The Law: One Judge, One Prisoner

Like most of the other 25 judges who spent a day as mock convicts in Nevada State Prison last summer, Plummer Shearin of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Md., came away shaken by the experience. But he saw a way to help at least one of the real prisoners. During seminars with "con-sultants," he had met and been impressed by Thomas Eisentrager, 48, a lifer. Checking further, Shearin found that Eisentrager was also highly regarded by both prison officials and fellow convicts for his thoughtful views on penology and probation, his reliability in prison jobs and his efforts at...

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