Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Welcome to the third world.

Hey, Mississippi. You guys have something of a PR problem. You might want to consider easing up a bit. Stuff like this really doesn't help.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of inmates at the Parchman penitentiary alleged they were subjected daily to excessive heat, human excrement, biting insects and the ranting of psychotic prisoners.

The state contends that conditions on death row do not constitute cruel and unusual punishment, as the judge had ruled.

Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps has said some measures are already in place, while other changes, including daily showers for inmates when the heat index rises to 90 degrees, would cause security problems.

"Virtute et Armis" indeed.

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