Skip to comments.Inmates at no-smoking prison trade hostage for cigarettes
Posted on 02/28/2007 4:18:48 PM PST by A. Pole
JOHNSON CITY, Tennessee (AP) -- Two inmates housed in a smoke-free prison traded a hostage for cigarettes after a six-hour standoff.
"As the night progressed they started saying, 'Look, we'll give up if you let us have some tobacco. If you do that, we'll go back to our cell,"' Carlton said. "They got them some cigarettes, they smoked them and went back to their cell and locked themselves back in."
Prisons across the state are instituting no-smoking policies after the Legislature passed a law banning smoking in state buildings.
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"Prisons across the state are instituting no-smoking policies after the Legislature passed a law banning smoking in state buildings."
Well that's pretty idiotic. It's not like the inmates have a choice of whether to patronize the prison or not, or go outside. I'm not a smoker, hate the smell of cigarette smell but you can't just legislate away an addiction. I can't believe the prison guards would support this ban as it would put their lives in more jeopardy from whacked-out smoker inmates.
Meant to say, hate the smell of cigarette smoke. Been working on company taxes all day and I'm a bit burned out.
What do they expect to happen when they take a drug away from a bunch of junkies?
Back in my DWI days a jail guard told me that the non smoking jaid did nothing but create a whole new set of problems.
the prisoners shouldn't smoke, they might hurt themselves
We let illegal aliens run loose in this country, but the Smoke Nazi's are after legal citizens' rights....
Is this a great country, or what?
My Poli Sci teacher held class in the lunchroom so the class and he could smoke; played poker at my house too, lousy poker player.
You or the Poli Sci. teacher?
And why not. Aren't cigarettes supposed to help someone relax? Isn't that part of their allure? Without them you have a black market for cigarettes, increased smokeless tobacco use (along with dental problems and mouth and jaw cancers), irritable inmates, nervous guards and a recipe for explosions inside the prisons. If they cared about the inmates (and guards), they would require attending a smoking cessation course a condition of parole.
The ban is stupid.
That said, so was giving in to their demands.
Lesson learned: enforce stupid fascist laws and terrorism pays.
It's not like the inmates have a choice of whether to patronize the prison or not, or go outside. I'm not a smoker, hate the smell of cigarette smell but you can't just legislate away an addiction. I can't believe the prison guards would support this ban as it would put their lives in more jeopardy from whacked-out smoker inmates.
You cant just discharge from psych hosopitals, they let you go when they want to...all have gone to nonsmoking.
Let me get this straight: Taking away someone's freedom, their job, their family, their ability to move, and their personal effects is okay. But taking away their cigarettes is an egregious violation of human rights.
It's prison. It's not supposed to be pleasant. Only humane and rehabilitative.
Maybe AlGore could invent the 'nicotine credit' here to give credence to his 'carbon credit'????????
Equally stupid. When a person has no choice in staying or going, the ban is sheer lunacy. ;o) Every parent knows not to impose rules they aren't willing to enforce.
Him. He used to buy extra cards in 7-card stud.
No, but you do not have to accomodate addicts who are in jail. Don't like the non-smoking policy of jails? Don't come back.
Hell, even the Geneva Conventions makes it a violation to keep prisonors from their smokes. Considers it inhumane.
possible nanny state ping.
Please give me a cite. Hard to believe.
Article 26 & Article 28 of the Geneva Convention from 1949
Don't know if it has been revised:
See post 23
Actually, it says tobacco, which could be interpreted as chewing only, not to mince words. A lot has changed since 49, eh?
Art. 26. The basic daily food rations shall be sufficient in quantity, quality and variety to keep prisoners of war in good health and to prevent loss of weight or the development of nutritional deficiencies. Account shall also be taken of the habitual diet of the prisoners. The Detaining Power shall supply prisoners of war who work with such additional rations as are necessary for the labour on which they are employed. Sufficient drinking water shall be supplied to prisoners of war. The use of tobacco shall be permitted. Prisoners of war shall, as far as possible, be associated with the preparation of their meals; they may be employed for that purpose in the kitchens. Furthermore, they shall be given the means of preparing, themselves, the additional food in their possession. Adequate premises shall be provided for messing. Collective disciplinary measures affecting food are prohibited.
Unlimited use of tobacco: smoking
Limited use of tobacco: chaw, Copie and snuff only, no incindiary devices allowed (matches, lighters).