Sunday, August 23, 2009

Chain Gang

This picture shows a Chain Gang in Oglethorpe County, Georgia. The picture was taken in 1941. Notice the big revolver on the Boss's hip.


  1. Looks like they are just digging holes. I wonder if there is another gang that will come by later and fill the holes in.

  2. Golly! I saw a chain gang cleaning up trash in Fulton County (Atlanta) in 1984. I wonder if any state still does that?

  3. Don;t mess with "the man with no eyes".

  4. Given the area of the country and the time period during which the photo was taken, it’s not surprising to see that the inmates working on the chain gang are all black and the man overseeing them appears to be white.

    Now . . .. before the “politically correct” crowd attacks me, I would like to clarify that I am not a racist, nor do I subscribe to abusing, degrading, or humiliating the incarcerated. I believe that each person should be judged as an individual, regardless of race or creed. I also believe that all prisoners should be treated humanely, educated, and rehabilitated whenever possible. The rate of recidivism in our penal system is far too high, and we are failing in that regard.

    However, that being said, a criminal is a criminal no matter what color they are; and the punishment should fit the crime. There are some crimes that are so egregious that they require capital punishment; and there are some individuals who cannot be rehabilitated.

    For example, we recently had an incident here in Rhode Island in which a man shot his neighbor IN THE BACK because the victim’s son hit his car with a tennis ball. Really. And even though this guy was sentenced to “life” in prison, he will eventually get out on parole - and while he’s in prison, he can work out in the gym, go to college, get a law degree, all at my expense.

    As far as I’m concerned, this guy should work on a chain gang for the rest of his life.

  5. On second thought, the "boss man" might be black, too.

    It's hard to tell.

  6. I always feel like standing up and shouting, "YEAH, what she said!" whenever I read comments by Smart Girl. You go girl!

  7. I heard recently that Arizona uses chain gangs. Sheriff Joe Arpaio doesn't cut much slack for his inmates.

  8. Heather:

    Thanks. We need chain gangs here. In RI, the criminals have more rights than the victims.


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