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Montreal Prisoner Can’t Fit Into Furniture

Written by PETA | November 17, 2008
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After being jailed on drug trafficking and conspiracy charges, Michel Lapointe was released early from his incarceration in Montréal. Why? Because—no joke—he was too obese to fit into the jail’s furniture.

Lapointe’s lawyer argued that the prison’s mattresses, chairs, and benches were too small for a man of Lapointe’s size and therefore caused him to suffer unfairly. He pointed out that Lapointe increased in size from around 300 lbs. to more than 400 lbs. after his arrest, blaming the weight gain, in part, on the greasy prison diet. Well, we know of some prisons where this just isn’t a problem.

To try to prevent this from happening again, we’ve sent a letter to the head of the prison inviting him to switch the inmates to an all-vegetarian diet, which would vastly increase the chances of keeping the inmates lean, healthy, and safely behind bars. The prison (and taxpayers) could save money on meals and reduce inmates’ health care costs, and the public would sleep a little better knowing that criminals of all sizes are where they belong.

Sounds like a win-win to me.

Written by Sean Conner

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  • Antigone1000 says:

    I am so tired of fat people seeking special treatment. I just saw an article the other day that a lawsuit in Canada was decided in their favor so now they get two airplane seats for the price of one. WHY??? I can’t get two seats for the price of one so I can stretch out! To all fat people I sayLOSE WEIGHT!! If you are fat it is because you eat too much and don’t exercise enough. It is YOUR faultnot a disease not a genetice problem not a thyroid problem it is YOUR fault. No one can force anyone to lose weight and unless society starts holding these people accountable for the extra costs to the rest of us they will continue to do nothing about it.

  • Michelle says:

    I getting sick of PETA using fatness as a way to get people to go vegetarian. I am a vegan and obese. So its irritating to me that they put out the assumption that people are fat because they eat a lot of fatty meat. Its not true portions genes and lifestyle are what determines weight. People should go vegetarian for the animals not for themselves. I guess its just a gimmick to give fat people some hope.

  • David says:

    As the saying goes Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. How about making losing weight and adopting healthy eating habits one condition for parole? Too wide for his bed? Not able to sit comfortably at a table in the dining hall? Too bad! It’s prison!

  • brad says:

    BBR you do in fact commit crimes. For example you have polluted this blog with your elementaryschool opinions.

  • BBR says:

    Wow has he ever heard of exercise? And I don’t mean lifting a box of donuts to his mouth and stuffing his face! He is suffering? How about the honest people of society who suffer because theirr taxes have to pay for criminals to continue living? Who pays for honest people to live? That would be themselves! I would sleep better knowing that my hard earned money deosn’t support a prisoner in any manner whatsoever! Especially healthcare. I eat a balanced diet exercise and pay $300+month for health insurance. Oh and did I mention I don’t commit crimes.

  • Abby says:

    It doesn’t make sense that the court’s response was to release a criminal early. This would seem to set the precedent that if other inmates especially those who are large to start with stop exercising and eat as much as they can to gain weight then they too get out early! Other inmates know that if they gain enough they might get out early so why select healthy options even if the prison adds them?

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