Law: Fresh Faces

Help for homely cons

"I've always been ugly," said a Florida prisoner serving a life sentence for murder in a letter to Surgeon Edwin Joy. 'That, added to some psychological problems, made me antisocial. I wanted to socialize, but who wants an ugly guy around?" 'His hope: surgery that would help the convict, 31, improve his self-image and perhaps reform him.

The operation, which Joy intends to do, would not be the first performed on a prisoner; at least 40 inmates in the South have sought a new outlook on life from Joy,...

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