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August 26, 2011

"Sushi and whisky: hard time in Russia's VIP prisons"

The title of this post is the headline of this report from The Independent newpaper, which gets started this way:

For most people, spending years in a Russian prison camp would be a living nightmare. But one ex-prisoner has described how it can be a time of whisky, sushi and relative freedom -- if you have enough money.

Andrei, a former assistant to a Russian member of parliament who was sentenced to nine years in jail in 2006 for embezzlement, says that from day one of his time in the camps, money was the only language.  In an interview with Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets, the former prisoner explains in detail how he paid his way through his years in jail, where he says that anything can be bought for the right price.

"We had whatever we wanted. I even ate sushi every day," he told the paper, to which he showed photographs that backed up his claims.  "We had a great table laid on for us in the camp -- sushi, champagne, whisky."

His allegations come just a month after photos were published of prisoners partying in a prison just outside Moscow.  The photos showed inmates dressed up in togas, sitting down to a lavish meal and having McDonald's delivered to their cell.  The governor of the prison was sacked after the photos appeared on the internet.  Both incidents show how corruption, endemic in Russia, has also engrained itself in the Russian prison system.

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If incapacitation is the sole mature goal of the criminal law, there is nothing wrong with enhanced prison services for those who can afford them. If these services reduce the incentive to escape, and to cause internal strife, they benefit everyone, especially staff.

To eliminate the problem of corruption and illegality in these transactions, the prison should officially provide concierge service. If the prison industry is capable of providing a quality product it should be favored in the prison procurement contracts. If outside contracts, for example with the Ritz Carlton company, are needed, a service fee may be added onto the product.

In Africa, some jails do not provide meals. If a family member brings meals, and the prisoner uses food to obtain favors from others, should that be illegal, and everyone starves?

What is disgusting, and morally reprehensible? Taxpayer paid sex changes, and other non-necessities forced on prison officials by disgusting and morally reprehensible lawyers in ruinous frivolous litigation. I would like to see families of crime victims bring street justice to these cult criminals, just beat their asses over and over. If judges convict such justified street justice, beat their asses too. These biased judges are lawyer vermin. They are pro-criminal to the extreme, to increase the power and wealth of the lawyer profession. Such a bad faith motivation, combined with absolute self-dealt immunities, fully justify street justice, morally, intellectually, and in policy.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Aug 28, 2011 9:52:05 AM

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