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Allen Richardson - Rochester Wiki
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Formerly known as Christopher Perlstein, in 1971 he attended the Rochester Institute of Technology as a photography student.He made the unfortunate mistake of selling 7 tabs of acid,to an undercover cop.He was incarcerated under a sentence of up to 4 years, and served 6 of his 48 months.He began his time in Attica, and was next transferred to a minimum-security prison.A riot erupted in Attica leaving 43 dead; told that he would be returning to Attica, Christopher fled to Canada where he led an exemplary life in Western Vancouver.He began working as a lab technician in 1975.From 1982 until 2001, he worked as a senior technical researcher at UBC's TRIUMF laboratories, Canada's national laboratory of particle and nuclear physics.He also served as director of the Western Vancouver Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He
had been known as an activist in Rochester, and his
supporters to this day believe the severity of his
sentence was reflective of that fact.
Authorities were tipped off about his
location in 1998, and he
surrendered himself June of 2000.It was decided by the New York Parole Board
must serve the final 9 months of his
was arrested the minute he
stepped from his
flight from Toronto to Rochester, NY.It was decided he
would be released March of 2001.He
served the agreed term and was released and allowed to return home, where he
sought legal right to remain in Canada. UBC's
TRIUMF laboratory publicly stated his
job was waiting for him, despite his
working for 30 years under an assumed identity.
At the time of his
second incarceration he
was 50 years old, and his
wife was in the process of fighting breast cancer.Hundreds of letters were sent in his
support, attesting to his
character and protesting his
incarceration.According to his
was kept in solitary confinement, denied phone calls, and was held without access to books or outdoor activity.He
served 7 months in New York's medium-security Woodbourne Correctional Facility.