From the February 1974 magazine.

Rebuilding on the Wasted Years

I'VE BEEN in prison many times and for many years since I was a teenager and was sentenced to five years for raping a girl. I didn't know I'd done it, because I was drunk. During that first prison term, I learned how to be a criminal.

When I got out, I tried being honest, but all I got was rejected, so I turned to drink again. Booze put me in another world--carefree, no worries. Soon I was in prison again for three years for rape and again another time for five years. I never learned a thing and only thought of getting out and getting drunk and making people pay.

-- A. R. Jr.

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

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