I usually refrain from sending letters to the editor, as there are so many that “push my buttons,” but after reading the letter from Janet Crouse, a retired education public relations coordinator (whatever that really is or contributes to the deplorable education we have here in Louisiana), in July 13’s Advocate, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to respond.
She calls the fact that Angola inmates do not have air conditioning in their cells “cruel and unusual punishment.” These people get far more freedom and privileges, at taxpayer expenses, than they deserve.
They should not be rewarded for their crime, yet many stay there, even on death row, for years longer than they should. If it was as bad as she feels, why do we continue to have more and more committing these crimes, knowing the consequences?
I know they aren’t living in a five-star hotel, and, yes, some have to work out in the hot fields all day in this 100-plus heat and humidity, but does that mean they should be cool and comfortable when they return to their “overcrowded” cells?
Warden Burl Cain and Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc do a great job with the amount of valuable resources they provide, not only for the other state prisons, but for many state agencies, too. It’s very impressive how rehabilitated some are, and the talents so many of them have — all wasted because they chose to make bad decisions.
Did Crouse think some of these mistreated criminals may not even have air conditioning at home? They don’t have to work out in the fields because most of them don’t even work. They live off of taxpayers through our wonderful welfare programs, pay no taxes and yet end up getting money back from such programs as “Earned Income,” while the taxpaying suckers continue to pay and support theses bums.
It’s a good thing Sheriff Joe Arpaio isn’t in charge or she would really be unhappy.
retired administrative assistant