ACAPULCO, Mexico — A surprise search at an Acapulco prison netted two peacocks, 100 fighting cocks, 19 prostitutes, 100 plasma TVs and two sacks filled with marijuana, authorities told journalists on Tuesday. Police found six female inmates living in the male part of the prison, which was also the section where the peacocks were found, the BBC reported. Police in the Mexican resort city also found several bottles of alcohol and knives, The Associated Press reported. Guerrero state spokesman Arturo Martinez says federal and state police searched the prison before dawn Monday. Martinez didn’t say how the women, birds and the other banned objects got into the prison. He referred to the peacocks as “pets.” In July, prisoners in the northern state of Sonora were found to be raffling off a luxury cell fitted out with an air conditioner, refrigerator and DVD player, according to the BBC. The resort city has been plagued by crime since last year when gangs began fighting for control after the arrest of Edgar Valdez Villarreal, also known as “La Barbie.” Cock fighting is popular in parts of Mexico.
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Eye for eye tooth for tooth. If someone had been torturing others sexually by withholding access to partners, the punishment of disallowing sex in turn would be relevant.
But for entirely unrelated offenses like robbery or smuggling, a relevant punishment like helping to search for, or at least sort and number stolen or smuggled goods of equal value would be more relavant. Prostitutes should be legal in prison especially to the unmarried as they do much to lessen the aggression factor between inmates by relaxing sexual tension.
Unless prison is intended to be a sexual discipline centre, there is not reason to deny inmates access to sex, thus prostitutes or interactions between male inmates and female inmates at least are relevant. Very much like incarceration or fines (denial of access to pets, denial of general entertainment) do not address the reasons for some crimes, especially victimless crimes, denial of release of sexual tension or having access to emotional comfort of pets (though pets should also have access to similar species to socialise, their stints with ‘owners’ – employers more than anything else a form of WORK that requires compensation . . . ), and general entertainment (though selection of certain programmes specific to their offense should be prevented) in prisons is equally meaningless.
Riots, killings and breakouts will be less likely if prisoners are entertained or have something to occupy themselves with. Include chain gang stints (though not under inhumane conditions and with consideration for the inmates’ health) as well to make them productive. With all that pent up energy, little wonder the riots, killings and breakouts. Incarceration worst of all, costs money to the taxpayers and ethically and morally, it is unconstitutional to apply punishments that do not address the causes of specific crimes, results in a 3rd world paradigm of punishment, waste of resources. There should be no issue with the ‘finds’ above.