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Prison reform examined at Auburn panel discussion

Speakers at a prison reform panel in Auburn Saturday emphasized that inmates are human beings and said they deserve respect and dignity.

The panelists spoke about American prisons, issues surrounding them and reform at the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Society building. The speakers had been asked to attend by activist and author Joyce H. Smith-Moore.

Ute Ritz-Deutch, the Ithaca Chapter Group 73 coordinator for Amnesty International USA and a professor at SUNY Cortland, spoke about solitary confinement.

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