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Pups In Prison

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In my view the penal system cares very little about its inmates or indeed about the public’s safety.  Here in Australia it seems to be about keeping these guys, and of course guys is what most convicts are, in a place where they can’t commit any more crime. In places like the US it seems to be mostly about wringing corporate profits out of human misery.

What happens with most criminals, even the nonviolent ones, is that the system basically throws them away. While inside very little effort is put into trying to rehabilitate these guys, and when they come out they very often find it hard to get work and on top of that they have to put up with the stigma of being an ex-con.  In a welfare state like Australia the lack of work simply means having a lower standard of living,  in a country like the US it often comes down to a matter of survival, and will often leave the newly released convict with no choice but to re-offend.

There are however, some good programs aimed at rehabilitating convicts and in Australia one such is Pups in Prison. Run by Assistance Dogs Australia, the program uses men convicted of low-level offenses to train dogs that provide aid to the disabled by opening doors, flicking on light switches – the kind of thing that most able-bodied people take for granted. And I should point out that these men are from minimum security, so don’t worry – no one is giving a serial killer a puppy!

Training these dogs helps in the men’s rehabilitation by giving them skills that they may be able to use to get a legitimate source of income once they have left the jail, but the benefits seem to be mostly on the psychological level. As one inmate puts it…

“For the first time in years it will allow us to show softness, tenderness and affection. Caring for these dogs will help us rekindle certain feelings and emotions, help us lighten up and bring a little more humanity into our lives…

Instead of taking from society, it [the Pups in Prison Program] provides us with an opportunity to actually give back. From criminal to contributor.

“It [the Pups in Prison Program] has a win-win-win-win aspect to it. It will help us inmates, it will help Assistance Dogs Australia, it will help people with special needs and it will also help the prison environment, by improving self esteem and empathy levels among inmates, increase positive behaviours and moods, create better relationships between staff and inmates and open up more opportunities for education, training and employment…”

Nothing being perfect, Pups In Prison won’t have a beneficial effect on all of these men but it will on some and that’s good enough for me, so as long as it’s not being used to make life easier for seriously violent offenders and as long as no one decides to give Michael Vick one of these dogs, it’s a piece of good news in an otherwise bleak situation.

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One of the convicts in this video seems to be wearing a pair of sneakers that mysteriously disappeared from my closet a few months ago, I assume however that this is a mere coincidence….

London Crackdown Continues

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In the wake of the recent lame-brained, half-assed, can’t-tell-shit-from-chocolate uprising in London, the politicians are being their usual predictable and authoritarian selves. One man has been charged with trying to start a water fight, another two are looking at terms of four years for trying to start a disturbance, and one man is looking at a jail sentence for looting two – count ‘em – two scoops of ice cream! I suppose the latter should simply have tried to steal the ice cream. Oh no, wait…

Bail is being denied at a far higher rate for these offences than for violent crimes, people are losing their government housing and welfare payments, and social media is being attacked for doing in Blighty what they were cheered for doing in Egypt. Why such a harsh response? Because it sends the message that rebellion, no matter how minor, will not be tolerated by the psychopaths who own your ass, that’s why.

British Crackdown On Water Fights?

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As soon as maggots like David Cameron made it clear that the London riots would be used to take England closer and closer to something that will make certain comic books look like a history of the future rather than fiction, you knew shit like this was going to happen.

A young man ( they’re always the most troublesome, hence have to be stomped extra hard) in Essex has been arrested for planning a water fight on Facebook and the BlackBerry Messenger service!

We all know what English weather is like, and maybe the authorities are just a bunch of nice, avuncular types who are dreadfully afraid that someone will catch a nasty cold. Or maybe, just maybe, this is a way of sending a loud and clear message that no matter how trivial the act of disobedience you will be hunted down and locked up. And if you can’t get away with a water fight, you had better not even think of  staging a political riot or we will send some blokes round and you will never be seen again. Not there yet? Maybe not, but authoritarianism by stealth is the preferred method in the developed world.

The English PM actually admits that he wants to investigate whether or not” it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality”.

Or for that matter, a revolution against a dirtbag government that treats everyone except the rich like shit.

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Baby Microwaving Maggot Gets Pussy Pass

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Unspeakably foul China Arnold  was in a bad mood, so she stuck her one month-old daughter in the microwave oven, turned it on and watched the baby cook to death.

After several years and two guilty verdicts this subhuman thing was last month handed life without parole when she could instead have been sentenced to death. If anyone knows of a man who killed a baby in such a horrible way and who, like Arnold, was found to be of average intelligence and sound mind, let me know. After I pick myself up off the floor I will retract the bit about the pussy pass.

And in case you are wondering what could have triggered such indescribable rage, it was a simple argument with her boyfriend over the baby’s paternity. America being an anti-male nightmare, it is not beyond the pale to imagine that the jury which handed her the pass may very well have been placing part of the blame on the father. Because you know, if he hadn’t pissed her off she would never have done something so awful.

During the trial, ambulance chaser Kevin Lennen claimed that his client should be spared the death penalty as such should be meted out only to “the worst offenders.” One has to wonder just how baroque an imagination this man has to be able to conceive of a worse way to kill anyone, much less an infant. I wonder also if Lennen has left instructions in his will that if he is ever murdered in any way that isn’t worse than being cooked alive the prosecution should not seek the death penalty? Probably not, but he could no doubt explain that away using one of those twists of logic that have earnt lawyers the respect of the community…

So what would have been a fitting punishment? Execution by incineration, of course.

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