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Old 05-25-09, 12:37 PM   #1
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Being in prison isn't that bad

Cycling jailbirds get their own Tour de France


ReutersMay 25, 2009 11:01 AM

NANTES, France - Close to 200 prisoners will cycle around France next month, watched by scores of guards on bicycles, in the first penal version of the Tour de France, authorities said on Monday.

The 196 prisoners will cycle in a pack and breakaway sprints will not be allowed. They will be accompanied by 124 guards and prison sports instructors. There will be no ranking, the idea being to foster values like teamwork and effort.

"Itís a kind of escape for us, a chance to break away from the daily reality of prison," said Daniel, a 48-year-old prisoner in the western city of Nantes, at the official launch of the event. His last name was not given.

"If we behave well, we might be able to get released earlier, on probation," he told reporters.

The prisonersí Tour de France will take them 2,300 km (1,400 miles) around the country, starting in the northern city of Lille on June 4 and stopping in 17 towns, each of which has a prison. However, participants will sleep in hotels.

The finish line will be in Paris, following Tour de France tradition.

"This project aims to help these men reintegrate into society by fostering values like effort, teamwork and self-esteem," said Sylvie Marion of the prison authorities.

"We want to show them that with some training, you can achieve your goals and start a new life," she sai
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this is tangentially related:
i'm a prosecutor, and a lot of the work i do involves guys that try to lure 15 year old girls into their vans via AOL chat rooms. i learned that when they go to prison, the corrections officers will sometimes give them prison clothes that are several sizes too big, since that will signal to other inmates that they are a sex offender. this is bad, since even murderers have daughters.

how is this related to cycling? you might ask.

well, i imagine that if they survive their prison term, they'll have difficulty finding a comfortable saddle, brooks or otherwise.
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Old 05-25-09, 03:50 PM   #3
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Maybe they could teach them to pole vault too.

Get it? Pole vault....Prison walls?
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Cycling jailbirds get their own Tour de France


ReutersMay 25, 2009 11:01 AM

NANTES, France - Close to 200 prisoners will cycle around France next month, watched by scores of guards on bicycles, in the first penal version of the Tour de France, authorities said on Monday.

The 196 prisoners will cycle in a pack and breakaway sprints will not be allowed. They will be accompanied by 124 guards and prison sports instructors. There will be no ranking, the idea being to foster values like teamwork and effort.

"Itís a kind of escape for us, a chance to break away from the daily reality of prison," said Daniel, a 48-year-old prisoner in the western city of Nantes, at the official launch of the event. His last name was not given.

"If we behave well, we might be able to get released earlier, on probation," he told reporters.

The prisonersí Tour de France will take them 2,300 km (1,400 miles) around the country, starting in the northern city of Lille on June 4 and stopping in 17 towns, each of which has a prison. However, participants will sleep in hotels.

The finish line will be in Paris, following Tour de France tradition.

"This project aims to help these men reintegrate into society by fostering values like effort, teamwork and self-esteem," said Sylvie Marion of the prison authorities.

"We want to show them that with some training, you can achieve your goals and start a new life," she sai
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this is tangentially related:
i'm a prosecutor, and a lot of the work i do involves guys that try to lure 15 year old girls into their vans via AOL chat rooms. i learned that when they go to prison, the corrections officers will sometimes give them prison clothes that are several sizes too big, since that will signal to other inmates that they are a sex offender. this is bad, since even murderers have daughters.

how is this related to cycling? you might ask.

well, i imagine that if they survive their prison term, they'll have difficulty finding a comfortable saddle, brooks or otherwise.
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But isn't such a policy either a corruption of justice, or an abuse of power?
Since the corrections officers who have a duty to ensure safety, are actually encouraging violence by singling out and marking inmates?
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But isn't such a policy either a corruption of justice, or an abuse of power?
Since the corrections officers who have a duty to ensure safety, are actually encouraging violence by singling out and marking inmates?
oh, i totally agree. it's just the unfortunate reality of what goes on in prison.
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Here in Canada I understand that educational programs including some that lead to degrees are available in order to prepare inmates for the outside. May be somewhat similar in France and other places too. Now they get all expenses paid bike tours?

I don't disagree with teaching basic skills like literacy as well as social strategies, but personally I think things like higher education and country wide tours go to far.

Penal <> free education & tours.
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Don't even think that French prisons are like U.S. prisons. When I was in the service there were horror stories about guys who screwed up and did some time in a French prison. Bar Le Duc comes to mind. No coddling there.
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