Tuesday, June 26, 2007

A Jesusy Jail Tale and Some Other Disturbing Statistics

I'm all for rehab but why does it have to be Jesus based? Jesus might save in these cases, but it's not the soul I'm thinking of, more the the mortal flesh, take up a course in Jesus and get moved to a special (shanks frowned upon) wing. more

The government spends billions to lock people up for some of the most trivial reasons imaginable and then spends millions to bring them some Jesus.

Follow the links and read about how the Jesus Nation is treating its own children. Don't sound very Christian to me.

Update: I knew I had a more comprehensive article tucked away in the labyrinth.

Life was different in Unit E at the state prison outside Newton, Iowa.

The toilets and sinks — white porcelain ones, like at home — were in a separate bathroom with partitions for privacy. In many Iowa prisons, metal toilet-and-sink combinations squat beside the bunks, to be used without privacy, a few feet from cellmates.

The cells in Unit E had real wooden doors and doorknobs, with locks. More books and computers were available, and inmates were kept busy with classes, chores, music practice and discussions. There were occasional movies and events with live bands and real-world food, like pizza or sandwiches from Subway. Best of all, there were opportunities to see loved ones in an environment quieter and more intimate than the typical visiting rooms.

But the only way an inmate could qualify for this kinder mutation of prison life was to enter an intensely religious rehabilitation program and satisfy the evangelical Christians running it that he was making acceptable spiritual progress. more

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