IX-"Behind Prison Bars" - Tim Findley - San Francisco Chronicle

IX-"Behind Prison Bars" - Tim Findley - San Francisco Chronicle

Tehachapi -- the 'Good' Bad Place

by: Tim Findley | publication date: March 4, 1971 | Publication: San Francisco Chronicle | pages: A8

". . .Suppose you became a felon - a convict - and they processed you through the incoming prisoner facility at Vacaville, stamped your name and number in an indelible file and sent you off to prison. What kind of place would you want it to be? How about a neat little retreat in the Tehachapi Mountains 4000 feet high at the end of a soft idyllic valley where you wear your own clothes, spend three days alone with your family every 90 days, live with other men in a dormitory like the one you had in college, vote on important issues like how late you can beat your drum at night, make your choice of learning one or more of 19 trades, complete your education, and rarely see a uniformed "guard?" It would still be prison. . ."

Part of The Chronicle's "Behind Prison Bars" series, this article is a profile of sorts on Tehachapi Prison, a unique progressively-run prison that affords inmates drastically more freedom than California's other penitentiaries.

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