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PAROLE LAW RETURNS TO PEN
MAN EARNING HONEST LIVING The story of a paroled convict who was sent back to Joliet for two years b.ecause he left Chicago to get work is holding the attention of Former Judge McKenzie Cleland. He has written the state board of pardons asking mercy for the young fellow. Ray Martin, known in Joliet as Convict 2,292, was arrested two years ago. While drunk he gave a bartend er a check which was rejected by the bank. He was sent to Joliet for two years but at the end of the first year he was released on parole for one year. He at once furnished a place for his wife, who had supported herself while he was in prison, and secured a po sition. A few months later he. lost the job. A three-months' search did not un cover another. Martin and his wife were starving. He wrote to Warden Allen at Joliet and reminded him that he had of fered to cancel the parole at the end of six months if Martia.behaved. He got no answer. The parole law says that an ex convict: cannot leave the state until his parole is served: Martin thought his time was-done, so he went to New York and secured work in. a hospital. One day a man who 'was an inmate of Joliet with Martin drifted into the hospital He asked Martin to give him money fdr.dope and upon being refused told the police 'Martin was wanted in Illinois. He was arrested and brought be fore a judge, but discharged. The police, However, as soon as he left the court, took him again into custody and he was returned here. Once in Illinois he'was re-sentenced for two years for violation of parole. The boy claims that the only crime he has committed was to leave the state to find work and support his wife. "It was either keep running into debt, going hungry and seeing my wife suffer or else steal to supply them," reads the young man's plea for mercy at he hands of the pardon board. "I chose neither, but did go elsewhere in search of employment, which I think was the right thing." Cleland has asked the state board of pardons to reconsider Martin's case. o o HE STRUGGLED HARD Benevolent Old Lady Did you struggle against the consequences of temptation? Prisoner Sure I did. Benevolent Old Lady Ah, but you should have fought a little harder. If you had you wouldn't be in jail now. Prisoner I done the best I could, leddy. It took seven cops to get me to the station. NOT IN STOCK "I asked the waiter here the other night whether this place had a con science." "What did he say?" "He said he'd go and see, but he didn't think they had. Anyway, he said, if they did have it it was on the bill, and if it wasn't on the bill it was extra."