Bordeaux inmate's sentence reduced after pics of filthy living conditions surface

An inmate at the north-end Bordeaux prison has seen his sentence for drug offences cut by seven months, after his lawyer produced cellphone pictures of his cell block infested with rats and mould.

38-year-old Michel Vincent Jr. was serving a 30-month sentence, but a judge determined that each day he had been held in remand custody since his arrest should count as a day and a half — meaning he has nine months left to serve, and not 16.

He'll be eligible for parole this spring.

It's unclear if Vincent himself took the pictures, or if another prisoner did. Despite the fact that cellphone possession is illegal for prisoners, the judge allowed the photos to be allowed into evidence.

Vincent was busted in October 2012 for maintaining a secret drug lab that manufactured the notorious date-rape drug GHB. At the same time, he managed to keep his day job as a math teacher at St. Hubert's André-Laurendeau high school.

Similar complaints about deteriorating conditions at Bordeaux jail have cropped up before, and Vincent isn't the first inmate to get extra credit for time served as a result.

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  1. sam posted on 03/03/2014 11:57 AM
    Uh, if the photos exist for one inmate, shouldn't this consideration be extended to all of the inmates no matter if they have good lawyers or not ... IF there is no violence or victims connected to their crime. This just seems a bit arbitrary.
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