I could, and probably will, write a lengthy post about the horrors that have been publicly revealed with the release of the Grand Jury transcripts of the John Chamberlain death investigation. Based upon what has been revealed I am not surprised that the County and Acting Sheriff Anderson wanted those transcripts sealed.
It should not have been a surprise to the leadership of the Sheriff’s Department or the DA that “shot callers” were used in our jails by deputies to maintain control. It should not have been a surprise that supervision was lax or nonexistent. We as communities of individuals have for decades supported the “lock ’em away” attitude towads people who violate laws. What we haven’t been willing to do is pay for the results of that attitude.
We cannot ignore the reality that a society that locks people away, has the responsibity to protect the safety and welfare of both prisoners and deputies. The panacea of an Office of Internal Review would not have done anything to prevent the tragedy of John Chamberlain’s death. Nor can it prevent this tragedy from happening again.
So what are your thoughts. What do you have to say on this matter? Are you outraged, or simply bored? Speak up, or should we just continue to allow the inmates to run our jails?