Thursday, July 08, 2010
Closer than Gitmo, Further from Humane
In case any of you were still operating under the illusion that our prisons at home are somehow better than our secret prisons abroad, Lousiana has stepped in to disabuse you of that misconception. Sheriff Jack Strain of St. Tammany Parish is currently under scrutiny for his practice of confining "suicidal" inmates to 3'x3' metal cages (also known as "squirrel cages"), half-naked, with no bed, blanket or toilet facilities, and in the full view (and constant ridicule) of guards and other inmates. If you're keeping score at home, those cages are exactly HALF the size of the cages required by Lousinana state law for dogs.