How far should the correctional system go to accommodate the diets of convicted murderers?
Steven J. Hayes is on Connecticut's death row for his part in the 2007 triple murder/rape/arson crime that took the lives of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two young daughters. Hayes is now suing Connecticut's Dept. of Corrections on the grounds his 8th Amendment rights are being denied because he isn't being served a kosher diet. According to Hayes and his lawyer, the situation has forced him to endure "starvation". How valid do you think Hayes's claims are, and how far should the correctional system go to accommodate the dietary choices of convicted murderers?
Maybe a cheap version of the diet is acceptable because an expensive one is similar to paying him for a hotel, but saying no may be similar to hanging him. Do we do that anymore? Does his sentence deserve that?
That isn't a bad proposal, Kevin. Does Steven J. Hayes deserve death? Let's see: he raped Jennifer Hawke-Petit after his partner raped her 11-year old daughter. The two of them murdered mother & both her daughters before setting their home ablaze
I cannot say how I would be as a judge (or even on a jury) but let me see. He killed about 1.5 people (since his partner was in on it) and raped 1. Since he is on death row, how about making his last meal the special diet.
Kevin, I think under his particular circumstances, that is a generous resolution. Thanks for sharing the idea!
Even before I clicked on your question to read more details, a Kosher diet popped into my head. Death row inmate or not, I don't think people should have to starve while they're waiting out their appeals and so forth. A meal can be Kosher without having any additional cost added to making it. No matter who the prisoner is, or what part of the prison they inhabit, they should be permitted meals that fit their religious restrictions even if it means they're eating something different than all of the other prisoners that day or if is the same food it needs a little different preparation.
However, I think the law suit in this case will fall flat if the guy is being given foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables and he's not actually starving. There are always alternatives.
Beth.. Oh dear, girlfriend. I would simply LOVE to respond to this question! (you can't imagine!) However, Not only would my clear, blatant and powerful (not to mention, colorful) reply not only be in total violation of all rules and get me banished to a deserted island forever......My computer and yours would implode and disintegrate before our eyes.
This particular EGREGIOUS case.....most horrific crimes of savagery by non-human scum of the earth.....is one I dare not to provide my personal solutions on how to "care for/treat" these pathetic specimen of fecal matter.
I'm positive you get my subtle drift?
Your question leads me to a question. If he were a Christian on death row and was denied his bible how much uproar would there be? My opinion? If he was Jewish (I assume) before he entered prison then he should be given the lowest cost Kosher diet available, just as Christians get their bibles and Muslims get Korans and praying mats. The rules can't be picked. They are either followed 100% or should be thrown out all together.
I think they should be treated the same as all Prisoners. In correctional facilities religious diets are given to those who are registered as the religion that requires a special diet. Should they be denied, legal action could occur and they would most likely win!
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