I’m going to deviate (sort of) from politics into the realm of you-have-got-to-be-kidding. Apparently, 11 inmates at the Red Onion state prison are on a hunger strike. Red Onion is located on a mountain top in Wise County, Virginia and it is home to the worst of the worst in the penal system. You don’t get sent to Red Onion because you robbed the 7-Eleven or set up a meth lab in your mom’s basement. If you’re at Red Onion it’s because you are one evil hombre. That’s where the other prisons send people they can’t handle. Red Onion houses about 700 inmates who pose a high level of risk to their fellow prisoners, prison staff, and members of the public who visit or serve the prison.
Aside from the fact that Red Onion is located on a pretty sweet piece of real estate, with better views than afforded to most prisoners, these guys have decided to go on a hunger strike because, among other things, they want three “fully cooked” meals a day. I’m not in prison and I don’t get three fully cooked meals a day.
Once a prisoner has refused nine meals, it is considered a hunger strike and they are monitored for medical and mental needs. According to a prison official, if those who shunned breakfast on Tuesday do not eat, the number of strikers will be up to 15. There is some speculation that the strikers could have purchased and stashed food from the canteen in their cells prior to the strike.
Of course, in true liberal fashion, a group called Solidarity With Virginia Prison Hunger Strikers is claiming that there may be as many as 45 prisoners participating. (Is it me, or do bleeding heart liberals just have a huge problem with doing actual math?) Of course there are other similar organizations that have lent their support, but I have the same question I always have – why do these people never consider the victims or their families whose lives were tragically altered by the actions of these men?
What else do they want? Apparently better cleaning supplies for the cells. Next they’ll want maid and turn-down service. According to their list of demands, they are given a single sponge to clean their cell with – including their toilet – and claim that’s not sanitary. Pssst, prisoners, here’s a household hint from Helouise – DON’T CLEAN THE TOILET FIRST.
So, the prisoners have formed an alliance without regard to race, gang affiliation, sexual preference, etc. to fight for hot meals and some Platex gloves. I’m sorry guys, no pity here. If you don’t like the conditions, obey the law.
If they want to starve themselves to death – let them. That’s a choice their victims will never get to make.