Interview with Michael Smith
QUESTION 37
TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

Was the system frustrating for you? What did you see happen to people who came into the system?

MICHAEL SMITH:

The system was especially frustrating for me. There was, there was no, there was no system of segregation and by segregation I mean there were people there that were, that had mental problems that should have been addressed in a different manner than a maximum security state prison could provide. There were, ah, there were people, ah, that were, ah, long, had been criminals for, for a long time, long-term criminals. And, ah, for all practical purposes were, ah, probably not able to be rehabilitated. And at the same time you had inmates that were guilty of a first offense. At that point in time smoking marijuana was against the law. I had an 18 year-old kid that was doing time next to somebody that was in for doing murder for throwing a baby off a bridge or, or some, some capital crime. And, I don't think that, I don't think that it was a good idea to throw everybody into one melting pot like that. Ah.