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Prison food is notoriously unappealing, but one Michigan prison kitchen hit a new low when it served meat from the garbage to inmates. Employees of private food vendor Aramark removed food from the trash, rinsed it off, and reheated it before serving it to inmates at Saginaw Correctional Facility, according to emails uncovered through a Freedom of Information Act request from the accountability watchdog group Progress Michigan. . . .

How low can it get?


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Apr. 6th, 2015 05:51 am (UTC)
While I am not "soft" on crime... I do believe that we should not torture inmates and that we should treat them reasonably well. I mean, in a humane way. Many get out and they need to have some preparation for that, and even the ones who don't - don't deserve to be tortured. Of even if they do -- well, we should not. This is horrid.
Apr. 7th, 2015 02:40 am (UTC)
Yes, it is horrid. I don't believe in torturing prisoners, either. What happens to the soul of someone who tortures helpless creatures, human or otherwise? I knew of someone who had received a really long sentence for child molestation, who developed liver cancer in prison. He begged to be able to be released to die at home with his relatives around. The judge did not relent, and the man died of liver cancer -- in prison. Effectively, he was sentenced to die in prison of liver cancer, which is disgusting. He had no hope of living beyond a certain time and was very weak, and therefore was no danger to children. Yet they wouldn't let him go him. I despise child molesters -- but this was a direct violation of the 6th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which specifically prohibits "cruel and unusual punishment." Which is what they decided to do to him. Yes, that's torture. He was not a savory individual; he was mentally ill, though, and should at least have been transferred to a locked ward in a mental hospital for his last days, or, better, back home. I've been accused of condoning torture (i.e., waterboarding) -- but waterboarding is done only to get badly needed information from terrorists and their ilk that can help save others. In such cases as Walter's (the child molester's) and the prisoners linked in the above article, however, there's no good that comes from this. I hope those who put those men on that diet end up in prison themselves.
Apr. 7th, 2015 04:41 am (UTC)
I do agree. Susan Atkins likewise -- the Manson woman who died in 2009 of brain cancer wanted a release to die at home or in a hospital - at her own expense. Her husband was willing to take on the cost of treatment as long as she could have time to die at home. She would have had maybe a few months, as it turned out -- possibly a year. She lived a bit longer than expected but she was in bed the whole time and while under the watch of the state, was guarded and they spent a lot of money on her care. I thought that particularly since she had exhibited good behavior, and expressed regret and remorse (though some did not find it believable but still) for her crimes -- and had a change of heart through conversion to Christianity that appeared sincere, well - why not let her go to die in peace? She had spoken against Manson and was repentant and certainly not a danger to anyone. It seemed to make sense but the state said no. Sharon Tate's sister was there to say "no" and while I sympathize with them, I did think it was a bit over the top at this point.

Compassion even for the worst is sometimes a measure of our own capacity for good. I mean, when it comes to this type of compassionate release why not? Sometimes some forgiveness is in order at that phase.
Apr. 8th, 2015 02:06 am (UTC)
I agree whole-heartedly.

I sometimes wonder what the heavenly Judge will say to judges and others who did not use such compassion when there would have been no harm in doing so. "As you did to others in life, so it will be done to you now" . . .
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