The Press: From Jailhouse to Journalism

Deadlines are nothing new to newspaper reporters, but for Sidney Cassese of the Richmond Times-Dispatch they are double trouble. Cassese must not only get his copy in on time but he must also get home no later than 7:30 p.m.—on pain of arrest. Home for him is the Richmond city jail.

Born in Harlem, Cassese, 32, has served eleven years of a 30-year sentence in the Virginia State Penitentiary for armed robbery. When free from menial prison jobs in the bookbindery and pants factory, he nurtured a longtime interest in writing by taking a...

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