Friday, December 19, 2003

Children's Prison

It'd be nice if Lileks and his fellow travellers would occasionally muster a bit of outrage over stuff like this.

Oakley houses about 325 boys and Columbia houses about 200 boys and girls. Most are non-violent offenders. The average stay is two to three months.

Among the abuses uncovered: suicidal girls were stripped naked and placed in solitary confinement in a dark cell with only a drain for a toilet, boys were forced to run with mattresses strapped to their backs, girls who threw up while running in the heat were forced to eat their vomit, and youths were tied to poles or hog-tied.

Time for some regime change in Mississippi.