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A Prisoners’ Pen Pal Finds Making Connections is a ‘Beautiful Thing’

For four decades, a Syracuse, N.Y. woman has been writing letters to death row inmates and other prisoners, enriching their lives and hers. But things got a little more personal when she began writing to someone who was a student at an elementary school where she once worked.

U.S. Should Have Prevented Bulger Death: Prosecutor

Carmen Ortiz, the former U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts who oversaw the prosecution of James “Whitey” Bulger, said, “Incidents like this should not be happening at a federal prison. I knew he would die in jail…but I had not envisioned this kind of an end.” Bulger, 89, was beaten to death in a West Virginia lockup.