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Florida sheriff reintroduces chain gang. (Letting it Shine, in The "Sunshine" State)

SHARPES, Fla. — The sheriff in this county of beaches and spaceships has launched a very visible anti-crime campaign that civil-rights activists are questioning.

For the past few weeks, a small band of convicted inmates from Brevard County Jail has been working on a chain gang. First-year Sheriff Wayne Ivey says he launched the project as a sort of living and breathing public service announcement, choosing black-and-white striped costumes harkening to a bygone era; black boots with chains around the ankles; and bold, bright signage aimed at making the chain gang as visible as possible.

"Not a new concept, but certainly an effective one," Ivey said.

Not everyone agrees. Civil rights activists and others have doubts about whether shackled inmates on county roadsides is the appropriate way to get across an anti-crime message and wonder if the concept itself is outdated or even unconstitutional.

MORE|SOURCE|Video of prisoners loving their slavery.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/02/brevard...



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personally I would rather see flogging

Its quick.
its cheap.
it should be public.
It doesnt make the state money so they have little incentive to make new laws to flog more people.

or better yet, the US can

or better yet, the US can stop locking up people involved in victimless crimes.

“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul

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“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul

Conflicted

I'd much prefer them be working or doing something productive than sitting in a cell in a highly militarized prison facility or on the other end, a day spa.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty."

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"I've been working on the chain gang" ~ Sam Cooke, 1960


http://youtu.be/PRyDlVOE86U Thirty-five men volunteered for the eight positions on the chain gang.

[Sheriff] Ivey said the county had no additional costs to put the program in place compared to the cost of unchained work crews. The inmates wear black and white striped uniforms, which differ from clothing worn by other inmates on work crews.

Ivey said he chose the outfits because they're consistent with a common, historical image of inmates on chain gangs.

Chain Gang
Sam Cooke
G Em
(ooh! aah!) (x2)

I hear somethin' saying
G Em C D
(ooh! aah! ooh! aah!) (x2)

G
(Well, don't you know)
C G Em G
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang
C D G
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang

All day long they're singing

G Em C D
(ooh! aah! ooh! aah!) (x2)

(Well, don't you know)
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang

G Em
All day long they work so hard
C D
'till the sun is going down
G Em
Working on the highway and byways
C D
and wearing, wearing a frown
G Em
You hear them moaning their lives away
C D
Then you hear somebody say
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang

Can't you hear them saying
G Em C
Mm, I'm going home one of these days
D G
I'm going home see my woman
Em
Whom I love so dear
C D
But meanwhile I got to work right here

(Well, don't you know)
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang

All day long they're singing
G Em C D
my, my, my, my, my, my, my work is so hard
G Em
Give me water, I'm thirsty
C D
My work is so hard

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

I grew up in Sugar Land, Tx

I grew up in Sugar Land, Tx and we had a working prison farm up until 2011. The convicts would rise at dawn, grab a hoe, till some dirt, feed hogs, drive a tractor, then go back in their cells. A few got out every now and then but no one in the community was bothered by it.

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