I recently had a chance to have a phone interview with Bill McClellan, a reporter for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. While Bill writes on many subject, his main focus and interest is reporting on prisons.
When asked about why he enjoyed the subject of prisons at such a high level, Bill Responded, ” It’s always a good story. It’s just interesting to catch up with people who 15 years ago were convicted of a crime and now they are changed. It’s such a strange world. It’s like executions, as long as theyre executing people there should be someone there to watch and see what its like. I am always happy to walk into a prison and always happier to walk out. ”
One of Bill’s most interesting articles is one that touches on how hard our judicial system is cracking down on drug use and sales. The article is called, “The times, They Are A Changing.” http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/bill-mcclellan/mcclellan-the-times-they-are-a-changing/article_a13c198b-b407-544d-b9a6-daf6614d7d91.html
In this article he exclaims his outrage on this prisoner, Jeffrey Mizanski, can serve a sentence of life without parole when his only crime was being a party to purchasing 5 ounces of marijuana. It is fascinating to hear his point of view on the subject of drug laws and how there needs to be a change.
Prisons are a fascinating subject and it takes a true journalist to be able to interact with a person who has committed murder, rape or any violent crime. Bill has covered all these basis and is eager to share his stories.