Letters from a Prisoner

It had been a good letter—articulate, grammatically correct, with precise punctuation and pleasing syntax. Maureen had read it in the readers’ response section of Parade. She’d cut it out with her razor knife, which she used exclusively for clipping articles and coupons. Claude, the writer, had finished by saying, Some of us are here for regrettable things; some of us are here because of an injustice in the justice system. Some of us want to do good when we go back into the world. Please give us a chance.

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