Florida sheriff reintroduces chain gang. (Letting it Shine, in The "Sunshine" State)Submitted by go213mph on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 11:17
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on county roadsides is the appropriate way to get across an anti-crime message and wonder if the concept itself is outdated or even unconstitutional.
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