Prison Not Providing Personal Protection For Inmates?

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This just in…The Orleans Parish Prison in New Orleans was found to be in violation of the prisoners civil rights. The justice department found that the conditions within the prison were unconstitutional.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME! This is jail a place where convicted criminals are sent to do their time. This is not a high class hotel with wonderful amenities. The convicts inside the Orleans Parish Prison have been sentenced for crimes such as burglary, rape, assault, homicide, molestation, car jacking, robbery, drug crimes and much more. They are not what you would call model citizens by any means. Most are repeat offenders who have found there way in and out of the criminal justice system most of their lives.

The U.S. Department of Justice released a report last week that focused on lack of inmate safety and mental health care. How about the Justice Department concentrate on providing the free citizens of America a safe environment to live and raise a family. The mission of the Department is as follows:

To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

In this report it was noted that inmates at the New Orleans jail are not sufficiently protected from violence inflicted by other inmates or from “excessive use of force” by prison staff. This has got to be one of the most ridiculous statements I’ve ever heard and millions of our tax dollars went into producing the statement. Lets think about this for a moment, we take and put convicted killers, drug addicts, rapists, and other violent offenders in a place we call prison to pay for their crimes. These criminals come are from rival gangs and of different races. Do we really expect them to be on there best behavior and not kill each other? Then you have the prison guards, when violence breaks out should they just sit around and act like nothing is happening or would you rather them use the force necessary to regain order?

The report also criticized the prison staff for using restraints on the mentally ill inmates. Are you serious? In my opinion, most potentially dangerous population in the prison would have to be the mentally ill. Everyone of them should be restrained unless they were confined to a cell or under one on one guard supervision.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe these people are entitled to shelter, food, clothing, personal hygiene, etc. There are basic needs should be met, but anything above that is up for debate. Many of our homeless population are starving but they are not entitled to the three hot meals of a convicted rapist or murderer. Something is wrong with that picture.