No sympathy for county jail inmates

Posted 7/14/19

To The Editor:To all the readers of the Banner, I just want to give my input on what Sheriff [Steve] Lawson has to put up with [regarding the] Tennessee Corrections Institute inspection that was …

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No sympathy for county jail inmates

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To The Editor:

To all the readers of the Banner, I just want to give my input on what Sheriff [Steve] Lawson has to put up with [regarding the] Tennessee Corrections Institute inspection that was recently held on our correctional facilities here in Bradley County that was front-page news on Thursday, June 27.

But before I begin, allow me to tell you about my life in my early 20s. I had joined the Navy (didn't want to be drafted into the Army during Vietnam) and became a submariner.

My first boat was a 640 Class Fleet Ballistic Submarine (SSBN 659, USS Will Rogers). That class of submarine was 425 feet long and 33 feet wide, and held a crew of 140 men (women weren't allowed at the time).

The main berthing compartment (which was in Lower Level Ops) held 96 berths (bunks). This berthing compartment was approximately 33 feet by 100 feet. There were four toilets, three showers and two sinks. This was for 96 men.

We only had two washers and two dryers for the laundry. Yes, they ran constantly.

I just shake my head in amazement when I read that the inmate square footage ratio is not in compliance in a particular pod. The report further amuses me that the inmate shower ratio is not in compliance.

Oh, my goodness, I feel so sorry for those people that are incarcerated in such dire settings. Yeah, right. 

Many of you will say, "Hey Bill, you volunteered for submarine duty," and that would be correct. But, my answer to that is this: Those people that are in jail also volunteered to commit the crime that they were sent there for.

Sheriff Lawson, I feel your pain. Every day you must put up with stupid bureaucrats with their rules and regulations. And the sad part is, it's going to get worse.

Sheriff, hang in there and keep up the good work.

— Bill Vaughn

Charleston

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