Paco: Failure to squelch means you’re on candid camera
By Mike Cason | AL.com
MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Alabama state prisoners are not allowed to have cellphones, but that policy hasn’t stopped some inmates from showing up on YouTube in recorded interviews talking about prison conditions and other issues.
Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett said the videos, posted on the YouTube channel Free Alabama Movement, are part of the nonviolent protests taking place at three Alabama prisons. Inmates are protesting about not being paid for prison jobs, unsanitary conditions, overcrowding, sentencing and parole policies and other issues.
Corbett said disciplinary action is possible against those inmates involved in the videos because of the contraband phones.
The number of inmates refusing to work at prison jobs as part of the protest went down today…(Full text at AL.com)
Ethics, it is said, is how one behaves when no one is looking. Correctional Officers, ethical and otherwise, are well advised to assume everyone is looking–It’s how you should do things, after all.
On the political side, Paco finds it ironic the nation’s governors defer to the FCC on signal blocking while on so many other issues federal law is ignored and poo-pooed.
Many states routinely ignore US immigration and controlled substance laws…with impunity. The Obama Administration is on record with a list of federal laws it will not enforce.
Yet, when it comes to stopping this immediate and direct threat to prison security and public safety we cower at the threat of sanctions from a federal bureaucracy concerned only with frequencies, bandwidth and broadcast etiquette.
Meanwhile, gangsters are controlling their syndicates from jail and prison, issuing death contracts, intimidating witnesses and, in one case, exposing what appears to be unacceptable conditions and practices.
Governors, grow a set. Purchase the off-the-shelf jammers needed, install them and tell Eric Holder to pound sand. He will. It’s what he does.