Prisoners are persons whom most of us would rather not think about. Banished from everyday sight, they exist in a shadow world that only dimly enters our awareness. They are members of a "total institution" that controls their daily existence in a way that few of us can imagine. "[P]rison is a complex of physical arrangements and of measures, all wholly governmental, all wholly performed by agents of government, which determine the total existence of certain human beings (except perhaps in the realm of the spirit, and inevitably there as well) from sundown to sundown, sleeping, walking, speaking, silent, working, playing, viewing, eating, voiding, reading, alone, with others. . . ." It is thus easy to think of prisoners as members of a separate netherworld, driven by its own demands, ordered by its own customs, ruled by those whose claim to power rests on raw necessity. -- Justice William Brennan, dissenting in O’Lone v. Estate of Shabazz, 482 U.S. 342, 354-55 (1987).

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Too Much News

Wow, where do I begin. Way too much information today. This will be a slight digression from the normal stuff I write, but hopefully you will find it informative.

1. Charges dismissed against 13 KPMG defendants

2. Four individuals charged with providing contraband to federal inmates at Pensacola Federal Prison Camp

3. Michael Vick indicted on charges of dog fighting

I do not have any inside knowledge about any of these cases but I have some insights (I hope) that may be interesting to the unitiated. I will follow with a separate article on each.

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