A Chance Encounter that Chipped Some Ice in My Head


It had never crossed my mind to interact with an imprisoned felon, but now I intend to do so, and this web site seems to me the most trustworthy site from which to initiate such interactions.

A prisoner in a prison in Wisconsin contacted me in search of a copy of a law review article I had written.  I assume he thinks it can assist him in his appeal. I found his request as thoughtful and well-constructed as any of the several notes I have received from academics making a similar request.  Curious, I read transcripts of his case and a subsequent appeal and a class action he is trying to initiate. Just my brief contact with him has opened my eyes to prison culture beyond where a few books had taken me.

I would be curious to hear from any of you who initiate contacts with prisoners.

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