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Gazette Weekly News Magazine (Newspaper) - December 6, 1978, Cedar Rapids, Iowa news m VOLUME NUMBER 4 azinei CEDAR IOWA DECEMBER 1978 Inside New for stargazers Startopped Christmas trees deco rate frosty windows in celebration of while overhead a treeshaped group of stars called Taurus decorates the night See page BULK RATE Postage Permit Cedar Fresh snow and floodlights after dark cast an eerie glow on visitors inside the walls at the Iowa Mens Reformatory Stone walls dont make a good prison the key is programs By Bertha Finn Goiellc correspondent ANAMOSA There is no such thing as a nice Any place that locks up men cant be But we have a good So described Iowa Mens Reformatory Warden Calvin Auger as a group of Eastern lowan learned a little of how things operate inside prison this is your You pay the taxes for it to You have seen mostly You dont see the riutsand he told the group taking a public tour of the institution We are really like a small town We have our own police fire hospital and so It is true we have old but buildings dont make it good or Other institutions spend a lot more What makes our institu tion good is the dedicated Our job is to make it so the residents are better prepared for making it in the outside world than when they come he The 54 persons taking last weeks tour to nine areas within the walls were divided into two visiting the bakery and the where everything is made from scratch the treat ment which houses the central clinical and social services the print license plate carpenter tire hobbycraft a classroom and the Lots of peanuts Larry personnel conducted one which began the tour at the 280seat din ing which is also used by the 150 employ The with ovens that hold 150 loaves at a puts out an incredible 600 loaves of bread five days a The institution also uses government commod according Virgil food services Martin they are now getting lots of Martin said costs are 60 to 75 cents per meal per Portions of the renovated former north cell house is used as the treatment which contains central clinical services and so cial Lowell counselor explained that 11 counselors are currently employed at the institu Working as a they share information after meeting with the residents individually or in group In addition to an alcohol and drug treatment the residents are in charge of their own Alcohol Anonymous group a Phoenix group also aids in the rehabilitation of drug There is a lot of production going on in the print according to Leonard state industries Overall sales total approximately per In addition to automobile license validation and other institutional this shop handles all of the states welfare which per From 15 to 20 residents are employed here with six residents serving sixmonth vocational training The average shop time for oth ers is nine months to one Stoneking Please turn to page 9 Stone walls Gazette photos by John Me Ivor f Ido acting superintendent of the license platemaking gives tour a preview of the J 979 license plates Virgil correctional food service shows re formatory visitors the kitchen ovens and Sandwiches in the foreground are for guards and lockup
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