Image credit: attributed to Paul Ott, circulating via email
Viral images purportedly show the stylish and comfortable new digs of prison inmates in Chicago's Cook County Correctional Center, thanks to Barack Obama.
THE PRECEDING photos, while authentic, do not depict the Cook County Correctional Center in Chicago, despite what is claimed in forwarded emails. The facility is the Justice and Detention Center in Leoben, Austria, designed by renowned architect Josef Hohensinn.
Completed in 2005, the Justice Center houses the District Court and public prosecutor's office as well as a prison designed "to optimize the quality of residence for employees and inmates." Prisoners are housed in groups of up to 15 (to a total capacity of 205) and can move freely between their compact but well-appointed cells and communal spaces, which include exercise rooms, sports facilities, and outdoor courtyards. Needless to say, the thinking behind the institution represents a bold, new — and not uncontroversial — concept in prison design.
No such facility exists in Chicago, Illinois.
Update: New variant claims Obama backed the nonexistent facility - A more recent version of the email claims the fictional Chicago prison was built using funds appropriated by Sen. Barack Obama:
circulating via email:
"CAN YOU GUESS WHAT THIS IS?
Can you get it on the first picture or second or third or do you have to wait till the fourth?
New Cook County Correctional Center, Chicago , Illinois It shows that in most cases the quality of life for prisoners has improved considerably from what you might expect.
Oh yea, they can also choose from the menu!
Let me see now .. Who was the US Senator who helped arrange the funds to build this beautiful "punishment center"? Oh yes, it was Obama!!! No wonder he sees nothing wrong with the wasted spending in his "Stimulus Plan".
I guess if I ever break the law, I'd better do it in Austria !
Homeless people should have it so good!
Once again the taxpayer gets stung.
It also shows that in most cases the quality of life for prisoners has improved considerably from what you might expect. And I always thought prison was for punishment.!!!!!
Just in case you ever get these two environments mixed up, this comparison chart should make things a little bit clearer:
You spend most of your time in a 10X10 cell
You spend most of your time in a 6X6 cubicle
You get three fully paid for meals a day
You get a break for one meal, and you have to pay for it
For good behavior, you get time off
For good behavior, you get more work
The guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you
You must carry a security card and open all the doors yourself
You can watch TV and play games
You could get fired for watching TV and playing games
You get your own toilet
You have to share the toilet with people who pee on the seat
They allow your family and friends to visit
You aren't even supposed to speak to your family
All expenses are paid by the taxpayers with no work required on your part
You must pay all your expenses to go to work, and they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners
You spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out
You spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside bars
You must deal with sadistic wardens
They are called 'managers'
THERE IS SOMETHING SERIOUSLY WRONG WITH THIS PLANET.....