The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 6, 1954 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, May 6, 1954
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_ THURSDAY, MAY 8, BLYTHEVILL1 (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Arkansas Clemency System Parole Officers Sa y Most Men Freed Become Good Citizens (This is the third in a series on the clemency system for Arkansas convicts.) By CARL BELL LITTLE ROCK Iff}—While there are some notable exceptions, Arkansas parole officers say a vast majority of convicts released before expiration of their sentences turn out to be good citizens. "Most parolees do all right," said Parole Director Sam P. Cannon. "But their cases don't get into the newspapers. The parolees who get into trouble again are the ones who make the headlines." Records of the State Parole Board show that it granted 405 paroles in 1953 and had a total of 1,049 parolees under its supervision at the end of the year. During- the same 12 months, 115 paroles were revoked—mostly for minor infractions. Some parolees obtain good jobs and make above-average money in addition to staying out of further trouble. Among the examples are two brothers who were sentenced to 12 years each for murder in 1948. They were paroled in 1951. One of the brothers, now about 31, is working in this state as a welder, earning $200 a month. He has married and is supporting his wife and three stepchildren. Learned Lesson The other brother, 30, is drawing $252 a month as a truck driver. His wife is very active in civic affairs of their community. "Those boys won't give us any more trouble," says Cannon, "they 2ost their temper in a fight, killed a man, went to prison and learned their lesson." Then, there was the south Arkansas Negro sent up for burglary and grand larceny in 1944. He escaped in 1945 but returned to prison voluntarily two years later, explaining he • realized he could never make good as long as he was on the wanted list. The Negro was paroled last year. Since then he married a woman who had two children by a previous marriage and now is making $57.20 a week in a bauxite mine near Little Rock. Parole authorities never give up hope that a convict will straighten up. One white man served five 'terms in the Texas prison and one in the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kan. Then, he was convicted of forgery in Arkansas in 1947 and sentenced to 10 years. Learned a Trade "His trouble was drinking," explained Cannon, "He'd steal or forge & check to buy whiskey." This same convict was paroled in June. 1935. He promptly joined Alcoholics Anonymous and broke his habit. Having learned the barber trade in prison, he borrowed money and built a new barber shop. His monthly reports to the Parole Board show he is earning $400 to $450 a month and staying on the wagon. C. C. Taul, senior parole officer, says: : "People get the wrong idea that these convicts are all vicious. The greatest troubles for parolees are whiskey and women, not the desire to injure anyone." Director Cannon made an observation likely to surprise the layman when he said: : "Our life-termers, our murders make the best parolees. The drunks and the paper hangers come back." A "paper hanger" in criminal lingo is a forger. TOMORROW: .'Extended furloughs for convicts are a thing of the past. End Advance for Pms of Thursday. May 6). Rodcliffe Coeds Get 'Bare' Facts CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (ffj — Radcliffe College, just across the square from Harvard University is drawing the shades on the girls. Bare midriffs, extra-short shorts and bare shoulders were banned in a directive last night. In addition, the girls' sunbathing was restricted to roofs of three college buildings. "We must remember." a Radcliffe official said, "that we are in the middle of a city and dress accordingly. First primeo. account of the discovery of Australia was published in 1542. ZsaZsa Gets Cold; TripwifhPorfirio Delayed at Ireland SHANNON. Ireland WPi—Zsa Zsa Gabor started out for Ne\v York today with Porflrio Rubirosa but landed liere complaining "I'm frozen." The dapper Dominican's private plane developed neuter trouble en route from Paris. ZSa Zsa. complaining of the chill, hopped off the plans bundled up in a full-length mink, blue jeans, two cardigan sweaters and white wool ankle socks. When it appeared -it would take some time to fix the plane, a converted B25. Zsa Zsa. hurried off to the airport hotel to get some rest. Rubirosa, who stood silently while his blonde companion did the talking, wore gray slacks and a blue blazer. Romantic Deferment GASTONIA, N. C. UP) — A registrant wrote to the Gaston County draft board: "Dear sir: ''I am suffering from romantic fever and my wife is pregnant . . . Please excuse me from the draft." The game of softball originated at the Farrngut boat club. 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