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Comrade to ask the Crims what they need

By johnboy 13 July 2005 6

ABC Online has an interesting snippet on the Comrade’s recent travels.

ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope will consult inmates at Junee jail about the facilities needed for a planned ACT prison.

He says while considerable consultation has already taken place on the prison’s design, it is valuable to have an understanding of what prisoners think of the way the institutions are run.

Wonder what they’ll ask for? More privacy, co-ed bunking, less drug testing, smaller guards, boltcutters and digging tools, possibly a ladder against the fence?

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Maelinar 10:27 am 15 Jul 05

You mean Neverland Ranch ?

Thumper 10:02 am 15 Jul 05

They could have endless re runs of Rove.

Oh, thats torture and not allowed under the Geneva Convention…

Special G 9:31 am 15 Jul 05

As I have suggested in a previous post, the new ACT prison should be set up like that guy in the states. Tents, Disney channel, work parties, etc..
Make prison a place that they don’t want to go to.


Thumper 8:38 am 15 Jul 05

Consultation with prisioners? Um, are we forgetting that society as a whole put them there for nasty things they did to society whilst they were a part of it.

I agree that prsioners should not be brutalised, and should have adequate conditions, food, medical, etc, but what sort of consultation can you hold?

As for the Comrade, well, the name has stuck.

And, is there really some real live communists in this country? How odd, Karl Marx himself foresaw the collapse of communism as even he didn’t think it was sustainable over a long period of time.

Socialism I have no problem with as an idealogy, but communism?

Oh well, each to their own.

johnboy 11:20 pm 14 Jul 05

What have we here? obviously a newcomer to the site, and yet having firm views about our choice of language?

I think that current prisoners are a bankrupt choice for suggestions.

released prisoners might well have some valid insights however.

but frankly I think you’re a prick.

nick 8:45 pm 14 Jul 05

First of all, “comrade”? That’s your idea of a nickname for Stanhope? Implying, I guess, that he’s a bit of a commie? I guess I thought red-baiting was a bit old hat. And anyway coming from a family with commies, and with some of my best friends being commies (actual Communist Party members – what a concept) – I kind of take offense at it being used as a slur. In some times and places, it would have been about the best thing to be. But Stanhope sure isn’t one. He isn’t even a socialist. At best, maybe left of center – and you have a problem with that?

And you have a problem with talking to prisoners when planning prisons? Why? Do you actually think they are going to ask for ladders and digging tools, and if they did that this would be taken seriously. If we aren’t going to take the needs (and rights) of prisoners into account we might as well chuck out the whole human rights thing. But taking those needs and rights into account doesn’t mean anything like the ridiculous ideas you put forward.

Sure, it is an easy thing to make fun of, take small minded potshots at. But haven’t you got anything better to do with your time?

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