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La. ACLU: Prisoners confined in ’squirrel cages’

Published: Thu, July 8, 2010 @ 2:33 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A civil liberties group says a Louisiana jail humiliates suicidal prisoners by forcing them to wear skimpy shorts that say “Hot Stuff” on the rear and confines them in tiny cells more narrow than a dog’s cage.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana says it is unconstitutional for the St. Tammany Parish jail to confine prisoners in cages that are three feet wide, three feet long and seven feet tall. The ACLU says guards and prisoners refer to them as squirrel cages.

A local code requires dogs to be kept in cages at least six feet wide and six feet deep.

The ACLU also claims suicidal prisoners are forced to wear bright orange “short shorts” with “Hot Stuff” scrawled in pen on the rear.

Local officials did not immediately comment.


1unclejubyyannidemocrat(1 comment)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

gee-walking around a prison in lousiana wearing shorts that say "hot stuff "on them could in no way an effect on a person's mental state-sounds like sound policy to me-the funny thing is now these jerkoffs are going to be sued and the people they did this to are going to be in the money

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2jude103(3 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

So what is the complaint about? These people are worse than dogs. So they should have less room than dogs. Bunch of whiners here. They are criminals, people. I don't understand why they should have sooo many rights when their victims didn't have any.

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