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Jailhouse Rock l’_|’

A large crowd attended the
second rock concert sponsored
by John Simon and WLRS

Riff-Raff and Rapid Fire, in
their second appearance at the
reform'atory performed with
the same wild- ecstatic and

: energetic musical talents as in

I their first showing.-

. Rapid Fire played with that
“ special musical talent that only
comes with young, gifted and
. unique musicians. Such talent
7 ":15 hard to find anywhere, yet‘

these five young men_ are

together. They ' have been
playing together far two years.

This is a remarkable musical

span for rock bands. Their gift






By Kenny Hays, KSR

of the first performance. Jeff
McCaffrey, the violinist and
keyboard player, played'this
modern day hit with the zest of
any great musician.

The band members of Rapid
Fire are Mike Stiles (bass),
Robbie Johnson (lead guitar)
Terry House (rhythm), 'Mike
Hoke (drums), and Jeff
McCaffrey (keyboard and vio-

Riff-Raff, with the same
enthusiasm from their past
performances, rendered the
latest in modern rock to the
audiences. They played more
of their own original .tunes.
Riff— Raff, a band with energe-
tic land emotional? musicians,
put their inter-soul in each

-1r (0 leave a,

audience. .
Purple Haze, a modern
rock tune, is the favorite of

Riff-Raff, yet, each song they

-* play is one to be remembered.

Being a great band, they
provided uswith music, but at
the same time, left us hope.
The talented musicians of
Riff-Raff' are. Bob Koestal
(drums), Pat Bariese (singer),

. Allan Phelps (leadguitar), and

‘ Bobby Neil (bass). ,

. We' are grateful to John .
Simon and WLRS (102). They

are responsible for the Rapid
Fire and Riff-Raff perfOrm-
ances here at the Kentucky
State Reformatory. We hope
that they keep believing in us
and keep helping to furnish


entertainment for the resi-

" 7% had a large turnout for
’WLRS- 102 and the rock bands.
‘ Rapid Fire and Riff— Raff (left).

Mike Stiles of Rapid Fire

displays his unique and ener- ‘

getic style on his “magic”
bass (bottom left). Rapid, Fire,
a hard rock band, plays far the
residents at KSR (bottom

(Photos by Chris Brooks)



“Music is a Way ’of life"

By Kenny Hays, KSR

The bass is such a lovely
and interesting sounding mus-
ical instrument. It’s sound is
such a deep quality that the
musician playing this instru-
ment has to be good with his
bad self. Being part of the
rhythm section. the bass has
the lowest sound in polyphonic

Just recently, I spent some
time learning about the bass
from ‘two musicians. In this
case, these two were excellent
bass players. .

Mike Stiles,'a young musi-
cianfrom New Albany, lnd.,is '
a gifted bass player as well as
a singer. He plays for the
musical group Rapid Fire.
With his leadership, the songs
are clear and understandable.
Yet, at the same time, his

, gifted mus1c1an. He plays bass ;
because it is such a hard»
»instrument to master. Mike is
a master and Rapid Fire is a ~

great band.


Bobby Neil of Riff-Raff,
plays with unlimited body
motions benefitting a great
musician. His rhythm is con-
stantly in‘tune with his fellow
players. His instrument (the
bass) is so powerful and
wonderful that this lovely
sound carries beyond and
above any other instrument.

Bobby, a resident of Louis-
ville, is a great asset to Riff-

Bobby plays his bass for
enjoyment and relaxation. It is
very energetic and tiresome,
but he has his rewards. The
audiences that he performs in
front of is always happy. This
happiness is shared by Bobby

as well as the other members '

of Riff-Raff.
Together Mike and Bobby


in the near future they are able
to come back to KSR and
perform for us again.

Bureaus ioin hands
on employment proiect

The Bureau of Manpower.

Services and the Bureau, of

Corrections have joined hands

to assist in finding suitable


According to Travis Shirley,
0.J.T. manager for the Office
of Career Development, the
Bureau of‘ Corrections is plan-
ning to utilize Manpower Ser-
vices microfiche employment

listings in finding suitable jobs

for inmates.

“The Bureau of ManpOwer
Services has a. job bank in
which statewide job openings
are placed on microfiche and
distributed to local manpower
offices, Shirley described. “I
have spoken with the director
of the‘employment offices,
Clarence ' Weldon, and the
commissioner’s assistant,
Dave Lollis, and they’ve Verbj-

V_ ally agreed to allow our insti-

tutions to utilize the job bank
When this program is im-

" -~p_lemented and utilized by the



employment prior to parole or-

, the inmate’s


institutions, inmates would be
given another
which to seek employment in
their home communities prior
to being released from an

the job.
openings would be related to

1‘ ‘Idealistically,

training that he had received
in vocational education or
on- -the —job training, said

The most significant advant-
age to this service would be.
the establishment of a working“

, relationship between the
(Bureau of Corrections and the '

employment service, accord-

- ing to Shirley.

‘ence. Wel'hope that Sometime

resource in -

“I want to stress the point

that the, job bank services

~ 'would not be the answer to the‘
. current problem inmates have T

in finding emplOyment prior to '

parale, but it may aSsist them

in knoWing .’what 5 available in ‘

_ "their hame commun1t1es, he
.said. "







Page 2 -- The INTER-PRISON PRESS -- August 1979

By Donald N. Ecie, KSR

If I were a mailman, I ’d go from door to door;

greeting many people, the rich as well as poor.

But I wouldn’t bring them letters, as other mailmen do;

I’d tell them of the love of God, and how Jesus died for you.

I’d tell them of a Saviour, who died upon the Cross;

To free us from a sinful world, His blood is what it costs.

That precious blood of Jesus, was paid to save your souls,-

Yes, that" precious blood of Jesus, is a debt now paid in full;

Now all you have to do my friend, is put your faith in Christ;
Asking God ’s forgiveness, through His son, who paid the price.
There is no need to practice with the words that you might say;
Just ask forgiveness from your heart, God will hear them anyway.
My friend, believe in Jesus, to come into your heart,-

And cleanse you from your sinfulness, and create a brand new start.
Believe and trust in Jesus, He’ll cast out all your sins;

Yes, when you ask forgiveness, in Jesus, your life begins.

By Kenneth Allen, KSR

So many have yielded to the pleasures of today,
' Unaware of happiness becoming as grains of sand and slipping away.

The mirage of contentment is forever before the restless eyes
'of the man of passions, as he fails to realize,

that satisfied senses and jovial hearts,

are not happiness; not even" a start.

, Yea, through sights and sounds and wisps of smoke
life slips away; becoming a self-inflicted joke,

at which our fellows ponder and jest, . _ _
and winners losein life’s contests-.35:if}?_ ,_

inn » as! .I »~i....z.'

-: ‘ 3..'..'4.;Zz,___'i"a__._'V":~'via‘~-3ffwaui '7“ {‘2 ‘ 1; ‘
hose who win must see all; both there and here
events to happen in the far and the near,
that will break or make a man, '

when he answers the call to make his stand.

Some pursue solutions to probl. as that arise, »
and to those, the strong, goes the happiness they recognize.


E the kentucky


Public Edumtion Services Manager

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Kentucky State Penitentiary .................... 787
Kentucky State Reformatory ................................ 1956
Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women ............... 110
Blackburn Correctional Complex ............................ 254
Bell County Forestry .Camp .................................... 67
Harlan County Forestry Camp 31
Daniel Boone Career Development Center .............. _...35
Western Kentucky Farm Center ..... ................... _ ..... 1 37
Frankfort Career Development Center ....................... 77
Roederer Farm Center ......................................... 145

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By Charles T. Harris

As I sit
alone in my cell.
It is on you -
that my thoughts always dwell;

For be it by day
or be it by night
Your image to me
is always in sight.

‘ Even though
we are far apart.

Just saying your name
brings joy into my heart.

No more do I worry
. -no more do I weep.
I have a love '
alove I can. kee
v 12:23"? " ' " wit,
A, man has but one love
a love that is true.
I have found that love
and.that love is you.

It is on you . . , ' .

that my thoughts always dwell: 1

As I sit ,
alone in my cell . . .

By Terry Curry, KSR " , .. ~' \

I am society '_s collector'='of‘deb_ts, and _ “
my purse is the bottomless maw j ~
- of time insatiably storing the ,e . ,
payments of days, implacably. totaling
the months and the years . . .

Comeécome and look upon the faces of
these .I hold and, see thereon the -
reflection of my image engraven: '-
as a deep and final proof of _
society ’s inadequacy of man ’s - -
inhumanity . . .

I am" gut-searching, anguish destroying
' the man" who is wwith desperate ‘A
hope, waiting for the letters, the ’
visitors, that never come . ‘. '
Yes, IAm The Prison! I] - .
Wherein the smothering confines of
a steel-barred cage crushed with
the weight of human reality; ; . , 7.: .
wherein the endless emptiness of '
the days and shattering loneliness '
of the eternal nights repeat and. ,
repeat my message . . . endlessly.“




' Editor, IntergPrisoii’Piéss


Having been a resident of V

the Kentucky State Reforma-

Vtory for the past three years,

and having been a participant
in the recreation program on a
limited basis for those three
years, I believe the recreation
program here has deteriorated
to the point that I must
verbalize a few recent frustra-
tions with this program; '

On May 15, 1979, the insti-
t‘utional policy on resident-'

.owned tennis rackets and ten-

nis balls was revised to totally
disallow any resident from

possessing his own personal

racket. This reversed a stand-
ing - '4 policy that allowed ' a
resident -to receive on a visit,
or purchase from theinmate

. canteen, a tennis racket for his.

own use. As a resident. owned
his own racket. he was, of
course. responsible for the
upkeep of his racket. grips,
strings, etc. This policy seem-
ed to be reasonable for the
residents who wanted to be
sure they always had a racket
to use. and it didn’t put a great

-strain on the institution’s bud~ ‘

get. ,
With the present policy,

jwhereby the institution pro-






Earl Cantrell,mod‘el truck builder

This model truck was built from Earl 'Cantrell’s memory. it took around 80 hours over a
two-month" period to build. It is made of scrap metal and acrylic for the windows.
hand-shaped and welded together. The detail is almost unbelievable.
hinges on the doors, hood and tailgate.
Mr. Cantrell is a teacher’s aid in La Gr
course that he has completed.

posedyto supply'rackets to all

residents interested in playing
tennis, in a short three months
since the policy change, the

. intramural tennis program has

almost ceased to exist. Resi-
dents can only use available
rackets .(at present usable
rackets number less than six)

4 during regular working hours

(8 a.m., to 3 pm.) Monday
through Friday, and two even-
ings. lpersonally think like SO
many other tennis players that
these hours make it impossible
to practice except for those
two evenings, since I do not
adhere to the widely held
“country club” opinion of this
institution..- Also, the condi-
tion of the equipment has not
been' maintained and as stat-
ed, there are currently less
than six rackets available for
play. This rules out the maxi-
mum use of the available
facilities and the playing of
doubles. Because of the lack of
rackets the intramural pro-
,gram has been discontinued.

While I am up On my
soapbox. I would also like to

take a shot at the way the'

recreation budget is adminis-


, [Photos by Larry Lenston]

tered. Seemingly, the only
program out of the gym that
warrants good equipment. is
the “Varsity Program.” in the
past two softball seasons. the
Varsity team has been outfit-
ted with new uniforms twice,
the Varsity basketball team is
also afforded new equipment.
Whiie the general resident
uses worn-out tennis, balls for
handballs, what amounts to a
glorified beach ball on one
outside basketball court. A -
resident can rarely check out
an institutional tennis racket
with strings, or for practice
play. .a softball glove with
webbing that is in tact.

It seems to me that if the
institution recognizes that a
good healthy recreation pro- .
gram maintains physically and

psychologicallly healthy resi-
dents. it would, attempt to
spread its recreational budget.
to a few of the fringe areas
where the twenty-five or thirty
varsity team players don’t
usually play.

~ Sincerely.
, W. D. Longest, KSR


All the parts are
The truck has working
It even has a bed rack and spring shocks on the wheels.
nge Vocational Auto Body. This is a two-year 2640-hour





 Page 4 -- The INTER-PRISON PRESS -- August 1979

On freedom

By Alurthur Benge, KSR

As a boy in school, I once

read of an Englishman who

was cast into prison for owing
a trivial amount of taxes. He
maintained that he did not owe
the taxes and on that princi-
ple, he refused to pay it or let
it be paid by his relatives.
This took place centuries
ago when prison was in the
form of a dungeon beneath a
unhealthy air was worSened by
seepage from the surrounding
moat. This man subjected
himself to frequent abuse and
poor food while it was within
his power to free himself from
it, on a mere principle! '
From his dim, musky, un-
derground cell came beautiful
poetry, many stories of far-
away places, and a quote that I
upon until I die, “Walls and
bars do not a prison make.”
To me it is a statement that
reveals the mind of an indivi-
dual who truly understood
what freedom was. Those
eight words tell me that incar-

The already musky.‘

remember and stand .

ceration merely restricts my
physical world and in no way
does it imprison me. To' 1mpri-
son me, you would have to
program my mind to think of

.. nothing outside the fence of

KSR, and I challenge that
attempt. My mind is constant-
ly seeking new things to
strengthen the old broaden-
mg in Its SCOPE. wandering to
the ends of the earth and for
reaches .of outer space. I
refuse to allow my being to be

imprisoned.” Contrary to this, I

use my physical restrictions to

attain greater freedom of spir- ,
, it. To capsulize the thought, I

LIVE rather than exist, and
indeed I wholeheartedly agree
that walls and bars do not a
prison make!

My name is Arthur Wayne
Henge, #79169. Iwbuld like to
use this paper to request mail
from anyone who cares to
write. Ican also play chess by
mail My address is the above
name and number at Box 188,
La Grange, Kentucky, 40031,
Dorm 6.


An opinion


By Arthur Benge, KSR

I am 21, and hail from

Rockcastle County, 'Ky., a
rural community. I have‘been
incarcerated since November,
1977, for robbery.
' Because I was a confused
boy of eighteen when I was
arrested, it goes without say-
ing that these past 20 months
have been a crash course in
maturity. Among my reflec-'
tions on this formative period
are many errors, but I learned
nearly as many lessons.

Therefore, from the solemn
frameof mind, I accept my
incarceration without resent-
ment and strive to make each
mistake a valuable lesson. The
bottom line is “accept the
punishment you asked for and
received, thereby setting a

frame of mind that will enable .

you to better yourself.”

I do nothing in the way of
claming sainthood. But I am
confident that the achieve-
ments I have made are very
positive ideas that will serve to
stabilize my attitudes. I have
chosen to make my time serve

- with as much knowledge in as

many areas as possible.

I have set several goals,
both long and short term, but I
have placed staying out of
prison at the top of my with

respect for the fact that with-
out freedom and self-support

‘none of‘ my other goals, save

one, are even remotely pos-
sible. This brings me to the

actual fork in the road as I now - '

fully understand that I must
sacrifice a great deal to accom~
plish the tasks I have set upon
myself. Not to do so, will
result in a relapse or backslide
into the self-indulgent vices
that will lead me back to KSR
or a similar institution.

_ In my opinion, prisons are
for the various types who
cannot function as an ordinary
gear in the clockwork of so-
ciety and must be removed.
Prison does not rehabilitate
any one, neither does prison
personnel. An individual re-
habilitates himself by realizing
his position and the desire to
change it. To restore our
position it is essential that we
recognize and respect our
fellow man regardless of his
color, race or culture. Many
people are narrow enough to
resent superior qualities an-
other may possess, and such
an opinion as breeds preju-
dice. Ifeel that prejudice is a

pit of quicksand that' will '
' eventually engulf society and

affect it's end.


Quotable Quotes

By Kenneth Allen, K SR

”When you get something for nothing, you just haven’ t been billed for it

“She fellow who leans on his family tree never seems to get out of the
woo s.

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in our own
sunshine.” .

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