Something's rotten in the prisons | Arkansas Blog

Monday, June 22, 2009

Something's rotten in the prisons

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 8:15 PM

Two killers walk out the prison gate in guard uniforms at shift change and aren't missed for hours.

Last week, we reported the firing of a lieutenant for thievery and the smuggling of weapons onto Death Row.

Over the weeknd, a guard kiled a man fleeing in a car from a security checkpoint. The dead man was wanted for failing to make a parole office visit. Might procedures have allowed a less-serious resolution of that incident outside the walls?

Now today comes a  report on the near-death of an inmate left to lie in bodily waste. An officer has been fired. The misdeeds include lap dancing on duty, convivial potluck dinners and a failure to properly patrol.

Accountability starts at the top, particularly when bad news comes in bunches.

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