Special Treatment

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We love it when we get it, but is it ever really fair? Is trying to get it worth it? This week, The U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Missouri is experimenting with a pilot program aimed at treating psychiatric prisoners. But sometimes, part of their treatment involves breaking prison rules. It's working. But some prison officials are crying foul. If giving some federal prisoners special treatment rehabilitates them, can it really be all that bad? Also, Howard Chackowicz explains how you can measure the special treatment you're getting, by the number of ketchup packets the delivery man gives you.

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Ira Glass