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Monday, January 14, 2008

What Awaits Behind Bars

The Swedish Athletics in the News blog describes the experiences Marion Jones likely will have in the penal system.
The greatest challenge facing Jones will be her attitude - something she will need to have checked at the door. As a (former) celebrity ex-millionaire, Jones will have no superior status in prison; she, the winner of five Olympic medals by method of fraud, will be classified as a white collar thief. She'll have to learn to play by two set of rules: Prison rules and prisoner rules; there won't be an opportunity to lie, cheat and steal her way through the six months governing her next stage in life. Breaking these rules can have consequences leading to banishments of different proportions, including life.
Fascinating stuff about a part of the American experience with which I have absolutely no knowledge.

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