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Capitol Perspectives: My Time in Prison

by Phill Brooks

The recent decision by the governor to reopen the abandoned state penitentiary for tours has reminded me of my own time behind the walls decades ago. No, I was not sentenced to prison. Rather, I was given an unprecedented level of access for a reporter to a prison holding Missouri’s toughest criminals. It was a degree of access unthinkable today. That change says something fundamental about how

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