September 24, 2005
No one thinks our Supermax prison was a good idea. It was tremendoudsly expensive, unnecessary and an awful tribute to cruel and unusual punishment. It was built so chest-thumping Tommy Thompson could brag that we had the worst prison in America.
Matt Frank and the current Wisconsin Department of Corrections staff are now reviewing the prison and may well follow prodding from monitor Walter Dickey to alter the prison so that it becomes a regular maximum security facility. Make sense? You bet. Keeping prisoners in isolation is hardly the way to prepare them for a return to society. Kudos to Matt Frank.
"I never saw anything so disorganized," said a Houston citizen whose car broke down during the incredible evacuation of Houston. Wouldn't you think that FEMA would have imediately opened all lanes for those leaving Houston? Is it too much to imagine that a million people on the road would need gas? That cars would break down? The Bush administration is so incompetent it scares me.
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