Sunday, June 26, 2005

The New Gitmo

Word from Ireland that prison conditions are about to become much, much harsher:
PRISONERS in Irish jails will no longer be permitted to hire servants or order in private supplies of food and alcohol under new draft rules published today by the justice ministry.
In the first update of Ireland's prison regulations for almost 50 years, the proposal would also rule out punishments, which are now considered inhumane, such as a restricted diet or corporal punishment.
My God, what kind of hellholes are they proposing to operate there?

And where's Amnesty International been, anyway?
Hundreds of prisoners have lodged legal claims again the government seeking damages because they are being held in cells without toilets and have to "slop out" pots every morning.
We mishandle books and it's a worldwide scandal. Irish prisoners have slop buckets in the cells, which they have to clean by themselves and this is the first I've ever heard about it.

Ireland, if I recall, is an officially Catholic country. Do they even offer Islamic clerics to their prisoners?

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