The Good Life
From Philippe de Villiers' blog entries of November 14, comes this post about the good life in French prisons. Apparently "estates general" refers to the body of prisoners and their advocates:
The Estates General of prisons met yesterday in Paris, three weeks after the publication of the results of an unprecedented inquiry conducted with inmates by the International Observatory of Prisons (a prisoner advocacy group), that has been the thorn in the side of prison administrators. The inmates fully intend to transform this experiment into something tangible. In a few days, each candidate for the presidency will receive the manifesto derived from the results of the questionnaire given to prisoners "so as to arouse a personal commitment". The Estates General are also demanding that a law be voted making it essential to prepare ahead of time for the prisoners' arrival. Putting inmates in a prison close to their home, installing sanitary conditions that respect privacy, allowing daily access to activities, to training and to work...are also some of the priorities of the 58,000 French inmates.
Photo of Tower of London from Fotosearch.