My Dad's in There : The Bryant Park Project What if your 70-year-old retiree of a dad called you one day and said, "I'm going to jail, right near where you live. Can I get a ride?" That's just what happened to L.A. radio producer Jim Gates recently. His dad, Philip, was protesting something...
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My Dad's in There

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Jim Gates stands in front of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center where his father is currently serving time. Credit: Luke Burbank, NPR hide caption

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What if your 70-year-old retiree of a dad called you one day and said, "I'm going to jail, right near where you live. Can I get a ride?" That's just what happened to L.A. radio producer Jim Gates recently. His dad, Philip, was protesting something called The School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Ga. (The name was actually changed to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, but people still call it School of the Americas -- or SOA for short.)

Check out this interview (audio) we did with Jim about his dad being arrested.

Also, check out this video of Jim and Luke scoping out the detention center where Jim's dad currently resides.

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Send Jim's dad a letter! He's stuck in his room for 15 hours a day for cryin' out loud. We're pretty sure he'll have time to read it.

Philip E. Gates
92947-020 (Inmate number, this is SUPER IMPORTANT)
MDC Los Angeles
Metropolitan Detention Center
P.O. Box 1500
Los Angeles, CA 90053

Put your full name and return address in the upper left-hand corner of the envelope.

Send letters only. Include nothing else with the letter. No stickers on the envelope other than a first class stamp. Send no books, gifts, news clippings, etc. All mail is opened and inspected. Deviations to these Bureau of Prisons requirements will result in undelivered mail.