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  •  Many of the prisons and jails in Texas are private (8+ / 0-)

    I retired last year from a New England state prison system. The story you tell is believable. In my state, the entire system is operated by the state. In private prisons, the enterprise is done for profit, the bottom line. So any way they can improve the bottom line, they will.

    They operate like hotels in some ways - paid per bed filled per day, warm beds make money. Remember that.

    One thing they hate to provide is medical care, because it is so expensive. So anyone who is really sick is transferred back to the state system to be cared for by the taxpayer - but only if the cost of care exceeds the warm bed profit.

    In the state system, inmates are required to make a $3 copay for medical care, but exceptions are made for indigent inmates. And you can find out where he is, as One Pissed Off Liberal pointed out earlier, either on that website or one the state provides.

    Prisons are not supposed to be fun, a vacation (although I've seen it utilized that way by some criminals), but it shouldn't be evil, hell, either as FoodChillinMFr above says. Inmates are human and should be treated with humanity, with respect. If the inmate " a little slow..." then his issues should be diagnosed and he should be placed appropriately.

    When you find out where he is, call the prison number listed, and ask to speak to the inmates counselor or case worker. All inmates have one, and that person manages the inmates' incarceration, so should be able to tell you some things about him that will ease your mind.

    picking off right-wingnuts at the ballot box, one vote at a time

    by JohnMac on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 08:04:51 PM PDT

    •  Good suggestion (7+ / 0-)

      I will pass that on to my friends who are so clueless. They have believed in the system and don't see how to get things done.  They are afraid to complain or ask questions because they don't know how and they are afraid to make thing worse for their son.

      There is so much wisdom in this community.  Thanks for yours.

      "Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. Liberty without thought is like a disturbed spirit." Kahlil Gibran, 'The Vision'

      by CorinaR on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 08:10:09 PM PDT

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