Think maybe Marty Robbins' popular song might be rewritten to keep up with our culture?South Carolina's prisons director on Tuesday defended a policy of punishing inmates who perform sex acts by dressing them in pink, despite a lawsuit claiming the rule subjects prisoners to ridicule. [FOX News.Com]If Arizona Joe will run for president, I'll nominate South Carolina Jon for vice-president."We don't believe the United States Constitution protects an inmate's right to publicly gratify himself," Ozmint said. "We're hopeful federal courts won't look into our Constitution and create such a right."The US Constitution doesn't protect a non-inmate's "right to publicly gratify himself"; why should it protect yours.
But, dear Jon, don't count on the courts not creating such a thing ... they have a long history of doing just that (EOC, KELO, abortion rights, gay marriage, forced education, Children's Gestapo Protective Services).Inmate Sherone Nealous, 31, filed the lawsuit in June 2006, claiming the Corrections Department "is placing inmates' lives and physical well-being in danger."No, Sherone, you've put yourself and others in danger ... first by your commission of crimes against society and second through your perversions."The color pink in an all-male environment no doubt causes derision and verbal and physical attacks on a person's manhood," wrote Nealous, who has been serving time on various assault and battery charges since 1999. "Placing inmates in pink jumpsuits leaves them open to threats of sexual assault, intimidation, extortion and ridicule." [Charleston Net News]Duh ... how about masturbating in public causing the same? Or how about your "verbal and physical" attacks on the female SCDC staff? You ding-a-ling!The policy allows prison officials to discipline inmates found performing sex acts in front of corrections officers by making them trade their customary tan jumpsuit in for a pink one, which must then be worn for three months.I love these guys with degrees telling everyone else how to do their jobs; I wonder what it would be like if the tables were reversed.
In some South Carolina prisons, inmates who break the rule are housed together in areas where women are not allowed to work, officials said. "They are trying to humiliate or offend females," Gelinas said.
In the prison agency's most recent argument, the department cited a Florida case where 12 female nurses were awarded nearly $1 million in January in their sexual harassment case against that state's Department of Corrections. A jury held the agency liable for harassment because administrators failed to prevent inmates from exposing themselves and from making "sexually demeaning" comments to women, according to the court filing.Where are the feminists in all of this?
A human rights advocate said officials should focus on taking away privileges, not colors.
"Of course you should protect staff from sexual harassment, but there are other ways to do it besides this degradation and putting people at risk," Jamie Fellner, U.S. director of Human Rights Watch said. "Prisons are funny places, and you start pointing fingers at people for specific things and you can set off all kinds of stuff."
HT: FOX News.com