Allen Stanford. They’re trying to break him. Why?

Allen Stanford when first arrested
Allen Stanford after several months in prison (Reuters photo)

Look, I have little sympathy for Allen Stanford and think he’s no doubt guilty of a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme. But while Bernie Madoff stayed in a penthouse awaiting trial, Stanford has been put into the general prison population, got mauled in a fight, looks much worse, his health is suffering, and his family is not allowed to visit.

This harsh treatment seems both unusual and quite deliberate. I wonder why they’re doing it.