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  •  Most, if not all, of the jail staff I have ever (4+ / 0-)
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    dealt with have been great people doing the best they can with the resources they were given.  Not that I was ever really happy to be dealing with them, but it was never their fault.  The problem goes to a higher level than the staff or even the DOC, it goes back to what we as a society choose to devoite those resources to.

    trying to thing of something new - watch here for results "Nihil curo de ista tua stulta superstitione"

    by norahc on Sun Apr 08, 2007 at 08:55:23 PM PDT

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    •  Prison staff are in a difficult position (1+ / 0-)
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      It's truly a "rock and a hard place" type of job.

      The inmates are quick to press legal challanges and accusals but the higher-ups in Custody are even more unforgiving.

      Fortunately, the violence-based hot-dog types usually wash out.

      (-7.75, -7.69) No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up - Lily Tomlin

      by john07801 on Sun Apr 08, 2007 at 09:04:59 PM PDT

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      •  My only legal filing (3+ / 0-)
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        was a habeas corpus one when I was spending 30 days on a contempt of court charge.  I was upset at being sentenced to jail without a trial.  Interestingly enough this was in 2001 or 2002, long before we though about the implications of losing this right (I got no response from the court on my writ, it is pretty easy to ignore stuff from jail as there is no one to enforce prisioners rights)That said the guards did a good job and brought me to the library whenever there was enough staff to do such.
        I think that there may have been a change in both the training and education of guards in the last 20 years, but this does vary based on state.  My guess (no data sorry) is that the better training and pay the corrections officers get the better the conditions inside the prisions will be.

        trying to thing of something new - watch here for results "Nihil curo de ista tua stulta superstitione"

        by norahc on Sun Apr 08, 2007 at 09:21:41 PM PDT

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