Wednesday, June 06, 2007

American Idol with Stripes

“Hello, everybody out there, have we got something for you. I’m talking about the first-ever Inmate Idle contest.”
“This is a groundbreaking opportunity, never before done in any jail, so don’t miss out. We hear you singing all the time in the pods.”
“ In your cells. In the holding tanks. Now, let’s put you in front of a microphone and on a stage.”

It would have been just another day in jail if not for the wild applause.

In the yard was a stage, a festive canopy and a 15-foot billboard with a cartoon prisoner in stripes singing into a microphone. Above it, a logo, styled after American Idol, read: “Inmate Idle Singing Con-Test.”

Contributed by Vonross

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