Last week, murderers, rapists and other violent prisoners at MCI-Walpole, Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center and Boston Pre-release Center were being treated to entertainment in the form of strongmen, singers and comedians who are part of a touring evangelistic Christian outreach group that uses laughs to urge cons into Bible study. Correction officers say clowns even joined the act.
And the show will go on.
The Christian group is called Operation Starting Line, a program aimed at helping violent cons on their ``marathon run through life with all its loops and bends, its smooth pavements and potholes. Through OSL, prisoners learn to come under a new `coach' – the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who alone can transform their hearts and set them free from bondage to sin and crime.''
``Morale is at an all-time low, and we have to watch inmates who are throwing feces and urine at us be entertained by a circus, having a great time,'' Ferullo said. ``I have been in this department for 13 years and I have never seen anything like this. It's shocking.''
What a big crybaby. Why doesn't his "correction officers" stop putting feces in the inmates food and then perhaps they won't get it thrown back at them.
At least the prisoners are getting to enjoy a circus. I certainly can't afford to hit the old Garden this week with my five nieces and nephews to take in the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. Not when the tickets run up to $95 a pop.
...says Michele McPhee, journalist.
Some of us believe even the most violent people deserve a chance at being treated humanely, compassionately..given a crumb of hope that they are redeemable in face of seeing their reflection in the eyes of people like Michele McPhee.