Friday, December 26, 2008

The Rev. Jesse Jackson warns of 'jail hotels' during annual visit to Cook County, Ill., jail

Newsday reports:
The Rev. Jesse Jackson has warned against prisons becoming "jail hotels" during his annual Christmas visit to the Cook County, Ill., jail.

Jackson told 500 inmates gathered to meet him Thursday that people must stop thinking of prison as "free meals, medicine, heat and recreational activities." He urged them to vote and get tested for HIV.

Jackson's Chicago-based civil rights group, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, says 25 inmates took HIV tests and several registered to vote.

Jackson also urged the inmates to "make better decisions."

No word yet on Jesse Jackson demonstrating against Jesse Jackson for some of these comments.