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Mantis_max50

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Posted about 5 years ago

 

It just seems funny to be that prisons here allow inmates to fix any and everything.  Maybe it's just me but to have inmates fix windows,doors, locks, etc. well kinda defeats the purpose.  I can understand inmate labor at other government facilities.  But, I am a bit leary of them fixing things in law enforcement/ correctional setings.  I know it has been a practice down here for years, but.......


Any thoughts?

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

We have groups of inmates that repair things. Electrical group, plumbing group, H-vac group and so on.


They have all been trained and each group has a supervisor that keeps a close eye on what they repair.


However, they do not repair everything. They do not repair anything in the control booths, Central Control or


the fence. The staff maintenence crew repairs those.


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Tam_and_i_max50

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Rated +1 | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I'm in favor of the inmates living in tent cities and growing their own food.  That's how all prisons should be.  They might not come back if all prisons were this way.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

MelanieATurner says ...



I'm in favor of the inmates living in tent cities and growing their own food.  That's how all prisons should be.  They might not come back if all prisons were this way.



IN the "old days" the Kansas City Municipal Farm was self-sufficient.  Prisoners paid their own way through hard work, grew their own food, etc.  Now tax dollars from hard-working honest citizens pay for the meals, entertainment, etc. for the current generation of criminals.


Personally, I'd like to see a return to chain gangs and work details improving things for the good upstanding citizens, instead of us paying for the dregs of society to have 3 squares a day.


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Rated +1 | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I agree we need to go back to the old days. Its sicking to see how comfortable inmates are everyday.Everything is provided to them food, tv, bed space. Thiese guys need to come to jail and learn how to work and be productive not lay around all day and watch tv and play cards. Its no wonder they keep coming back its not a big thing its a "vacation". I would love to see tent city thing in this state but it will never happen in this liberal state.


Its sad to see they are geting new flat screen Tvs. Bigger Tvs then I have in my home but there is no way we can get pay raises this year.Something is wrong with this picture..

Charging_charlie_max50

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I'm a maintenance C/O where I work, and yes we do use inmate labor. Ours do not touch locks/doors/sliders, they do plumbing/hvac/electric/paint/etc. They are escorted by us C/O's, they do not enter any controlled areas at all. They do nothing outside the fence, we do all that. I'm a C/O first, maintenace second. (But the pay is a little better) Oh, our guys start at .18 cents an hour.


 


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Rate This | Posted almost 5 years ago

 

CplSki says ...



I'm a maintenance C/O where I work, and yes we do use inmate labor. Ours do not touch locks/doors/sliders, they do plumbing/hvac/electric/paint/etc. They are escorted by us C/O's, they do not enter any controlled areas at all. They do nothing outside the fence, we do all that. I'm a C/O first, maintenace second. (But the pay is a little better) Oh, our guys start at .18 cents an hour.


 


 


Ours start at .40/ day but unfortunately they do work on locks fences and in controlled areas in this state.  That is what scares me.  


 


In so far as inmates gettng other priveleges e.g. tvs etc.  the inmates at our facilities earn the monies to pay for these items with service clubs that they have to pay for usually through donations from family and money coming from their personal inmate account funds.  We the tax payer don't have to pay for squat in that regard even for them to receive the local paper.


 


But, as with the original theme of this thread I am more concerned not that inmates work, but , which projects and areas those working inmates have access to.  When they build their own facilities and work on locks; on in and around secure areas whether supervised, or not I think that it is a bit disconcerting.  Maybe it's just my own paranoia.  But, I 'd rather have a reputable contractor work on those things.  This is just my own $.02.  and in no way reflects on the hard work and excellent job that especially my fellow brothers in blue do.  It is much more a question of administration policies and the leadership's thinking with regards to  jobs that inmates are allowd to perform.


 


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Rated +1 | Posted almost 5 years ago

 

Letting inmates work on locks/sliders is just downright wrong. Plus they should never be allowed around controlled areas. Understanding how these locks/sliders work gives you an edge up. I can bet you money that by now they know how to defeat the anti pick in those locks. Plus the interlock in the sliders. Your warden is an ass.


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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

Same as Cplski said, our inmates do not work on any locks, sliders or in any control pod. The Inmates fix minor things like plumbing, electrical and ducting. HVAC is all outside of the facility or in the control pod for the officers. with that being said we would need a couple of specially trained officers to complete all of the repairs in the facility.

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Rated +2 | Posted over 4 years ago

 

I think they should make little rocks out of big rocks.


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I think they should make little rocks out of big rocks.



Well said.


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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

Its the same here in KDOC. We have crews that assist in fixing everything. We do have maintenace supervisors and locksmiths though. We generally don;t let the inmates work on locks.

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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

Our inmate workers do all of the cooking, cleaning, and laundry.


We have a maintenace staff the takes care of the facility.


To allow the inmates to take care of that stuff is jeoprodizing the safety and integrity of your facility. They are inmates for a reason!

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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

I believe in rehabilitation. As a street probation and parole agent for 23 years I watched the "revolving door". There are 3 different types of offenders people just like me and you who for what ever reason made VERY VERY BAD choices, they will never come through the system again. The ones with alcohol and drug issues, until they want help they will keep on coming back and then there are the hard core offenders who are major threats to the general public, they need to be warehoused away from the rest of us. Some of these people can make it as productive members of society. I know this is not a popular opinion among our family but we can't afford to keep them all forever, they ones that can make it under parole supervision should have to earn a living, pay taxes and pay parole fees or go back to jail. Just my opionion.


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