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  •  So, "slavery lite" is OK because: Legal and not (2+ / 0-)
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    mythatsme, bigjacbigjacbigjac

    chattel bought and sold. OK. treated as such with a harsh regime that makes life worse than that in other prisons is acceptable?... is there a minimum level of decent treatment in prisons? And if not why not. And the regime at Angola is below what the minimum set of standards should be in an advanced country.

    A prisoner should not be at risk for worse punishment than the crime deserves. Prisoners also die under suspicious circumstances there and as a rule these kinds of deaths are blamed on other inmates... regardless of whether it is true or not. At some point "Cruel and unusual punishments" will be applied or should applied without labeling what should be "unusual" as perfectly acceptable because they make it "usual".

    Does a sentence these days whether in Angola or anywhere else effectively include inflicting physical abuse, pain, unhealthy conditions, overwork, being at risk for being raped, severely injured or killed?

    A de facto death sentence or effectively a life sentence of involuntary servitude should not be part of the punishment if that is not the legal intention of the court. Why are institutional "enhancements"  to the punishment that go well beyond the intentions of the law allowed and condoned?

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

    by IreGyre on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 01:14:37 PM PST

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