II-"No. 50061, Inside Maximum Security" - Ben Bagdikian - Washington Post

II-"No. 50061, Inside Maximum Security" - Ben Bagdikian - Washington Post

Six Days in State Prison Through The Eyes of a 'Murderer'

by: Ben H. Bagdikian | publication date: January 30, 1972 | Publication: The Washington Post | pages: A1 & A12

 The aging forger slid over the bench where we were watching television.  "Did you really do it?" "Do what?" "You know. The murder."  I looked at him in astonishment.  Prisoners don't say things like that to each other.  It's the kind of question a clumsy informer asks.  "No," I told him coldly, "I didn't."  It was true.  I was in a maximum security penitentiary for murder.  But I hadn't killed anyone.  No one at the prison - warden, guards, inmates - knew that.  All they knew was that one night, two state policemen delivered me in handcuffs as a "transfer" from a distant county jail.  

Bagdikian goes undercover as an inmate in central Pennsylvania for six days, after three months of reporting on the prison system from the "outside."

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