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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta How to Change a SQUARE i into a good SALESMAN Wednesday, April 11, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGI HIRALD S3 Jail sentence said no deterrent VANCOUVER (CP) Does a jail sentence serve as a de- terrent to the drug addict? A prisoner at the British Columbia penitentiary an- swered with an "no" during a symposium held in Vancouver under the auspices of the B.C. Correc- tions Service. The prisoner, identified only as Bernie and a heroin addict for 25 years, said a jail sen- tence "doesn't act as a deter- rent it's a complete waste." The symposium, attended by'some 200 doctors, nurses, social workers, lawyers, cler- gymen, teachers and repre- sentatives of law enforcement and correctional agencies, later issued a report urging a medical approach to treating the drug addict. But it reached no firm conclusion on a suggestion, supported by Bernie, that controlled use of narcotics should be made legal. In a talk liberally sprinkled with the jargon of the priscn yard and the drug addict, Bernie, 44, told how he had spent most of the last 20-years of his life popping in and out of prison. JUST AT WEEKENDjS "The first time I got busted for the stuff was 1953. I'd been using it for about 4% to five years but I was never ad- dicted. I used to fix just on weekends here and there. "to '53 I went to jail and I sprung myself in three months and 10 days. In 1954 I was sentenced to four years and fined or an additional six months for possession of 100th of a grain on a handkerchief. "I figured I was fairly heav- ily penalized for a period of iour years for such a small amount of heroin. I was out in oce year. "I was a pretty good boy. I say good boy (because) I wasn't messing with junk. I was out there blowing cans (safecracking) and keeping pretty active, because this was my life. "Another 13 months and I fell for a 12, this time behind junk again. So I get out after six years and four months. "I went to work as a roofer, the first time I was gainfully employed in a period of 20 years. Boom! I get myself wired up again and the next thing you know I'm back in action. "I get nailed again and get four years. So I make another go, I take a welding course. I went to work for a while but I got laid off owing to the fact that shop welders are a dime a dozen. STEADY LOSERS "Anyway, being a prowler, I'm up to my old tricks again. I got busted and I got six months; the judge gave me a break. "But I think as I look at you people, 16 years I've walked the big has It really changed me? I think, if you look at many convicts, we're continual losers time after time after time. "We wake up, like I've wak- ened up right now at the age of 44. The front of my hair is waving goodbye to the back. I'm not as fast as I used to be, and here I am still walk- ing that yard. I ssy, will this trick ever finish? "What I want to say in ess- ence is I don't really be- lieve that all these years in prison stop a guy from using stuff. "What I want to say, my most important point here, fa that it doesn't act as a deter- rent. PUT AN AD WIT... AND TURN IT LOOSE IN The Letkbridge Herald Phone 328-4411 and speak to a Lethbridge Herald Display Advertising Representative News for value-wise shoppers If you've put off buying a coat or suit come down you're still in time for this great collection and Spring! At these low prices you may even want to buy both. o'r shine Pant Coats In Navy, Aqua, Kelly Melon, Peach, Purple, Grey Brown. (Not all colors in all Misses 8-20. Each 17" Coats velveteens, flannels, quilts in assorted colors. Misess' 8-20. Velveteens In, half sires too. brocades; so dressy to wear whatever the weather. 2 styles, Green. Sizes 10-20. 39" pique 3 pee. suit as shown, a double knit 2 piece pant suit too Not all sizes in colors Navy. Misses 10-18. Each 16" Ladies' Suits and Coats STORE HOURS: Open Doily from a.m. to p.m., Thurs. ond Friday a.m. to p.m., Centra ViHoge Moll, Telephone 328-9231 ;