Actually,I have no qualms about saying "I told you so"

Yesterday I wrote about the local paper's campaign to invoke searches of babies and small children visiting prisons. Last night 179 prisoners at the medium security Matsqui institution in the Frazer Valley took over the yard and did some damage and lit some things on fire. It was a cold night. Matsqui is famous as the place to send drug addicted inmates that don't require maximum security but are not deemed ready for minimum security. This is exactly what I predicted was the best that could come of the paper's irresponsible campaign. I've been to a lot of prisons and the one thing that keeps the walls from coming down is the possibility that there may be some relief in the form of one's high of choice some where down the pipe. Threatening a person's visits is the very last thing an institution that has a director that's knowledgable would do.The paper's stories, although just a warning, were enough to set these inmates off. If the guards begin to hassle the visitors,You ain't seen nothing yet. If, for example, the inmates at maximum security Kent institution thought there was any fire in the smoke and mirrors of the article, all Hell will break lose. I am not nor have I recently been a federal inmate. I have no idea what is actually going down. I have been in a lot of prisons and there's one thing that is common to them all: if the possibility of getting high exists, things are relatively cool; but if a person's contact with the street is threatened in any way, drugs or no drugs, there will be Hell to pay.
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