On Friday, 32 guards who were employees of the Florida Department of Corrections were fired
; all were accused of being associated with the deaths of inmates at four state prisons. [more inside]
As Gawker has done for a couple years now, they sent letters to all the U.S. death row inmates who have execution dates in the upcoming year. Texas inmate Ray Jasper, who is set to be executed later this month, responded with an incredible letter
on his thoughts about the US justice system, race, Christianity, and society as a whole.
The Last Meals Project
Every prisoner waiting to be executed is granted a last meal. Prisoners waiting to die choose their last meal for different reasons. Here's a list
of exonerated death-row prisoners.
Burl Cain, the warden of Angola, Louisiana's largest prison, uses religion to control and subdue the prison population.
Escape and other tools
made by inmates in German prisons, from the photographer Marc Steinmetz
. My favorite is the functional battery-powered shotgun
, although the hand-made toaster
is a testament to the love of a decent breakfast. via.
California Where the Rich
do Fine While the Poor are Doing Time
"Hell, you got to live with it, there's nothing else to live with except mendacity, is there?" Big Daddy, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
Abu Ghraib revisited?
Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq? [...] It’s terrible to watch some of the videos and realise that you’re not only seeing torture in action but, in the most extreme cases, you are witnessing young men dying. Channel 4-documentary on US prisons
. (google video. Disclaimer: nasty stuff)
Allawi shot inmates in cold blood, say witnesses.
Iyad Allawi, the new Prime Minister of Iraq, pulled a pistol and executed as many as six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station, just days before Washington handed control of the country to his interim government, according to two people who allege they witnessed the killings.
Reach In And Touch Someone, Part II.
If your experience with the dating service
isn't completely satisfactory, you may want to take matters into your own hands
. Even so, your perfect soulmate
may not be available...
(link via blort, may a thousand chain-gang virgins sing its praises...)
Inmates Claim Ownership of Dogs
in the San Francisco dog mauling case (that was previously discussed here
). Apparently they (the inmates) are in jail for life, and the theory is that they have nothing to lose by taking the blame for the killing.
. Fetish for danger? Here's a web site for all your prison fantasies. Or you could just be pen-pals.
Take for example, Nora, age 44, who is "very sexy, young at heart, dream maker, intelligent, sensitive, strong, kind and easy to talk to."
And now for something really depressing
- the Texas Department of Criminal Justice maintains a database including the 'last statements' of all inmates executed since 1982.