CRIME: Shook in Stir

Brought in to reform Montana State Prison at Deer Lodge after political appointees had mismanaged their way into a riot in 1957 and a sit-down strike in 1958, able Warden Floyd E. Powell, 46, gave convicts a break. He put salt, pepper, mustard and catchup on the mess-hall tables, instituted TV-watching hours, worked hard to shape up the grim, turreted brick buildings built in 1912.

But Powell's reforms had little charm for Jerry Myles, 44, six-time loser (burglary), sometime poem scribbler, and the prison yard's most flagrant homosexual. Nor did they change the...

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