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April 25, 2011

Interesting headlines concerning New York prison policies

These two quite distinct news stories concerning New York's prison system caught my eye this afternoon:

The lead: "State prison officials are allowing conjugal visits for gay inmates involved in same-sex marriages or civil unions. Recent regulation changes will also allow gay prisoners to take leave from their cell when their loved one is terminally ill."

The lead: "The [NY] state Senate will hold a hearing to examine organ transplant policies for inmates in the wake of media coverage about a 55-year-old inmate undergoing a heart transplant evaluation at the taxpayer's expense in Rochester.  Senator Michael Nozzolio, chairman of the Crime Victims Crime & Correction Committee, said the hearing is being held in response to reports that Kenneth Pike, a former Cayuga County resident convicted of raping and sodomizing a 12-year-old child in 1996, is undergoing a heart transplant evaluation at Strong Memorial Hospital."

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There is no way that anyone with those types of convictions should get a paid for transplant, and a state should fight that to the US Supreme Court. And if federal courts say that these should be on the taxpayers' dime, then a Constitutional amendment should be passed.

Posted by: federalist | Apr 25, 2011 9:15:29 PM

This is the type of individual who should be locked up forever and not get a transplant at tax payers expense. You get bumped from the list if you become to sick to have the transplant. This individual should be considered to "sick" to be on the list at all!

Posted by: Fixnrlaws | Apr 26, 2011 9:10:22 AM

I have absolutely no faith in our judicial system. None.
Too many men have been imprisoned for years at a time and then released because new evidence shows them to be innocent.
It would be a crime to keep prisoners from getting the kind of medical help they need. Who knows which prisoner will be released next year because our judicial system has screwed up yet again?

Posted by: anon2 | Apr 26, 2011 11:00:15 AM

I was told by a conference presenter last year - he is from NYC - that a children's park in Harlem or Bed Stuy has a "play jail." Some of the neighborhood residents removed it or tried to get it removed and the city of New York refused to do so. Obviously, it is one small way to get Black children acclimated to being locked up.

Posted by: Wilmayxi042 | Apr 27, 2011 1:22:16 AM

well the way i look at it is pretty simple.

IF a poor broke individual staggered into one of the local state supported hospitals that are required to provide at no charge emergency life saving treatment and stabilizatin. Needed this treatment would they get it? if NO

well then neither should he!

if yes!

the everyone needs to shut up and let it go!

Posted by: rodsmith | Apr 27, 2011 3:04:40 PM

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