Pubdate: Sat, 26 Aug 2006
Source: Peoria Journal Star (IL)
Copyright: 2006sPeoria Journal Star
Note: Does not publish letters from outside our circulation area.
Authors: Matthew Rhoden and Brett Jarvie


As inmates of the Peoria County Jail, we have several observations. 
To begin, we realize this is a way station for alleged criminals. We 
do not expect the Hilton.

The real problem lies in the rehabilitation of one's self. The only 
programs available are an Alcoholics Anonymous group and G.E.D. 
course. There is nothing for high school graduates, no anger 
management, drug therapy or counseling of any kind. Besides reading, 
there is not much else to do but play cards and watch "The Price is 
Right" and "Maury Povich" every day.

The books leave something to be desired, namely content. Despite 
several Reader's Digests and psychiatry and psychology books, of 
which the most recent was published in the late 1970s, there is 
nothing of educational value. The vast majority of books are romance novels.

It is bad enough to be in here, but to degenerate in such a fashion 
is disturbing. A prisoner with a book in each hand has no hands left 
for violence.

So please, people of Peoria, help us help ourselves. Donate used 
novels, magazines and reference materials. Everyone is capable of 
change if given a chance. These people are most likely going to 
return to your community. Wouldn't you rather have them improve their 
attitudes and thinking?

Matthew Rhoden and Brett Jarvie