The Press: How Many Angels?

In Taylorsville, Ky., a weekly editor raised a skeptical eyebrow at Drew Pearson's column in nearby Louisville's Courier-Journal last month. Pearson's Washington "Merry-Go-Round" told a "shameful, shocking story" of thousands of juvenile delinquents who were being imprisoned with hardened criminals. As a horrible example, he cited Taylorsville's own "two-cell, log jail" where, he said, "a 13-year-old runaway boy was locked up . . . for four days with a screaming, laughing maniac."

In the Spencer County Magnet, Editor Burlyn Pike straightened Columnist Pearson out. The jail, built 23 years ago, was made not of logs, but concrete; it had four cells,...

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