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Prison slams door on criminal-author

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posted on Jul, 7 2008 @ 04:22 PM
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Prison slams door on criminal-author


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A North Carolina inmate's novelist career violates prison policies against conducting a business behind bars, say officials.

Victor Martin, a 32-year-old habitual felon with several theft-related convictions, has written four novels while at a state prison in Elizabeth City. But now prison officials have confiscated his manuscripts and are disciplining him for writing under a policy he intends to legally challenge, the Raleigh News-Observer reported Monday.

"When I'm trying to do something positive, they want me to stop," Martin said in a telephone interview from the Elizabeth City prison. "The way I see it, they want me to stay stagnant and not do anything."
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posted on Jul, 7 2008 @ 04:22 PM
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You know, I tend to go against the criminals in stories like this, but I happen to agree with the inmate on this one. One of my main buzz points on being in favor of expanding the death penalty is the worth of a man doing absolutely nothing but draining public funds while sitting behind bars. Here we have a guy who's actually contributing something, litterature, to society while serving his time and they aren't going to allow him to do it? That's a big pile of crap right there.

I could even understand having a policy in place to keep an inmate from writing something potentially inflamatory to the other inmates or something of a pornographic sexual nature, but that doesn't seem to be the case at all here. The dude seems to be writing about what he knows, urban crime, and in this case I believe his rights are being unfairly removed.

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