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The Old-New South (1)…

Flying Con-Air in 2001 from the Lewisburg to the Atlanta Penitentiaries after 11 years in the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), I was intensely curious as to how the South had changed.  Especially the prisons.

My initial serious time behind the walls was the 1964-65 period when I was sent to a Tennessee chain-gang.  While it was only a misdemeanor case, it managed to stretch into more than a year of hard time.

     I was young and full of it; fighting for civil rights, I was convinced I was going to change the world—or at least part of it.  There were those just as convinced that I wasn’t. more…