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Bloodiest prison in the South subject of Feb. 16 presentation

Kalen Churcher gives insider's view of 'Inmates, Media and Life on the Farm' at Bowers Writers House

Inmates are E-town presentation subject"Inmates, Media and Life on the Farm," is an insider's look at what was once considered the bloodiest prison in the South.  Dr. Kalen Churcher's talk, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Elizabethtown College's Bowers Writers House, shows the penitentiary through the eyes of the inmates, using, appropriately, many of their own words and images. The presentation is sponsored by the Bowers Writers House and the College's Communications and Sociology departments.

The inmates featured in Churchers's discussion are members of the prison's press, cable TV station and Federal Communications Commission-licensed radio station. Their goal is to inform their incarcerated peers and educate the public on the U.S. penal system, Louisiana law (which in some ways parallels Pennsylvania law) and the idea of rehabilitation versus retribution.

Churcher is assistant professor of Communication Studies at Niagara University. She earned a doctoral degree from Pennsylvania State University. She was a newspaper reporter with the Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Contact: Kelly Poniatowski at or 717-361-1371.

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