In one of those wonderful booklets percent in mouth series of editions hurricane, Fernando Pico fined tells us how different social differentially Utuado in the nineteenth century:
A regulation provided for the laborers pay a day in prison for every four actual fine ... in the case of artisans, one day amounted to twelve reals, and the owners, six pesos ...
In the nineteenth century, the time of the craftsman was worth more than the laborer, and the owner, in turn, much more.
And now, too. The newspaper Primera Hora outlined on Saturday the death of Vivian Rivera, a 23-year-old dam in a prison in Vega Alta and victim of a beating by another confined. He was in the prison infirmary, dying three days. When it came to the Medical Center "was too late," says the press release. A congenital condition was complicated and amplified the effect of the blows, and she did not wake.
If there was abuse or neglect by jail not know. It is probably prudent to wait for the autopsy before issuing an opinion. What we can say is that the picture is, in effect, very different from that described in the quote Stang above. That girl took her prey, for one year for possession of a small bag of marijuana. The judge issued a sentence of "one year in jail or a thousand dollar fine," and Vivian time worth as little as the Utuado laborer. Once in prison, on one occasion, the "mangaron" smoking pot again and extra eight months added to the already disproportionate punishment.
One packet = thousand pesos = one year. Is not there some mechanism that protects the poor of that algebra evil? Eighty dollars a month. The judge's opinion awards eleven cents worth, every hour (enclosed) of Vivian. Your time is worth less than the Stang laborer.
Compare this year and eight months with the recent case of the three students who had, not a bag of marijuana, but a full orchard county. Hydroponic, nothing less. They occupied, says the press, "112 marijuana plants, 16 containers with bite, medium with 15 bags ready to sell the drug and four containers with cocaine."
Not that I think that the three farmers County fans should go to jail - that's not the point. What I find interesting is that although the official rules are different, the poor follow TIME worth less. For medical students, 112 plants and fifteen bags are not enough to warrant a day in prison. To Vivian, a bag is paid one year and half a cigarette, with eight months.
Or with life.