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Yoga Rooms Too Lavish for CA Prison Inmates?

in YD News

ca_prison-hospital_gymThe Prison Yoga discussion continues with CA still bickering over the $8 billion proposed for state prison overhaul, which we mentioned the other day.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown have lambasted effortsby J. Clark Kelso, the court-appointed overseer of prison healthcare, to spend $8 billion on a “gold-plated utopian hospital plan” for 10,000 inmates. It features a “holistic” environment with natural light and space for yoga, music, horticulture and art therapy.

On Tuesday, Kelso fired back, saying that the facilities are meant for mentally ill inmates, and that he had simply followed the state’s example for treating them. The evidence? Sexual predators forced to live at Coalinga State Hospital, which opened on Schwarzenegger’s watch, have access to an electronic bingo board, a state-of-the-art gymnasium with a rubberized floor, a weight room and eight landscaped atriums.

Kelso showed these images as proof. Nice basketball court.

What we don’t quite get is why the “yoga room” has to be anything other than a room. Really, why does yoga need to be “state-of-the-art” and cost so much money? And most of CA is warm! Can’t they sometimes just do it outside?

If this economy tanks even worse we’re seriously considering moving to CA, committing petty crimes and declaring crazy. Three-squares, yoga, bingo! We could probably even keep up the blog!

Skirmish Over State Prison Yoga Room Intensifies [LA Times]

Earlier… Exercising the Demons: The Case for Prison Yoga

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