Wouldn’t hanging them be more humane?
Blog Guy, I read somewhere that you’re an authority on prisoner rehabilitation programs.
Well, yes, but only the really wacky ones that make no sense at all to me. For instance, here’s one where they teach prisoners to play bagpipes.
It’s true. They take hardened criminals, who are already a not very popular group of people, and teach them to be even more irritating. And it isn’t just bagpipes. Some of them learn to play large drums.
What’s the theory behind this program?
According to our photo caption, the idea is to “involve them in various social functions so as to change their mindset.” As we all know, annoying people until they snap is a great way to make useful contacts in the outside world.
Indeed they do. Here on the left you can see a group of them thumping their drums right outside the women’s section of the prison, hoping to meet some ladies.
How did that work out for them?
After being subjected to about four relentless hours of drumming, the female prisoners burst through the door in a frenzied mob armed with sharpened metal bedposts. What happened next wasn’t pretty.
Top: Inmates play bagpipes as part of their routine training inside Kotbhalwal central jail in Jammu May 20, 2011. Jail authorities have formed a 20-member pipe band of a team of prisoners who are being trained to play and perform musical instruments. Once the band is ready, they will be sent to perform at weddings and other social functions, a jail superintendent said. The main aim of creating the pipe band is to develop relations of these prisoners with the rest of the outside world and to involve them in various social functions so as to change their mindset, the superintendent said.
Left: Sana Ullah, 62, who is serving a life term, plays a bagpipe during a routine practice inside Kotbhalwal central jail in Jammu, May 20, 2011.
Left: Inmates play drums as part of their routine training inside Kotbhalwal central jail in Jammu May 20, 2011.
REUTERS photos by Mukesh Gupta