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AL Adds Rock Breaking to its Repertoire

Recent issues of PLN have re ported on plans by the Alabama Department of Corrections to dress alleged exhibitionist prisoners in hot pink outfits, to reinstitute chain gangs and to chain those prisoners who refuse to work on the chain gangs to steel rails outdoors. Apparently these measures aren't enough to project Alabama's "tough on prisoners" image. On July 29, 1995, Ron Jones the commissioner of state prisons, announced plans for Alabama prisoners to begin breaking large rocks into pea sized pellets. The rocks will be trucked into at least three prisons so that 160 chained prisoners can break them up just outside the prison gates. The plan calls for the prisoners to work ten hours a day, five days a week.

The sole purpose of the program is to increase the punishment for prisoners. State highway officials say they have no use for the crushed rock. So its good to see that the state of Alabama has so much money to spend that it can afford to pay to have big rocks trucked into its prisons to be broken up into little ones by prisoners with sledgehammers. The rock-breaking was scheduled to begin in early August.

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