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Conspiracy Theory... January 27, 2005 2:22 PM

Maybe this is just the flu, but maybe, just maybe, someone got the idea of using some sort of health control over inmates as a way to keep them docile?

Sounds like a good conspiracy theory to me, and I don't doubt that it hasn't been tried!

Read this story by clicking this link:

Or read below:

Gastrointestinal Illness Hits 100+ Prison Inmates
Officials Suspect Norovirus

SALEM, Ore. -- At least 128 inmates at the Oregon State Penitentiary are suffering from a gastrointestinal illness.

"The first inmates presented symptoms on Tuesday, Jan. 25. If it is, indeed, a norovirus as we suspect, it is very contagious. We are cautioning inmates and staff to wash their hands frequently, cover their coughs and sneezes, and limit contact with others," Department of Corrections Medical Director Dr. Steve Shelton said.

The inmates complained of stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Norovirus symptoms tend to last no more than two days.

"The good news from the health authorities is that for most people, the virus is not dangerous. These kinds of viruses are self-limiting, but we are emphasizing precautions to reduce the chances of it spreading," Shelton said.


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Ali January 30, 2005 8:58 AM

It`s difficult to tell from your post where you`re going with it.

Are you applauding the use of bad food to sicken inmates as a form of control or decrying it or what?

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Donna January 30, 2005 1:27 PM

I found this story online and thought it was worth posting here because it got my mind to thinking that perhaps inmates were/are being intentionally infected with flu or other sicknesses in order to keep them more docile.  I put the 'devil' emoticon after my sentence stating that I wouldn't be surprised if it had been tried by government(s), to indicate that this is an evil idea.

It seems to me that the prison systems are horribly out of touch and out of date in their ideas of punishment and reform.  This story brought out the conspiracy theorist in me, and I wanted to know how other people felt about the idea that wardens/govt/whoever could possibly use sickness to control inmates. 

Maybe a former inmate out there has a story to tell about this idea?  I mean, I know that some prisons do not segregate certain inmates from others based on sickness, for instance, where my dad was a CO in Canada, he said that there were inmates there who were HIV positive, and Hep C infected, and participated in the sports activities.  (This was a mild/medium security correctional centre)  And as often happens in sports, players tend to get injured, and possibly bleed etc., and this risk of passing on the infections was not addressed by the jail at all.  My dad stopped participating in the sports with the inmates because he was wary of even the slightest risk of contracting AIDS/HIV or HepC.   

Anybody have a story like this one?

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Ali... January 30, 2005 1:34 PM

In the US it is a direct violation of the law to segregate people with HIV. Or even let others know who they are.


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Hi Spooky! January 30, 2005 1:49 PM

I remember that this was one of the things that my dad was upset about, that the officers weren't informed of who had HIV.  The reason he found out about this one particular inmate was by the inmates own admission. 

I was still in my teens then, and also felt as if the officers had a right to know that they were at a risk, albeit a small one.  But what would stop an inmate from deliberately infecting others or officers?  If they were so inclined.  I saw this issue addressed on the HBO series, OZ, where one of the inmates got a hold of a needle and put some of his blood in it, then stabbed someone else with it!

As I grew up I understood better the right to privacy for inmates, and the fact that the illness is their own business, and that the risks that one takes when one becomes a correctional officer are many!

If this knowledge was made public to all, then it could seriously affect that inmates stay in prison, because they would obviously be ostracized and treated unfairly.  The stigma of AIDS/HIV is very strong, and alot of misinformation is out there and so people believe what they want, and harbour fear and ignorance.

BUT, my original point remains: would it be possible for an illness to be deliberately placed in a prison?  Such as this norovirus or other types of flu or mild sickness--curable illness? 

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