The beatings will continue until morale improves!

Yesterday, Georgia prisoners filed a class-action lawsuit “contending that Georgia corrections officers have systematically beaten restrained inmates in prisons throughout the state, leaving two dead and dozens of others injured,” according to the Macon Telegraph.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Valdosta, names 25 guards and other corrections officials as culprits in routine beatings and torture of restrained inmates. It also claims they subsequently covered up the abuses by inflicting even more beatings on prisoners who file complaints.

The phrase “”neither banishment beyond the limits of the state nor whipping shall be allowed as a punishment for a crime” in the Georgia Constitution is being used as a basis for arguing that the beatings are “unconstitutional.”

I didn’t realize the Constitution had to used to prove that beating people — including prisoners — was wrong or illegal, but so be it.

7 comments

  1. Goldwater Conservative says:

    What? That last interogative statement does not make sense. “…had to used to…” Beating prisoners is both wrong (unjust) and illegal. It is called assault. Just because inmates are convicted criminals does not mean that criminal acts against them are either just or legal.

  2. Goldwater Conservative says:

    I guess we will have to wait for the evidence though. No point in taking sides until arguments are heard.

  3. Dave says:

    Where is Strother Martin in “Cool Hand Luke” when you need him? “What we have here is failure to communicate…”

  4. DMZDave says:

    Cobb GOPer:I know you are making a joke but if you are going to use GOP in your screen name you should be more careful as it gives the impression that Republicans don’t believe in the rule of law period or basic Christian principles. Most do. If the guards are beating prisoners, they are breaking the law. It needs to stop. Being a conservative is all about conserving the best traditions and the American way of life. Beating prisoners, whether in Valdosta or Baghdad, is wrong.

  5. DMZDave says:

    Icarus: And you should stop flying so close to the sun. But yes, I could certainly post in Korean. I graduated from the Korea Army College and spent five years on the DMZ and several years talking to North Koreans which later qualified me to talk to Democrats. BTW, a North Korean Security Officer once told me he would love to have the chance to beat me. He was the kind of guy who should probably not be employed as Georgia prison guard.

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