My visit to Tewhan Butler

Anne-Valérie Bernard developed a close relationship with Tewhan Butler, incarcerated in Lake Placid, in the northern part of the state of New York. In late April 2017, she travelled from France to the U.S. to visit him. This is her story.

Less than a hundred meters later we’re at the entrance to the federal prison. My driver tosses me a “Welcome to the Olympic Village!”It’s not even 7:15 yet.


Think about the next visit, knowing all the time that everything will be like today, with the same routine, but that everything will be different because the rules change from one time to the next