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2-C The Register: Danville, Va., Thurs,, Nov. 9, 1972 tioffa And De Angeles Disagree What Is It Like Inside Walls Of Lewisburg Prison? By LEE LINDER · Associated Press Writer ····· LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Beamed and vaulted corridors, with heavy traffic in both direc- t i o n s , give the federal penitentiary at Lewisburg the feeling of a 'busy college or hos- pital. But heavy doors and massive walls quickly remind all who -are inside where they are. · Where they are: ;· "Hell hole," says onetime un- ;- ion boss James Hoffa, where i there are "stabbings, fights, riots." f' A haven, says salad oil king l-_Anthony de Angeles, where a '"man can find himself spiritu-, physically and morally." ; While the truth may rest somewhere in between, both ·men have followers who sup -iport their views and both have ^been outspoken about their jyears in Lewisburg. .j 'Hoffa, former president of jtK*' Teamsters Union, spent ?|qur years and nine months be- ;.hind bars after being convicted ·;pf tampering with a jury. :i ;Dc Angeles served seven /.years after being convicted of /charges stemming from a $100- ;inillion salad oil fraud. X ;."! have seen useless destruc- tion of property, maiming of Chuman beings, loss of self-re- ;-spect and inhumane treat- ment," Hoffa told a Senate ^judiciary subcommittee. ':'· .Hoffa claimed that 45 per of the inmates at Lewis- jburg are homosexuals and that ^guards condone it. -:-. . "It is a terrible problem," he jfsaid. "It creates stabbings, ^fights, riots." $ -The tough-talking Hoffa said -··he learned a lot in 57 months i-behind bars. '"The kids I met in prison, the Cfirst offenders and the young ^offenders, they all tell you one Once they're out, they're ;nbt 'coming back. And the pub' I=Qic .better wake up to this." ;.'* "they all tell you," he con ^tinued, " if they get in trouble :;with the law again, and prob 'iably they will, they are not go ! s?ng to let anyone take them. ·;! "There's going to be violence ' No one is going to get them in prison except if they pget carried there. And the rea ]-;son is that prison dehumanizes ~:'them so and demoralizes .^.them." 0, De Angeles tells it differ- ¥ · "Coming here actually saved , jriy life," he said. "I came here : ;V;weighing 250 and I leave at 170 S;Spiritually, physically and mor '.Jra'lly :this prison has saved m :^life. I have no sorrow for com jilng here." i £ : -: Another convict, a 25-year-ol ! : ;;burglar from Buffalo, N.Y. ..^agreed. "I waived my parole s I could stay in jail," he said. : :· ' He is learning to make den A PLEA FOR REFORM--James R. Hoffa, former president of the Teamsters Union, gives testimony at a House Judiciary Commit- tee hearing on parole procedures, in Wash- ington earlier this year. He was then himself on parole from the federal penitentiary at ures in the giant, gray-stoned penitentiary on the edge of this ollege town, home of Bucknell University. "This is the only kind of re- labilitation that is worthwhile," said. "This gives m e a hell )f a good chance of not going back. I'm putting my time to use. I'll have a job when I hit he street." "A good job, in fact," re- marked James Keyser, chief dental technician. His staff of four, assisted by at least 33 in- mates, make all denture plates and other necessary dental ap- pliances for inmates in all the "ederal prisons in America. Graduates of the two-year arisen course receive 24 college credits and .an associate arts degree. But it benefits only a frae- :ion, perhaps 2 per cent, of the total prison population of 1,760. Lewisburg, Pa., and has since been discharged after spending four years and nine months behind bars. Advocating prison reform, Hof- fa urged new and smaller jails, realistic job training and better counseling. (AP Newsfeatures Photo) Job training is out of with reality," Hoffa said. line 'Li- cense plate and mop bucket manufacturing bear little rela- :ion to potential jobs in private industry." "No prison is good," insisted 47-year-old ex-soldier serving a life ter m for murder "This one is overcrowded, and there is insufficient staff for any kind .of meaningful program." Lewisburg is considered me- dium security -- for men with generally short terms, under 10 years, and who are considered less criminally sophisticated. It is one of 28 federal penal institutions and the only one completely surrounded by a wall. Prisoner protests across the country, riots and violence in some jails, and a growing pub- lic awareness has caused some wardens to take new looks at rules and regulations -- and many have been softened. This is what happened at Le- wisburg: Visitors -- Inmates can see family and friends seven days a week, without time limit, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A year ago visits were restricted to five specific days, with a maximum of four hours a month. Mail--Virtually unlimited in and out. Telephone calls -- Now per- mitted in emergencies and sometimes this is stretched to allow inmates to call home if there's been a long time be- tween letters. Spending -- Inmates now can spend as much as $25 a month on such things as cigarettes, candy, soft drinks. The limit used to be $15. Meals -- Served cafeteria style. No check-in and inmates can skip a meal if they desire. While most Lewisburg in- mates wear the familiar mili- tary-type khaki or green coats, some sport T-shirts, shorts, fan- cier slacks, sneakers or boot shoes. They have mustaches, beards, short and long hair. They walk alone or in pairs, seldom in larger groups. They converse quietly, laugh a little, sometimes exchange signals. Some carry papers, books or transistor radios. But eventually each comes to a door that has to be unlocked by a guard. Like the man said: "No pris- on is good." RECLINERS Choce of Colors MM FURN. 530 MONROE ST. OUT TO A NEW LIFE--Anthony de Angeles, freed after serving a seven-year prison term for a salad oil fraud, greets freedom outside the federal penitentiary at LewLsburg, Pa., with a tribute to the salutary effect of prison on him. He lost weight, he says, and gained spiritually and morally; in fact, "coming here actually saved my life." Lewisburg is one of various prisons across the country where prisoner protests, riots and violence brought softening of many rules and regu- lations. (AP Newsfeatures Photo) 1972's Gone With The Wind Is SUMMER OF '42 A beautiful memory is worth seeing and living again and again. SUMMER OF 42, just like Gone With The Wind is a classic. It is the ONE motion picture that people of all ages want to see again, won't you and your memories join us this Friday with SUMMER OF '42? AT THE RIVERSIDE

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  1. The Danville Register,
  2. 09 Nov 1972, Thu,
  3. Page 25

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