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Letter: Cuban prisons not comparable

A Cuban rides his bicycle by graffiti hailing

A Cuban rides his bicycle by graffiti hailing former Cuban President Fidel Castro in Havana on Aug. 12, 2014. On Dec. 17, 2014, the United States and Cuba moved to restore diplomatic relations after a half-century of Cold War-era acrimony. U.S. President Barack Obama's dramatic announcement of the historic shift was accompanied by the release of American Alan Gross, who had been held in Cuba for five years, and an exchange of imprisoned spies. Photos: U.S.-Cuba relations through the years Credit: AFP-Getty Images / Yamil Lage

How can cartoonist Matt Davies compare incarceration in the United States with incarceration in Cuba [Opinion, July 22]?

Many arrests in Cuba result from peaceful political dissent, and those arrested have no recourse to legal representation, fair trials or other civil rights. Family and friends visiting prisoners here are not harassed or beaten up -- unlike the Ladies in White in Cuba, a group of wives and female relatives of jailed dissidents.

There have been hundreds of arrests of dissidents in Cuba without charges or probable cause. And there is no attempt in Cuba to change this situation, nor media coverage of abuses, like in the United States.

Beatriz Volpe, Seaford

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