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Submitted 10:51 a.m.
11.18.2014
Letter to the Editor

I've judged prisoners in the past and maybe I will again in the future. However, I think I somehow forgot that you're human as well.”

Cameron of Monroe, NC

Dear Editor & Mr. Benzin,

I appreciate the fact that you shared this article with us. The behavior of prisoners can seem shocking to someone who has never been in the situation. I'm studying a book about the death penalty in my English class. I'm a junior in high school. The way that Mr. Benzin is being treated is deeply saddening. I realize that he did commit a crime but no one with cancer should be treated the way that he is. I feel that maybe we should start some sort of program for prisoners with serious medical illnesses. I realize that he does need to somehow pay for what he has done, but being in that situation isn't helping anyone there. Maybe someone could start a program where he lives in a separate facility where he receives proper medical care and is around other people with medical issues who may not judge so harshly.

I've judged prisoners in the past and maybe I will again in the future. However, I think I somehow forgot that you're human as well. You deserve sympathy just like anyone else would. Since I've started working my first job I see that people tend to have little compassion or empathy. Being a teenager working at a movie theater doesn't really compare to your situation but if I do anything in a way that people slightly dislike, I'm ridiculed for it. Regardless of if it is my fault or not. I have other situations that I may be judged for regardless of if it's in my control or not as well. So I empathize with you; I apologize for your situation, and I hope that someone does something in the near future to better it for you and others in similar situations.

 
These letters written in response to
Life Inside November 15, 2014
An aging bank robber faces the end.