Montreal Prisoner Can’t Fit Into Furniture

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Prison Bars

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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