Saturday, January 19, 2008
One thing I'm not sure outsiders to corrections truly understand is just how valuable certain inmates with certain skills can be to an individual facility or to the entire system. Wardens have been known to block transfers, even for purposes of getting offenders ready for release, if the guy is a good plumber or cook or has been handling key duties within the prison. Here's a great case of the broader example, how a group of inmates can be valuable to the system, especially when they're low risk offenders who can be used as cheap but trained labor in fighting fires. Their potential release in CA is causing planners for fighting future fires (no charge for additional alliteration) to ponder the wisdom of (ever?) letting them go.