5/5/2010 11:47:00 AM Letter: Taxpayers foot bill for violence
Arizona tax payers are being asked to raise taxes, much of which will pay the "graduate school in violence" in Arizona prisons.
An escaped convict walked into my wilderness camp six years ago near Safford. Since then we have exchanged dozens of letters and several personal visits at Florence. We have become friends and written a short book together describing his escape, our encounter, and his recapture.
In Florence, he went from solitary confinement with no options for education or work training to being placed on an open yard with a whole different kind of training. He has been granted more and more privileges due to good behavior. One is greater exposure to murderers.
He has been assaulted several times and the tax payers are footing the bill for his training in violence and the medical bills to put him back together. If he survives, he will eventually be released, more violent and less able to work, thanks to our elected officials who expect us to give them a blank check. There is something wrong with this picture.