Protesters say prison conditions terr...

Protesters say prison conditions terrible

There are 129 comments on the Connecticut Post story from Jan 9, 2008, titled Protesters say prison conditions terrible. In it, Connecticut Post reports that:

Bridgeport Correctional Center inmates are sleeping on hallway floors and on beds of made of milk crates and cardboard because of prison overcrowding, protesters charged at a rally Wednesday opposing Gov.

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Since: Dec 07

Fairfield, CT

#1 Jan 9, 2008
We need someone like Sheriff Joe Arpaio here in Connecticut:

Sheriff Joe is perhaps best known for his famous Tent City Jail which houses over 2,000 inmates. Meddling federal judges had decreed that the County's jails were "overcrowded." (Tell that to law-abiding citizens in the area, who live in much more crowded housing than do the prisoners.) Instead of bowing to pressure from the federal government and releasing thousands of prisoners, Arpaio put up surplus Army tents next to one of the jail buildings, and surrounded the area with barbed wire.

It would be a massive understatement to say that Arpaio doesn't believe in coddling criminals. He wants his jails to be what jails were intended to be - a deterrent to crime. He wants his "guests" to be so happy to leave his facilities that they will never want to return!

The good sheriff follows the law to the letter. He provides food, clothing and shelter to the inmates. Anything beyond that is not required and is not provided.

He has taken away "comforts" that are common in jails and prisons across our nation. For instance, Sheriff Joe has eliminated smoking and porno magazines in all eight County jails. If someone can show him that prisoners have a constitutional right to lung cancer or porn, I am sure he will reinstate these things.

He also took away weight-lifting equipment. Sheriffs and wardens have long complained that prisoners spend hours every day "bulking up" with weights and becoming extraordinarily strong. Jail and prison guards don't have the luxury of hours of weight training every day. And the result has often been that super-strong inmates have attacked and over-powered guards. Instead of complaining about this, Joe did something about it.

He started chain gangs so the inmates could do something useful with their time. They do free work on county and city projects. Then he started the first female chain gangs in the country so he wouldn't get sued for discrimination. He also started the nation's first juvenile chain gang.

He cut off cable TV because all the prisoners watched were R and X-rated movies. Then he found that there was a ridiculous federal law that requires cable TV in jails. So he hooked the cable TV back up, and now only allows the Disney Channel and the Weather Channel. When he was asked why he allowed the Weather Channel he replied, "So they will know how hot it's gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs."

He removed coffee from the jails because it has no nutritional value. When the inmates complained, he told them, "This isn't the Ritz/Carlton. If you don't like it, don't come back."

He bought Newt Gingrich' lecture series on videotape to play in the jails. When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he replied that a Democratic lecture series might explain why a lot of the inmates were in his jails in the first place.

Recently when temperatures reached a new record of 116 degrees, inmates were allowed to lie in their bunks in the Tent City Jail instead of working. "It feels like we are in a furnace," complained one inmate who has lived in the tents for 1 1/2 years. "It's inhumane."

Joe Arpaio told all of the inmates: "It's120 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too, and they have to wear full battle gear, but they didn't commit any crimes, so shut your mouths!"

Arpaio heads the nation's third largest Sheriff's Office, which employs over 3000 people. The County he serves is the size of Rhode Island.

Since: Dec 07

Fairfield, CT

#2 Jan 9, 2008
Sheriff Joe is perhaps best known for his famous Tent City Jail which houses over 2,000 inmates. Meddling federal judges had decreed that the County's jails were "overcrowded." (Tell that to law-abiding citizens in the area, who live in much more crowded housing than do the prisoners.) Instead of bowing to pressure from the federal government and releasing thousands of prisoners, Arpaio put up surplus Army tents next to one of the jail buildings, and surrounded the area with barbed wire.

It would be a massive understatement to say that Arpaio doesn't believe in coddling criminals. He wants his jails to be what jails were intended to be - a deterrent to crime. He wants his "guests" to be so happy to leave his facilities that they will never want to return!

The good sheriff follows the law to the letter. He provides food, clothing and shelter to the inmates. Anything beyond that is not required and is not provided.

He has taken away "comforts" that are common in jails and prisons across our nation. For instance, Sheriff Joe has eliminated smoking and porno magazines in all eight County jails. If someone can show him that prisoners have a constitutional right to lung cancer or porn, I am sure he will reinstate these things.

He also took away weight-lifting equipment. Sheriffs and wardens have long complained that prisoners spend hours every day "bulking up" with weights and becoming extraordinarily strong. Jail and prison guards don't have the luxury of hours of weight training every day. And the result has often been that super-strong inmates have attacked and over-powered guards. Instead of complaining about this, Joe did something about it.

He started chain gangs so the inmates could do something useful with their time. They do free work on county and city projects. Then he started the first female chain gangs in the country so he wouldn't get sued for discrimination. He also started the nation's first juvenile chain gang.

He cut off cable TV because all the prisoners watched were R and X-rated movies. Then he found that there was a ridiculous federal law that requires cable TV in jails. So he hooked the cable TV back up, and now only allows the Disney Channel and the Weather Channel. When he was asked why he allowed the Weather Channel he replied, "So they will know how hot it's gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs."

He removed coffee from the jails because it has no nutritional value. When the inmates complained, he told them, "This isn't the Ritz/Carlton. If you don't like it, don't come back."

He bought Newt Gingrich' lecture series on videotape to play in the jails. When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he replied that a Democratic lecture series might explain why a lot of the inmates were in his jails in the first place.

Recently when temperatures reached a new record of 116 degrees, inmates were allowed to lie in their bunks in the Tent City Jail instead of working. "It feels like we are in a furnace," complained one inmate who has lived in the tents for 1 1/2 years. "It's inhumane."

Joe Arpaio told all of the inmates: "It's120 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too, and they have to wear full battle gear, but they didn't commit any crimes, so shut your mouths!"

Arpaio heads the nation's third largest Sheriff's Office, which employs over 3000 people. The County he serves is the size of Rhode Island.
pwilson

Newtown, CT

#3 Jan 10, 2008
As you can see in the case of the 26 time repeat offender, parole is not always the answer. And just what is the number of repeat offenders in there? If there is a need for more jails. Take some of the empty buildings anywhere and convert them to a min. security jail. Or build new ones. But don't release just because of overcrowding.
A Nonny Mouse

Hartford, CT

#4 Jan 10, 2008
"Killing someone in a domestic dispute"?

"In jail 26 times in his life for drugs and drug-related crimes"

Oops. I guessed I missed the part where I was supposed to feel SORRY for these people. Well, they broke the law (SEVERAL times, some of them) and that's the price you pay.

Stop whining, man up, start acting like a decent human being and useful member of society, obey the damned laws and you can keep your sorry butt out of jail. If not, tough ****.
Lee

United States

#5 Jan 10, 2008
The solution to this problem is REAL simple. How about NOT getting involved in crime! Straighten up and get your life together then you wouldn't have to experience these deplorable conditions in prison.
X-Nutmegger

Scottsdale, AZ

#6 Jan 10, 2008
videophotog wrote:
We need someone like Sheriff Joe Arpaio here in Connecticut:

Having lived in both states the voter is much more powerfull in Az. than in Ct.

Sheriff Joe is elected , produce what the voters like or you're history.
In the middle of a term screw up , a recall petition and vote may follow.

Want to change something the legislature and governor won't. Get a petition on the ballot for a new law , vote it in and it will be in effect.

That doesn't mean the voters cannot pass stupid laws or make mistakes but they are , for better or worse more empowered in Az. than Ct.
BRIDGEPORT

Brooklyn, NY

#7 Jan 10, 2008
HEY SHERIFF JOE ITS ABOUT TIME SOMEONE OPEN THEIR EYES AND REALIZE THAT IS HOW YOUR SUPPOSE TO DO YOUR TIME. THEY ARE TO COMFORTABLE THAT'S WHY THEY KEEP COMING BACK. THE NEXT STEP IS WHEN THEY FINISH DOING THEIR TIME IS TO HAVE THEM PAY BACK ALL THE MONEY THE TAXPAYERS WHO WORK HARD EVERY DAY AND OBEY THE LAW HAS PAY FOR THEM TO BE IN THERE MAKE THEM PAY THAT MONEY BACK EVEN IF IT HAS TO BE ON MONTHLY INSTALLMENTS. THEY COULD SEND THEM MONEY SO THEY CAN BUY THE THINGS THEY NEED IN THERE . THEY SHOULD GIVE THEM HALF OF WHAT THEY SEND AND ADD THE OTHER HALF TO THEIR BILL FOR STAYING THERE. WAKE UP LAWMAKERS STOP SLEEPING AT THOSE MEETING AND DO SOMETHING USEFUL GET TIRED OF SUPPORTING THESE FREELOADERS
Be real

North Brunswick, NJ

#8 Jan 10, 2008
That is why it is called jail!!!! You are not living in New Canaan or Greenwich, you fools. Prison. The conditions in these jails are an upgrade from the living conditions of these people's homes!!! Get real. Why don't you protest something meaningful, like stopping teenage pregnacy?
Anon

United States

#9 Jan 10, 2008
Instead of building new prisons, maybe we should build them resorts with spas, world class gyms and fancy restaurants. Possibly then they would be happy and be willing stay in prison to do their time. Don't they deserve the best! lol
X-Nutmegger

Scottsdale, AZ

#10 Jan 10, 2008
BRIDGEPORT wrote:
HEY SHERIFF JOE ITS ABOUT TIME SOMEONE OPEN THEIR EYES AND REALIZE THAT IS HOW YOUR SUPPOSE TO DO YOUR TIME. THEY ARE TO COMFORTABLE THAT'S WHY THEY KEEP COMING BACK. THE NEXT STEP IS WHEN THEY FINISH DOING THEIR THESE FREELOADERS
New Az. DUI law . Ten to forty two days in jail , vehicle interlock at $80 per month ,$1250 in fines and $700 to Sheriff Joe for room and board.
That's for the first offense and blowing 0.08 to 1.5 at 1.6 it's a felony DUI.
Lisa

Manchester, CT

#11 Jan 10, 2008
I have a SIMPLE solution -
Don't do the crime if you can't do the time ... last time I checked, inmates weren't checking into Hiltons. I have no sympathy for this problem whatsoever.
BPT

Stafford Springs, CT

#12 Jan 10, 2008
Instead of building more prisons maybe we shuld concentrate on root causes of crime including funding public schools and creating jobs and job training so that crime isnt an acceptable way of life.
james bearsley

Southington, CT

#13 Jan 10, 2008
Lisa wrote:
I have a SIMPLE solution -
Don't do the crime if you can't do the time ... last time I checked, inmates weren't checking into Hiltons. I have no sympathy for this problem whatsoever.
hello lisa! i will be waiting here for you
Anon

United States

#14 Jan 10, 2008
BPT wrote:
Instead of building more prisons maybe we shuld concentrate on root causes of crime including funding public schools and creating jobs and job training so that crime isnt an acceptable way of life.
Crime is never an acceptable way of life. Most of the root cause of crime is drugs. Unfortunately lazy people who don't want to get real careers/jobs sell the drugs to make a living; and kids whose parents don't care enough to make sure their kids are not hanging around in bad crowds, arn't out all night, are going where they say they are going, are attending school, etc. It all starts with family values (in cities and suburbs)! It takes hard work to make sure kids stay on the right path. City schools receive a heck of a lot more funding than suburban schools to fix the problems. You can't help people who don't want to be helped.
Sarah

Woburn, MA

#15 Jan 10, 2008
You get absolutely no sympathy from me! What the hell are you doing in there in the first place. You shouldn't have a god damn voice. Stay in there so you can't hurt another human being with your violent and criminal actions!! Get used to living that way because at least you have a roof over your head!!!
Taurus25

Orangeburg, SC

#16 Jan 10, 2008
Bring the soldiers home and send the inmates to Iraq since they want to fight and kill!!!!!!!!!!
t baker

Plainville, CT

#17 Jan 10, 2008
may be sheriff joe should spend the night in prison along with his red neck friends that are in power.
none violent offenders should not be treated in such a way, rehabilitate and educate will make a diff. most offenders that are released find it hard to find a job or get training for employment, so how can one turn their life around with out these the necessary tools
Cinci gal

AOL

#18 Jan 10, 2008
And, no sympathy from me, either! Live an upstanding and honest life, and you won't be in a slammer! Comfort? None of them deserve comfort. Food and shelter ought to do it. The rest of the time, let them twittle their thumbs and figure out why they are in prison, in the first place. Make it as uncomfortable as can be for these jerks, and maybe they will think twice the next time. For those who think jail is a free meal and lodging, then make it a low budget 'hotel' for them!
X-Nutmegger

Scottsdale, AZ

#19 Jan 10, 2008
t baker wrote:
may be sheriff joe should spend the night in prison along with his red neck friends that are in power.
Well Glenn Campbell and Mike Tyson have done an overnight or 2-3 courtesy of Sheriff Joe..

I would like your definition of Redneck , that would be most interesting !
BPT FINEST

Chesterfield, MO

#24 Jan 10, 2008
Joel u are a total idiot, Sarah is speaking her mind which she has a right to, you on the other hand just are plain stupid, did u even get passed the 6th grade?
Joel Gonzalez wrote:
You should not have the luxury of living in Darien Connecticut. You Sarah should be living under a I-95 underpass. No, the underpass is too good for you. You should be living in a city dump somewhere in a third world country. You should lose your voice as you are allready Blind. Why do I wish this upon you? Becasue, you Damned God when it is absolutely uncalled for and further you are promoting acts of inhumanity and are used to living that way.<quoted text>

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