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Sunday, February 11, 2007

It's a Family Affair?

Source: AP/Yahoo!

Victor Manuel Lozano spends his days like most 2-year-olds. He goes to nursery school, draws, rides a tricycle. The difference is, he does it in prison, living with mom, a convicted murderer, and dad, a drug trafficker.

Aranjuez Prison, Spanish officials say, is the only the one in the world with cells for families. The spacious units, dubbed "five-star cells," come with cribs, Disney characters on the walls and access to a prison playground.
Exqueeze me? There are so many things wrong with this story already that I don't quite know where to start. But wait -- there's more!

Garcia was jailed in 1998 for 10 years for murdering her boyfriend. Victor Lozano entered the jail the following year for an 11-year term. They met in 2003, were married behind bars and had Victor Manuel.
These two fine examples of responsible, upstanding citizenship (REMINDER: that would be the murderer and the drug trafficker) met, got married and procreated IN PRISON??? And we can only hope that the Disney characters and prison playground make up for this:

Victor Manuel, who has spent the day playing with the other children of inmates, sometimes stands outside the cell crying because he does not want to go back behind the bars.


"They take good care of us, and having my child and husband with me makes me very happy," said Carmen Garcia, 28, Victor Manuel's mother. "But this is not the best place to bring up a child. In some ways they are imprisoned too."
In some ways? I'm assuming that mom is referring to the times when her son "stands outside the cell crying because he does not want to go back behind the bars?"

Note to Mom aka Carmen aka murderer (cc: the government of Spain): prison isn't supposed to be designed to make the inmates happy. It's supposed to be hard. It's supposed to be painful. It's supposed to make you think twice about committing another crime.

But let's end on a positive note, shall we? At least they're not Mexican, because Bush would surely be waiting around for them to get out of prison so he could flag them into the U.S. citizenship finish line.

A small comfort for us, perhaps...but it sure isn't doin' much for poor little Victor Manuel.

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