Beyond anger about crime

As I read your coverage of the problems regarding crime in the United States, I am perplexed that more prisons is seen as a solution. Even the most cursory studies of crime indicate a substantial recidivism. Prisons are universally recognized as training grounds of crime. If men are warehoused in overcrowded factories of violence and crime, the finished product is predictable.

The answers are there if we can look beyond our anger. Incarceration is not the answer unless it is tied to rehabilitation. I could give numerous suggestions, somewhat biased but based on experience from within. If you seek accountability in the ``crime war'' then you must ensure that you are not creating the enemy with the prison system. Arthur J. Curry, Pendleton, Ind. Indiana Reformatory

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