CRIME: Letters from Ossining

Inmates of the Maine State Prison rioted this month when their letter-writing privileges were curtailed (TIME, April 6). In Manhattan last week. Commissioner Bernard J. Fagan of the New York State Division of Parole told a Welfare Council meeting that "through correspondence, prisoners [at Sing Sing] join matrimonial agencies and sometimes have replies from women all over the nation, many of them splendid women. . . . The prisoners give only the street address of the prison in Ossining and often elaborate on the views from the windows and the beauty of the Hudson River. . . . The unsuspecting...

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