Interview with Arthur Eve
QUESTION 11
INTERVIEWER:

My next question has to do with the issue of amnesty, which became a stumbling block between the inmates and the state, ah, why was amnesty important to the inmates in this discussion?

ARTHUR EVE:

Well, there were certain ones that wanted this--

INTERVIEWER:

Just mention amnesty--

ARTHUR EVE:

--yeah, ah, the, the question of amnesty that was raised was very important to a segment of the inmate population. Ah, they had literally given up on this country, they had literally given up on this country being fair, and, and, and mainly to minorities, African Americans, Latinos, and they genuinely wanted to leave the country, they genuinely wanted to go somewhere else. But after a period of time, it became very clear that that was not something the state was willing to do, and the inmates were told this, you know, on Saturday I believe, that amnesty was out, and of the 28 demands, there were about 24 that the state was willing to consider, and had literally agreed on some of them. So, amnesty was not something that everybody wanted, it was a segment of the population that wanted amnesty.