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Desc:Local news station does a little digging on the Facebook Prison phenom
Category:Crime, Humor
Tags:Prison, black people, local news, facebook, tennessee
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Needtodestroy - 2016-01-17
I wish my last name was two words describing the fact that people were looking forward to my presence.
Coax_Current - 2016-01-17
This is so bizarre, how the media packages and sells this. I mean the serious attempt to stir up outrage that someone in prison is on Facebook, eating little bags of chips, getting high, or taking pictures of two ratty 100-dollar bills. They're "having a pretty good time." Looks shitty as hell to me.

The takeaway is that these prisoners should all be suffering, unable to enjoy even the crummiest of things, unable to talk to their family, and that suffering is the sort of justice we expect our tax dollars to pay for. It should be hell for them, they should be completely broken, unable to experience even a single positive or pleasurable emotion. Of course rehabilitation or "correction" isn't even a consideration. What a culture of cruelty.
Gill_Sans - 2016-01-18
TONIGHT'S TOP STORY: Human beings confined in uncomfortable spaces may break rules and employ creativity to make their situation slightly more bearable.

EvilHomer - 2016-01-18
It's only bizarre if you're operating under the premise that the media exists to be sensible, objective, and non-evil. Mainstream American media is propaganda; it exists to sell whatever narratives benefit the current power elite. "The takeaway is that these prisoners should all be suffering" is exactly correct! That is precisely why this news report exists, to make audiences think prisoners should be suffering - or, at the very least, to shift public dialogue in such a way that "wanting prisoners to suffer" will be seen as a valid position to take.

EvilHomer - 2016-01-18
They don't even try to disguise the propagandistic nature of this segment, either. If you notice, the female newscaster leads into this story with the following thesis statement: "What you're about to see may -change- your -perception- about what's happening behind bars." (emphasis hers)

It's all about triggering fear and changing your perception.

kingarthur - 2016-01-18
Exactly right.

animegurl1000 - 2016-01-18
That's what kills me about those who call themselves "anti-media," "independent minded" or use "sheeple" as a pejorative. More often than not they're the ones who will eat this tabloid horseshit up by the barrelful and forward it to their Facebook friends.

baleen - 2016-01-18

ashtar. - 2016-01-18
outrage is the product they are selling

Oscar Wildcat - 2016-01-17
1:27 : That is not marijuana. I do believe someone has sold you lawn clippings.
fedex - 2016-01-18
what the hell is "drugs" @ 1:00? looks like he's holding a squid or something
fedex - 2016-01-18

yeah, because that never happens in prison.

Holy shit white ppl

Gill_Sans - 2016-01-18
There's also the fast clip of the "pizza" at 1:26 which actually appears to be a sort of prison recipe made from mashed up ramen noodles and flaming hot cheetos. I've seen a few recipes and human interest stories that call it chi chi, though I doubt that name is common all over.
Maybe we can get some good out of this video and start a prison cooking week.

Bus_Aint_Comin - 2016-01-18
out here in the west we call it "spread", make burritos and all kinds of shit. birthday cakes made out of honey buns, everything.

lotsmoreorcs - 2016-01-18
I've made that shit in Dele Valley in Austin it's sad how excited they get in commissary day but anything beats the long term effects of county grub. Eating dry ramen chunks covered in flavor sodium is still preferable than a couple weeks of that shit on your gut. I done stints in looney bins and jail alike and each time you come out about 25 percent weaker for the food

theSnake - 2016-01-18
Wow this video is racist. Why did they only show black prisoners? I cant even.
Adham Nu'man - 2016-01-18
'cause there's only black people in prison. Duh!

Cena_mark - 2016-01-18
I hate local news so much. It manages to be worse than cable news.
Of course the reporter tries to stir up the outrage with the "on your tax dollar" bit. Nope the problem isn't with private prisons and the laws made to pack them. It's all these uneducated cellmate's fault.
5 Stars for evil. Our nation's prison system is pure evil.
misterbuns - 2016-01-18

I have this porn.
lotsmoreorcs - 2016-01-18
I live Ruth

Bus_Aint_Comin - 2016-01-18
THIS JUST IN white people are upset that black people are not taking their state-mandated slavery seriously IN THE LEAST
infinite zest - 2016-01-18
I've never seen it first-hand, but this is kind of how Norwegian prisons operate:with a few rules (like you can't just leave and say you'll be right back) you've got it pretty good in there, can make music (in an actual recording studio) learn new crafts that'll help you on the outside, or just play XBOX. And this applies to everybody from a lowly drug dealer to a guy who burns down churches and murders someone like Varg Vikernes did.

And the system works! The whole "beatings will continue until morality improves" mentality the US correctional facilities have is backwards IMO. "Correctional" being the key word. Varg entered incarceration a murderer and came out a changed man! He was corrected. Think of it this way, if you go to rehab, are you going to want the drugs or alcohol you're addicted to? Hopefully not, that's the point, but they'll be available somehow, always. So rehab clinics provide an environment where you don't want to do what you were doing anymore. That should also apply to even the worst criminals.
infinite zest - 2016-01-18
Plus I'd imagine it's pretty hard to file down an iPhone into a shankable weapon, so why not let them make calls and do the facebooks? COs have more to worry about with lunch trays than iPhones really..

Monkey Napoleon - 2016-01-18
Isn't banning unfettered communication with the outside world usually justified for more practical reasons? I'm sure allowing it isn't quite as positive for morale as you'd think, and allowing personal devices like iPhones out in the wild seems like it would make it really hard to restrict or track any specific inmates' activity. I'm sure it's occurred to more than one guy how much shit you could stir up online with nothing but time.

Raggamuffin - 2016-01-18
sure but realize that until recently inmate phone calls were unregulated and could cost up to per minute: http://tinyurl.com/ovm3bth

infinite zest - 2016-01-18
Yeah the days of using your phone to call your friend to take out the guy that ratted you out are over, if they ever really existed in the first place outside of movies, unless some people are really really stupid and do that, which is their prerogative, but then it's easily traceable so I doubt if it happens that much if at all, because you don't want to be in prison with someone who did you a favor. But Napoleon does make a good point: you can't use your cellphones at school so the same rules should be at least enforced in prison. But prisons have always had some sort of penpal program, so being able to connect to facebook doesn't seem to be a big deal, since it's just encouraging the incarcerated to be corrected.

I dunno, there's still plenty of rules. An old co-worker of mine, who was incarcerated for weed was telling me how the bus there took 2 days (maybe it did, it was Wisconsin to Georgia) and everybody on the bus had to shit or piss, and the driver just laughed as the soon-to-be-incarcerated soiled themselves in agony, only to get off the bus and be met with another CO who made fun of them for shitting and pissing themselves.. not really a good start if you ask me. I don't think that prison should be some fun summercamp for adults or anything, but there's plenty of changes that ought to be made in North America.

15th - 2016-01-18
Anyone outraged by this must have a horrible life.
chumbucket - 2016-01-19
"mounds of snacks!!" - monocle drop

this and the poe commentary, just beautiful.
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