XIIIA-"Behind Prison Bars: Loneliness, Unemployment" - Charles Howe - San Francisco Chronicle

XIIIA-"Behind Prison Bars: Loneliness, Unemployment" - Charles Howe - San Francisco Chronicle

Problems of Parolees

by: Charles Howe | publication date: March 12, 1971 | Publication: San Francisco Chronicle |

". . .Richter had been out of prison for seven months and he hadn't been able to find a steady job. He sat in his small, neat Mission District room and he twisted his fingers. 'I've got to get to work, you see. I've got to make friends. There's this girl upstairs I'd like to take to the movies.' He reached in his pocked and extracted a coin. 'I can't take her anywhere on a dime.' He looked at his feet. 'You don't know what it's like to be lonely and without work. If it keeps us like this, I know I'm going back in the joint' . . ."

An article drawing attention to the difficulties parolees face after being released from prison, especially in California, whose parole system is ill-equipped to deal with the state's 19,000 parolees.

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