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    Tuesday, March 24, 2009

    Our Justice System Hard At Work

    This is coming from the lobby of the Red Lion Hotel in Denver, Colorado. I am attending a Jail Administration class this week.

    When Jail Commanders and Instructors get together, there is alot of information sharing. Here's some of what I have learned:

    - A correctional officer sued his employer for contracting MRSA while at work and then infecting his wife and children. The federal court dropped the officer's claim, saying exposure to the infection is a risk assumed by the officer when he took the job. Makes sense. OK, but this part of the decision I'm having a tough time finding the "sense"...the portion of the suit that involved the wife and children being infected BY THE OFFICER was allowed to proceed. Huh?!?

    - If an inmate comes into the jail with a hearing aid, the taxpayers have to pay for batteries to keep the thing operable. Or, replace it...

    - One jail had a woman who had seven, yes seven, babies whose births were paid for by the taxpayers. She would wait until her last trimester then do something to get arrested. She would then have the baby while in jail. Yes, fellow taxpayers, we foot the bill for things like that.

    Hearing things like this frustrates me to my core. I like to think, however, that stories like these are not the norm. There's something that needs to be remembered. The rights of the individual citizens of our great country are of utmost importance, and guaranteed. In order to maintain the rights of the good, honest, hard working people that are productive members of society, some things are bound to fall through the cracks. We're not perfect. But, we still live in the greatest nation on earth.

    What not to say to a police officer: "Hey, you must've been doin' about 125 mph to keep up with me. Good job"!

    Let's be careful out there.





    Blogger jaw said...

    Good Morning Jail Commander, Quite an interesting blog------wow---some of the things that go on!!!Even with all of that said, yes, we do indeed live in the greatest country on the earth.

    March 31, 2009 at 6:21 AM  

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