I have known Elsa Newman for a while (“Judaism Behind Bars,” Nov. 15). We are pen pals and enjoy exchanging books we’ve read. I have visited Prisoner No. 921975 at the women’s jail on Brock Bridge Road in Jessup, Md. I know her situation. It’s not unlike my own or that of thousands of moms and kids. I urge you to do an investigative piece on how a mother can end up in prison for seeking help from the family court. I understand that the same court that handled her divorce was involved in the prosecution. Here is her website and the peti- tion: justice4elsanewman.com and thepetitionsite.com/5/Free-Elsa-Newman/. From these sites, you can learn more about her unjust incarceration.
Kathy Lee Scholpp