Friday, June 22, 2012

Fulton Jail bribes inmates with food in dystopian experiment

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Not falling for it.

Remember that movie "The Running Man" about prison inmates like Arnold Schwarzenegger being forced to race for their lives from professional killers for our entertainment? And then Richard Dawson insists on kissing everyone on their mouths (JK, RIP)?

The Fulton County Jail is basically (not at all) doing exactly that (not really) by bribing their wiliest inmates with food and hygiene products to see if they can break out of their cells despite the new, supposedly improved locks that have been installed ...

The Fulton County Jail is running a contest that actually encourages inmates to pick cell door locks.

Any inmate who can compromise new cell door locks will get free food and personal hygiene items from the commissary - all used as forms of currency inside jails.

The jail is testing new locks to see if they will keep inmates inside their cells.

"We're going to get our worst offenders and put them in there and they're going to be true to their natures," said Col. Mark Adger, chief at the jail. "I've got nine cells and we'll fill all nine with our worst lock-popping offenders and we'll see if they can get out."

It's been troubling for sometime that despite being a jail - a place designed with the explicit purpose of keeping people locked up - Fulton's detention facility has notoriously faulty locks. It's not a threat to the general public because the cells just lead to common areas, but it has posed a threat to other inmates as well as jail staff. And, still, not all the locks have been replaced - the new locks were installed and will be tested in just one zone.

But this experiment ... doesn't give the inmates much credit does it? If any of these guys can compromise the locks, will they really tell the guards? Or will they tell them to shove it because they know how to get out of their cells, knowledge that's probably more valuable than a Cup of Noodles and a stick of deodorant? That seems like the real experiment.

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