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Jails need change

by Doris J. Jones, Spring Hill, FL (Source: Letters to the Editor, St Petersburg Times)

To deny Buddhist chaplain Frank Tedesco access to the Pinellas County Jail for the reasons they cited is a bunch of malarkey. The prisoners request him and he's volunteering his time.

Tedesco is correct. It smacks of Christian interference. His ideas to stimulate the prisoners to do constructive work are wonderful. We need to cultivate new ideas in the jails. The United States has more people imprisoned than any other country. We need changes now.

Listen, folks, when prisoners want to hear a chaplain speak and they are denied, watch for the red flags. It is shameful conduct. Don't let it happen. The chaplain should be allowed to minister to the prisoners.

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