on offenders. He also cut his food bill by reducing the inmate meal plan from three meals a day to two, and he pared down his per-meal cost to under 40 cents by introducing the bologna sandwich as standard fare. That's just the tip of the iceberg. He banned coffee, smoking, pornographic magazines and unrestricted TV in the jail. He created tent cities to handle the jail overload. When a federal court order required cable TV in the jail, he hooked it up but only allowed The Weather and Disney channels.
For the second year in a row, jocund Joe has been piping "Christmas" music into the third largest jail system in the country nonstop twelve hours a day throughout the holiday season. It's enough to make the nearly 8,000 inmates pray LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH and long for a SILENT NIGHT. Mind you, judicious Joe's song selection is culturally diverse and multi-ethnic. Holiday music from all countries and all faiths are included on his playlist. You are as likely to hear FELIZ NAVIDAD or a selection by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as you are GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER. Since very few of jovial Joe's charges are likely to be HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, he has a captive audience for his onslaught of holiday cheer. If you don't like holiday music, it must make the TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS (or however long jubilant Joe deems the holiday season to be) seem very long indeed.
Statements made in this post are my own and are not intended to represent the position,views or opinion of the Michigan Attorney General or the Michigan Department of Attorney General.