Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Get out of jail fat

If you ever find yourself in the slammer up in the Great White North and you want to get out early, you might want to consider grabbing seconds (or thirds, even) at the cafeteria:
Canadian prison authorities were forced to release a 450-pound (205 kg) drug gang member this week because he was too large for his cell, the Journal de Montreal newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Michel Lapointe -- known as Big Mike -- was arrested in September 2006 and received a five-year sentence in May this year. The paper said he could not fit on the chair in his Montreal prison cell and when he went to bed, his body protruded six inches on either side.

A letter from the authorities to Lapointe said: "You have been detained for more than 25 months and your prison conditions are difficult because of your health".
Perhaps I'm mistaken, but aren't "prison conditions" supposed to be at least somewhat difficult? I thought that was kind of the whole point of the prison experience. And couldn't they just find him a bigger bed and chair?

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