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Pen Pen: Killers, Coffee, and Not Wasting a Page

(Dang, maybe I need to sign on with Senator Bolin’s objection to officially renaming the state penitentiary and other prisons as “correctional facilities.” Pen Pen works better as a series title than Correctional Facility Communications….)

Samuel Lint, South Dakota State Penitentiary inmate #16334, sends this expression of transformational defiance and social critique from behind the wall that will remain between him and us for the rest of his life (or at least until the Legislature finds $339 million to build new walls outside of Sioux Falls to confine Mr. Lint and his fellow offenders).

Warning: the following writing includes nudity and coffee stains purportedly from the only man on South Dakota’s death row.

Return address, letter from Sam Lint to Dakota Free Press, mailed 2023.01.30, received 2023.02.03.
Don’t tell Senator Bolin: they’re already using “correctional facility” instead of “penitentiary”. Return address, letter from Sam Lint to Dakota Free Press, mailed 2023.01.30, received 2023.02.03.
Sam Lint, untitled poem, composed January 2023, received by Dakota Free Press 2023.02.03.
Sam Lint, untitled poem, composed January 2023, received by Dakota Free Press 2023.02.03. Click to embiggen!


  1. Mark Anderson 2023-02-03 17:44

    Pretty good poem. Is it better than grudz? Perhaps it’s his. Just wishful thinking, the linking.

  2. buckobear 2023-02-04 10:43

    Maybe “Rehabilitation Resorts?”
    Why aren’t incarcerated folks counted in the employment/unemployment figures?

  3. larry kurtz 2023-02-05 07:45

    A state-ordered lethal injection isn’t criminal justice; it’s suicide by cop but it’s the view of this progressive that anyone convicted of any felony requiring incarceration should be able to ask for a death with dignity rather than living a life of Hell in the South Dakota State Penitentiary.

  4. Bob Newland 2023-02-05 09:33

    Do prisoners have access to DFP?

  5. All Mammal 2023-02-05 10:55

    Bossman- I know in county jail each cell gets a tablet with internet access, which is shared by all the cellies in that cell. However, each text and email costs an absurd amount to the greedy contractor who owns the rights to exploit the inmates’ families before they are even convicted. In order to communicate directly through text and email, the family member or whatever has to set up an account with the contractor, say for instance Access Corrections, answer very personal questions to prove who you say you are and each time you transfer money onto the inmate’s books, they can charge whatever sum they like. Unfortunately, I pretty much have this obligation most of my life, and it currently costs $9.98 every time I put money on the inmate’s commissary. In addition, the jail facility can take that money (not the fee but the principal) if the inmate owes fines or court fees, without either party ever knowing.

    Now, for the state pen, not more than two years ago, each inmate was issued a tablet with certain internet access. They sure still got to facebook:/

    I am soon going to get to reacquaint with how the federal system works again after my kin is sentenced. Being charged federally, the pretrial jail holding the innocent inmate gets to collect a substantial per diem (?) amount more compared to the other inmates, so county jails pass federal inmates around like trading cards, even before they are convicted. So as my bro waits to see the Honorable District Judge, he bounces around and they refuse to even tell him where he is (they wake them in the middle of the night for transport). It is a pain in the seat calling every podunk county jail in Nebraska looking for the guy when they should have just left him in Rapid City, where they’ll just have to drag him back to for court anyways:O It is a scary deal since people die in those arm pits all the time. It is all one big racket.

  6. Bob Newland 2023-02-05 11:44

    Mammal: Jeez! Words are inadequate.

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