U.S. At War: They Know What Freedom Means

"Hell," said an indignant inmate of California's grim 404-acre San Quentin Prison, "there's more patriotism inside here than outside. . . ."

A boisterous near-riot of San Quentin's 4,000-odd convicts one somber Sunday afternoon almost twelve months ago made able Warden Clinton Truman Duffy grin with pride. Reason: the Japs had just attacked Pearl Harbor; the convicts, swarming around him in the "Big Yard," were patriotically clamoring for immediate revenge.

They are getting it. Warden Duffy went after war contracts;* today San Quentin works eight hours a day instead of the traditional six, tops U.S. prisons in war production.

For the Navy, convicts make...

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