Monday, December 20, 2010

College students aren't the only ones facing room and board increases in 2011

According to the December 16 edition of my hometown newspaper, The Times-News,inmates at the Carbon County Correctional Facility in Nesquehoning, PA, are being hit with a January 1 increase in their room, board and medical rates. Room and board will be $20 per day, while a doctor's visit will cost $15.00.

The facility is the successor of the historic Carbon County Jail in nearby Jim Thorpe. It was here that about half of the 20 Molly Maguires, who were hanged in the 1870s, swung. It also was the site of the 1970 feature film, "The Molly Maguires." I wonder what the hanged Mollies and their families would have thought of the notion of having to pay room and board before being hanged.

It's said that the old jail is haunted by the ghost of a hanged Molly, Alexander Campbell, who placed his handprint in his cell's damp plaster, predicting its persistence would be a testament to his innocence. Legend is that even painting and plastering over the hand print was to no avail. As a young man I saw a print, but can't swear it was the same one Campbell placed their a century earlier.

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