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LETT.MEM.1955.4'6".DENN

Eugene Dennis: Letters from Prison

International Publishers; New York; 1956

Charge: Prosecuted under the 'Smith Act' for teaching and advocating non-conformist political ideas.
Prison: Federal Penitentiary, Atlanta, Georgia (Map)

First Imprisonment: 1950-55 (served 1 year and then 5 year sentence for 'excercising his constitutional rights gauranteed to him under the First Amendment)

Restricted amount of writing allowed (see p.5); Letters were severely censored; publication of any writing and/or any references made to communism were banned; Peggy Dennis (his wife) published letters after the 'conditional relase' had expired.

Prison cell:
Ten by 20 feet; shared by eight men; one small table; an open iron-barred front allowing 24 hour guard sureillence. "...replicas of the mistakes made in building heavily-barred and bolted, fortress-like Basilicas"

original designed for 1,200; housed 2, 243 at the time of Dennis' imprisonment.

"The new inamate...has no rights only" privileges" given and taken away at the will of officers and wardens" p 6

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