Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Rats, Disease, and the European Way!

Ah, ouai! But zis is not Guantanoamo!

Almost 10 years after a book on overcrowding, rats and disease at Paris's La Sante prison shocked France, conditions in the nation's 195 jails are worse, social activists say. On July 28, Justice Minister Rachida Dati presented a bill to build more jails and increase use of electronic bracelets to keep inmates at home to ease congestion in cells, some of which have barely twice the space France's animal rights society recommends for a dog.

Opposition Socialist Member of Parliament Michele Delaunay says the plans will make little difference. The problem, she says, is a judicial culture that imprisons people awaiting trial --
How DARE they!

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