posted on May, 23 2006 @ 12:03 PM
speaking as a former detention officer, this doesn't surprise me at all. i don't think that it's because more people are 'misbehaving'...it's
increased enforcment of minor offenses of all types. in my few years as a D.O. the max inmate level at my jail was increased 3 times and within a week
of opening more space..walla...full again. did the police go out and catch more murders, rapists, burglery?? no..minor drug offenses was the main
source..ie a cop catching you with a smoking utensile, and alot of failure to pay a fine. also, an interesting thing that would happen when we reached
about 5% over capacity, is that the officers would be told that if you have to bring someone to jail, you have to bring them to jail , BUT, "stay
away from the little stuff".
( the most annoying arrest was what we called 'contempt of cop" ie you have done nothing legaly wrong, you just pissed off the officer, who then
brings you to jail on an 'obstruction' charge, writes a 5 sentence report, you stay in jail for a few hours and after being fingerprinted, retna
scaned and lengthy personal data inputted into the system are relaesed with no charges or apologies...just wasting my time and the jails money)
the intake area where everybody starts, 1 man on the floor, one man on a bunk, 2 hours out a day in 1 hour incriments...the theroy and policy was
inmates would be here only 1-3days, but 1-3 weeks was more the norm because of overcrowding issues...and remember, everybody started here, minor
trafic violators, failure to pay fines, would be housed with major felonies. i suspect that it is similar in alot of jails.
i had a first hand view of the inside of law-enforcement/jail.....i did not like what i was seeing...the militarization of the police and the
increasing view that if you are not a cop, YOU ARE GIULTY of something and it's just finding out what we can charge you with........it is obvious
that we are being set up to accept a militarized police state and YOU need to be watched............