Work Release Inmate at Kent County facility dies of Infection

Kent County Sheriff's Department says 50 year old Richard Anderson, a prisoner at the Kent County Work Release facility went into respiratory distress and was taken to Spectrum Health Blogett Campus on ... Full Story
Peggy

United States

#1 Mar 5, 2008
When this story broke, I wish I could say I was surprised, but I wasn't. What the public may asked is why this man didn't inform the staff.
Let me answer this, because he had very little choice, if you get sick in the work release program, the only choice you have is to go back in to the general population (back to the main jail). Doesn't sound so bad huh ? But what people don't realize is that they will serve the rest of their time in the jail, and they have to "kiss" work release good-bye. I can only say that if I was working at a job, and trying to put things back in order... I too would have laid down and hoped this would pass. The fact he passed away on a Sunday (weekend) also does not surprise me and only proves my point. He hoped this would pass.
Now for all the do-gooders who might say "you do the crime, you do the time". Sorry to say, this man paid the big price, he's doing his time but not here on earth.
If you have not been in or have had someone in the "system", it's easy to think "well they committed a crime, that's just the price you pay."
I have heard some of the stories that have come out of the "system", from the jail, to the youth camp (that's a sick place), and yes even the work release program. I have to wonder if Sheriff Larry Stelma ever makes surprise visits through "his" system, because there seems to be many more deaths and mishaps.
Sadly you would think after the Larry Jackowitz case so many years ago, and the many cases since, the the "system" could be fixed.

Since: Jan 08

Auburn

#2 Mar 5, 2008
This isn't the first time someone has died at the Kent County jail. It seems like people working at the jail would have noticed him being so ill, why wasn't something done before it got this bad?
billy

Grand Rapids, MI

#3 Mar 5, 2008
ONE LESS TO PAY FOR DO THE CRIME YOU DO THE TIME!!
WOw

Pleasanton, CA

#4 Mar 5, 2008
Oh Billy, I sure hope you never make a mistake! You must be perfect huh? It's a shame really to think like that, imagine how their family is feeling. You've never known someone with a DWI?
Maria

Milan, MI

#5 Mar 5, 2008
billy wrote:
ONE LESS TO PAY FOR DO THE CRIME YOU DO THE TIME!!
In work release the person guilty of the crime is paying to stay there and this IS NOT cheap!!! He was paying for himself to stay in work release.

Does anyone know if Richard had any other health issues that might have predisposed him to this type of pneumonia? Did Richard work inside or outside? Did he work outside? He probable had no health care coverage and was afraid to report "not feeling well" as he was afraid of being kicked out of work release.

My thoughts and prayers are with this man's family tonight. Yet, I don't know if we can jump to the gun and point our fingers at Kent County Work Release. With work release many of these inmates are gone most of the day and half of the night. This might have been the case for this man. He could have arrived at work release and went directly to his room for the night and went to sleep.

Work release is set up for inmates to be independent as possible, keep living their lives as normal as possible. However, they do need to report to the work release building at the end of their work day. The inmates are not babysat or monitored for health issues or psychological problems. They qualify for the program if they are mentally sound.

Even if a work release person appoarch Richard about his illness would he have went into the "sick bay"? I am not sure if he would have as he might have been afraid of losing his work release program.
billy

Grand Rapids, MI

#6 Mar 6, 2008
WOw wrote:
Oh Billy, I sure hope you never make a mistake! You must be perfect huh? It's a shame really to think like that, imagine how their family is feeling. You've never known someone with a DWI?
YEA I HAVE A BROTHER IN EL SEGUNDO CA.
billy

Grand Rapids, MI

#7 Mar 6, 2008
Maria wrote:
<quoted text>
In work release the person guilty of the crime is paying to stay there and this IS NOT cheap!!! He was paying for himself to stay in work release.
Does anyone know if Richard had any other health issues that might have predisposed him to this type of pneumonia? Did Richard work inside or outside? Did he work outside? He probable had no health care coverage and was afraid to report "not feeling well" as he was afraid of being kicked out of work release.
My thoughts and prayers are with this man's family tonight. Yet, I don't know if we can jump to the gun and point our fingers at Kent County Work Release. With work release many of these inmates are gone most of the day and half of the night. This might have been the case for this man. He could have arrived at work release and went directly to his room for the night and went to sleep.
Work release is set up for inmates to be independent as possible, keep living their lives as normal as possible. However, they do need to report to the work release building at the end of their work day. The inmates are not babysat or monitored for health issues or psychological problems. They qualify for the program if they are mentally sound.
Even if a work release person appoarch Richard about his illness would he have went into the "sick bay"? I am not sure if he would have as he might have been afraid of losing his work release program.
BLAH BLAH BLAH!!!
cece bebe

Forest Park, GA

#8 May 10, 2010
billy wrote:
ONE LESS TO PAY FOR DO THE CRIME YOU DO THE TIME!!
O [ray that this will happen to one of your family members, or ,a t least U will understand before this does happen to one of your family. I am sure U have or will have one in jail, it's a matter of time.
mizdebra

Fenton, MI

#9 Aug 25, 2013
I no someone on work rease right now I give him ridr back and forth the pay to stay isn't cheap I think I would stay I general popuation than have to pay that price also what do they do with all that money the feed them terrible pluss thrhsve to pay to do there laundrg plus pay the petson gas for picking them up that's a big price rigjt there they are deprrssed can't see day lite it is a bad thing
Roger Plafkin

Grand Rapids, MI

#10 Sep 12, 2013
Peggy wrote:
When this story broke, I wish I could say I was surprised, but I wasn't. What the public may asked is why this man didn't inform the staff.
Let me answer this, because he had very little choice, if you get sick in the work release program, the only choice you have is to go back in to the general population (back to the main jail). Doesn't sound so bad huh ? But what people don't realize is that they will serve the rest of their time in the jail, and they have to "kiss" work release good-bye. I can only say that if I was working at a job, and trying to put things back in order... I too would have laid down and hoped this would pass. The fact he passed away on a Sunday (weekend) also does not surprise me and only proves my point. He hoped this would pass.
Now for all the do-gooders who might say "you do the crime, you do the time". Sorry to say, this man paid the big price, he's doing his time but not here on earth.
If you have not been in or have had someone in the "system", it's easy to think "well they committed a crime, that's just the price you pay."
I have heard some of the stories that have come out of the "system", from the jail, to the youth camp (that's a sick place), and yes even the work release program. I have to wonder if Sheriff Larry Stelma ever makes surprise visits through "his" system, because there seems to be many more deaths and mishaps.
Sadly you would think after the Larry Jackowitz case so many years ago, and the many cases since, the the "system" could be fixed.
Chris Norris was a good friend of my son Joseph; Chris developed some problems, and eventually ended up in the Kent County Jail where he was put into a cell with a person whom they knew was dangerous to begin with; my understanding is that this dangerous person suffocated Chris; Chris was a good person; he deserved better treatment from a professional source, than to be put into jail; it is disheartening to see how people are treated; in some cases they seem to have no value as a human being;if it is true that we are to look after one another, then we are certainly doing a poor job. Roger Plafkin-Plafkin Farms, Ada, Michigan
Batch 37 Pain Is Good

Southfield, MI

#11 Sep 12, 2013
There is a series of stats of deaths in the county jail..... get them.......

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