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August 07, 2006

Last week's question

Recently, for the second time this year, a Maryland correctional officer was killed while on duty. What can the state's Secretary of Corrections and prison officials do to make the institutions safer for the men and women who work there?


Our governor does not seem to have the ability to do anything, so I think the Secretary of Corrections should do the voters of Maryland a favor and resign.

Stop incarcerating murderers. If they killed, are convicted and have used up their myriad appeals, then they should be executed - not put up at our expense for the rest of their sorry lives.

Build one of those supermax security prisons that they keep profiling on Discovery Times and put all violent offenders (and those pervs who go after kids) in there!


And if the governor or the Secretary of Corrections has a problem with making it happen, then they should make room for someone who can!

These supermax prisons are some of the safest ever made. Stop trying to treat violent offenders like all other criminals. At least the U.S. Constitution can remain intact with respect to cruel and unusual punishment with an option like this. Mandatory death penalty? Come on!

Send them all overseas. Let them do their killing there and they'll be killing for a good cause.

What they can do to make the Maryland prisons safer is for Mary Ann Saar, Frank Sizer and Bob Ehrlich to resign their jobs. They are being paid to secure the safety of the correctional officers.

Instead, they have chosen to cut staff to save money and they are directly responsible for the deaths of the correctional officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

How can they sleep at night? That's what I would like to know. I challenge any of those high and mighty ones to work one day in any of these prisons, because they don't have a clue about what goes on in these prisons.

But they put our lives in jeopardy every day. Operation RESTART is a pipe dream that will never come true. These people must be replaced by competent, caring people who understand the prisons for the correctional officers' sake. God help the COs. Because of our so-called "leaders," we are being killed one at a time, slowly but surely.

Remove the top two officals and replace them with someone who knows how to run a prison.

There's a supemax in Western Maryland.

Why not take a look at other prisons? Start thinking more about the correctional officers. Treat the prisoners like prisoners. Make it tougher for them. They don't get out of the cell unless they have handcuffs on.

Get rid of prison budget-cutting Ehrlich.

HIRE MORE GUARDS and quit treating the inmates like kings - they have more rights as inmates than we do as free citizens.

The Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Mary Ann Saar, can resign, for she is not right for the position. She should be replaced by someone with an actual working background in corrections, someone who has worn the uniform and walked the tiers and interacted with these inmates on their home turf, the prisons.

Prison officials can give more credence to correctional officers' concerns and stop pandering to the belly-aching of the inmates. The inmates are in prison; therefore, they should have a diminished expectation of the rights that non-criminals are free to enjoy. They should not be treated like guests at a country club.


Violent offenders need to be in a maximum security center. Put everyone else in the regular old jail cells, but the ones that are IN JAIL for causing serious bodily harm or the death of another person - protect the brave souls who are charged with guarding these sorry people and LOCK 'EM DOWN! Putting dealers and thieves in the same security level as murderers, rapist and child molesters just doesn't make sense.

In the case of the CO who was killed at Jessup, it is my understanding that the building and cells are very old and this MAY have led to the prisoners jamming the doors. Why is this allowed? Maybe because we spend so much on prisons. This is very unfair to the COs who put their lives on the line, but it is like spending good money after bad.

It's bad enough that the prisons are overpopulated, but when the prisons aren't working properly anymore because they're allowed to become antiquated - it's just asking for trouble. If our lovely representatives won't restructure the system so that violent offenders are in max security, then at least proffer reasonable security measures where they are now - let's start with cells that actually lock and jailers that don't smuggle pot in for a lousy $100.

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