Interview with Laverne Barkley

Was that when we told the history of Attica we wanted people to understand that the inmates can't just be separated from the rest of society you have to understand that people are connected to their communities and the job of prisons is, is to allow them to return. You were telling that to us before, that people deserve to come out with their dignity intact. But how did the community here respond?


They responded tremendously. All of the ministers, here, all of them. All the people. The cards, even monies that were sent. And places all over sent cards regarding Elliot. Not in this state but in other states as well. I couldn't believe how many people were so sympathetic and cared so much. And, um, our governor didn't. I just couldn't believe.