Posted in music | venues on August 25, 2010

B-52s @ Asser Levy Park on August 19th (myny1974)
B52s

Last Friday morning, roughly 15 inmates were back on duty, cleaning up the aftermath of the B-52s concert while six guards kept a close watch.

The city had said that the inmates on the detail posed a minimal risk, as they were hand picked only minutes before getting on the bus to the concert site -- so as to avoid any possible escape plans -- and strip-searched before getting on the bus to Asser Levy Park or Wingate Field.

The Department of Correction also made sure the inmates weren't from either Crown Heights or Coney Island, so that the prisoners wouldn't be seeing old friends while gathering chairs.

Most locals had not taken issue with the prisoners, but rather had been disappointed that the jobs were going to incarcerated men being paid $1 an hour instead of people in need of work in the ailing economy.

"It's nice the prisoners give something back to society," said Ida Sanoff, an opponent of Markowitz's larger plan to expand the bandshell into a $64-million amphitheater. "But on the other hand, there are a lot of people out of work that would like to get paid -- even if just for a couple of days." [Brooklyn Paper: City jail to Marty: Get your own workers!]

The next and final Seaside Concert of the summer is 'Latino Music by the Sea" night.

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Comments (15)

Those 6 guards could not have been cheap. You can probably get cheaper labor locally since the guards are probably union.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 11:39 PM

yeah, instead of having criminals work for a dollar let's pay union wages and have the public foot the bill....much as i dislike sarah palin i'd support her candidate over ida sanoff.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 11:41 PM

I wish the prisoners would take over ticketing and we could do away with tickemaster and their ridiculous fees.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 11:57 PM

they should use the prisoners for security

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 1:16 AM

They should put the prisoners on display. Oh wait. They already do that. It's called The Bodies Exhibit.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 2:34 AM

I like the idea of having the prisoners as security. We could have another Altamont on our hands.

Posted by guuuurrrrllll | August 26, 2010 9:50 AM

Did the prisoners get to see the B-52's?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 10:33 AM

it's the new american version of socialism.

Posted by Charles | August 26, 2010 10:45 AM

prison inMEHates

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 12:47 PM

"They should put the prisoners on display. Oh wait. They already do that. It's called The Bodies Exhibit."


oh fuck! i'd heard about that but just thought it was an urban legend. well, more like a 'rurban regend' if you can pick up on the racism.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 5:17 PM

I've figured out how to deter repeat criminals - make prisoners work at Phish concerts (no earplugs allowed).

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 5:28 PM

they only work before and after concert. they are not at concerts.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 5:36 PM

abolish the prison industrial complex -- critical resistance

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 12:19 AM

Slave labour.

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