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WHS students receive a glimpse at life behind bars from the men whose mistakes landed them there

May 3, 2014

CRANSTON – The walls of the visitor’s room at the J. Moran Medium Security facility are covered with colorful murals of Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Spiderman, all painstakingly hand-painted to make the room a little less dreary for the children and families who come to visit the prison’s 1,100 inmates.

But the artist who painted these walls wasn’t commissioned by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections.

They were painted by Steven A. Parkhurst, a 38-year-old inmate from Woonsocket who is serving the 21st year of a life sentence for killing a 20-year-old North Smithfield man in 1992.

Full story appears on page A1 of Sunday's Call.

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