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AJ 17.08.06 has just reached me here in sunny California, so at this late date I read Astragal's snide remarks on Jeffrey Archer.

The nominal premise of 'correction' is to enable people to reect on and reform their behavior. In Archer's case, perjury must have looked especially stupid from the vantage point of prison.

There's also an assumption that once people have served their sentences, they are to be given another chance. Martha Stewart comes to mind. If she showed up at Florence Hall in similar circumstances, would Astragal describe her as a cheat and wonder aloud why anyone would want her? I really doubt it.

John Parman, Berkeley, California

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