About once a month, I get a letter from an inmate somewhere in the U.S. correctional system. Guys behind bars (who spend most of their time indoors) seem to like American Cowboy for the stories and photos of people living freely outdoors in the Great American West. I think they also have a lot of time to kill and are wanting in pen pals … Anyway, here’s a nice letter from someone hoping to change his ways. I’ve always believed in second chances.

“First, let me say ‘thank you’ to the entire staff at AC for a fine magazine and for your dedication and service. Not sure how many subscribers you see that share my current housing accommodations, but I look forward to the AC experience with every issue. In particular, thanks for the article about the Angola Prison Rodeo (June/July 2010). Warden Burl Cain’s got the right idea about rehabilitation—and that’s from someone who’s inside the fence. Wish we could rodeo in Texas again. God bless.”

James Peloquin, inmate #859412

Tennessee Colony, Texas

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