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The Pussification of America Continues: NY State Prisoners Build Ice Palace to Shorten Sentence

February 1, 2013

HuffPostIt’s a far cry from breaking rocks in the hot sun on a chain gang. In New York’s Adirondack Mountains, inmates break ice on a frozen lake to make a giant winter palace. A work crew from an area “shock” prison camp once again this year helped local volunteers create this mountain village’s lakeside ice palace – the shimmering centerpiece of the annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, starting Friday. Under snowy skies this week, inmates marched onto the frozen lake in military formation in winter-weight prison greens and hard hats. Working alongside the volunteers, they were handed poles to break off blocks or head-high saws to cut through the ice. Others in the boot camp-style incarceration program were dispatched to the tall walls of the palace with buckets of slush to fit between blocks like mortar. “Sir, yes sir! This is an experience of a lifetime, sir,” said inmate Patrick O’Donnell. The 24-year-old from Long Island, like all inmates at Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility, answers questions like a new military recruit.

Prisoners convicted of nonviolent offenses like burglary, forgery or drug sales can shave months or years off their sentences by successfully completing a shock program – but it’s tough. Inmates wake up at 5:30 a.m. for intense days of exercise, academics and substance abuse treatment.

Snow forts? Really New York criminal justice system? I haven’t seen snow in 3 years. I’d pay money to build a snow palace. Up there you have people volunteering to do  it because it’s fun. How hard are you getting trolled by these cons and their lawyers? “Oh yes judge, I think it would be great to implement a “Shock” program where they have to toil hard to build a MAGNIFICENT PALACE OF ICE AND SNOW with people who like to do it. Let’s knock a couple years off their sentence while we’re at it.”

Whatever happened to working in chain gangs and making license plates? Stuff that made you feel like a man until your cellmate made you feel like a woman. Toughest thing they do now is pick up litter and build a fort on a snow day. Oh well, you know what they say, “You gotta get busy livin, or get busy buildin an igloo.”


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