Most or all of the prisons in the US should be shut down for the inhumane treatment many prisoners suffer at the hands of other prisoners! If the de facto punishment of a term in prison goes beyond what was the specific sentence of the court, then the rule of law is meaningless. A case in point: Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff reportedly assaulted in prison REUTERS - Thu Mar 18, 7:59 pm ET Last December, officials at the federal prison in Butner, N.C., rebuffed rumors of a prison-yard beatdown involving the facility's most famous inmate, Bernie Madoffâhe of the multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that crashed to earth so ingloriously in 2008. Yes, the prisonâs administrators conceded, Madoff had suffered facial fractures and lacerations, broken ribs and a collapsed lung requiring an extended hospital stay. But the former Wall Street titan had just fallen out of his bunk bed, they insisted. Today, observers who were skeptical of the odds that oneâs lung might collapse after a tumble out of bed were vindicated. The Wall Street Journal confirmed the more plausible version of events today: that Madoff was indeed jumped and beaten up by a fellow inmate, a âbeefyâ gent who possessed a black belt in judoâand had a personal grievance stemming from a Madoff-contracted debt he believed he was owed.