who keeps ordering those nightly pepperoni pizzas to corcoran state prison?

The California prison system released new pictures of Charles Manson, now 77. Turns out that a swastika tattoo between your eyebrows doesn’t really dress up your appearance at any age.

I want you to pay close attention to something mentioned in the article, though:

In the past five years, Manson was punished for threatening a peace officer and for possession of a weapon, the latter happening in October when Manson was found with a sharpened pen, Thornton said.

Manson received notoriety when he was found to be in possession of a contraband cell phone — twice — the latest in January 2011.

Read that again, and let’s recap:

This man is one of the nation’s most notorious mass murderers, if not the most notorious one. He is almost eighty, and he has been in prison for over forty years. He is in a place where the government has complete control over him and his environment. The Bill of Rights does not exist for him.

And they can’t keep him from repeatedly obtaining contraband cell phones.

If that doesn’t make you realize that the War on Some Drugs and the TSA security kabuki are complete bullshit, you can’t be helped. If they can’t keep a cell phone out of a septuagenarian’s high-security prison cell, they can’t keep anything out of anywhere.

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13 thoughts on “who keeps ordering those nightly pepperoni pizzas to corcoran state prison?

  1. perlhaqr says:

    But they’ll keep trying anyway.

  2. Jim Collins says:

    It’s that he has to keep borrowing the guard’s chargers.

  3. Meredith says:

    And remember, that there bad guy has forty years of practice at being incarcerated and never once given the opportunity to become a leader or a parental figure to other inmates (lifers can often become stabilizing and calming influences on prison populations, believe it or not). Corrections officers have, at most, twenty years of experience, and usually less. Old age and treachery are gunna win this game every time. (I used to be a prison librarian. That’s how I know.)

    • perlhaqr says:

      I suppose I can see that in some cases, but this is Charles Manson we’re talking about. I’m pretty sure that’s the antithesis of who we want as a leader or parental figure to the inmate population.

      • Meredith says:

        You’re absolutely correct. As far as I can tell, this guy has been in one form of high security or another for his entire encarceration, and clearly there’s no way he’s gunna get that reduced now.

  4. lexy3587 says:

    He probably stores the phones in his beard :)

  5. libertyman says:

    You can thank the late Rose Bird for Manson still drawing a breath. And there is talk of judicial activism now?

  6. Paul B. says:

    I’ll be Capt. Obvious here and state that we need a more rational discussion about the role of effing prison guards in upholding the law. My own limited exposure to the two actual prison guards I’ve ever been introduced to was limited to checking off some stereotypes, or archtypes, or whatever. The guys were legbreakers, but not being Irish, unemployable in Boston as such.

    • Tam says:

      Really? ‘Cause the one I casually dated for a while had a B.A. in Drama and was always pushing Khalil Ghibran books on me.

      He’s a lifer senior NCO in the USAF now, where he no doubt continues to confound expectations regarding low-browed enlisted men.

      (Outsiders’ expectations, that is.)

      By the way, you misspelled “archetypes”.

  7. tweell says:

    Face it, corrections sucks as a career. You’re dealing with the worst humanity has to offer, and doing it for peanuts. Some of these guys (like Manson) are very smart, and have nothing but time to figure out how to do stuff like this.

    One of the prime vectors for contraband is lawyers. Their visits are unmonitored and their materials unsearchable. Change that law, and perhaps these guys will get less in.

    I know of one guy in for murder who managed to get a laptop in prison. He had been a stockbroker and was knowledgeable enough to break into a wiring closet and splice his modem in. He was trading stocks and doing business, had a bunch of inmates covering for him. They finally found his laptop during a search.

  8. John says:

    In this time of budget cuts (when haven’t we had budget cuts??), I am really, really happy to have been supporting Charly all these years. What else would we have possibly done with that money to help anyone on else? to have rewarded Charly like this leaves me with a warm wet feeling in my shorts.

  9. Antibubba says:

    Is it me, or does he bear an eerie resemblance to Saddam Hussein?

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