Not to turn this into another topic but do you know anyone who works in corrections Garrett? It's a very demanding and stressful job. My uncle suffered a short stint of alcholism because of the stress and had to quit the job after 15 years, it finally did him in. He's got problems now and it affected his family, but things are getting better now.
Not trying to turn this into a debate, just thought I'd mention it. I think what they are paid is worth it but I am biased.
As for the story, that is hilarious. I bet the prison will rethink shooting fricken music videos in a maximum security wing next time.
I work at a small software company and the Fulton County jail is one of our customers. As a part of my job, I have to visit the intake and booking areas in jails quite often. I can vouch that this place is a mess. I went to the Fulton County Jail booking area 2 days in a row earlier this year. I witnessed between 300 and 400 people just waiting to be processed. Some people had been waiting for 3 and 4 days. There was 1 guy that I noticed sitting in the exact same seat for 2 days.
There was an article in a local paper called Creative Loafing about the problems at the Fulton County Jail. In this article, 2 friends got drunk and got into a fight in a bar. They were arrested and sent to the jail. They never got booked before going in front of a judge. Everyone is supposed to be booked before going in front of a judge. The judge threw the case out, dropped the charges, and released them. At this point they thought they were going home soon. They were taken back to jail and stay there another 3-5 days before being released. They were also booked. I spoke to another jail administrator in the Atlanta area and he told me that a person is usually released within 15 minutes after a judge throws out a case. They keep them just long enough to hand back property and clothes.
The Fulton County jail is one place you don't want to get locked up in.
But remind me to ask the judge to be sent to Fulton should they ever apprehend me.
BS. Unless the job requirements included doing shots with the boss then no job ever drove anyone to alcoholism. "Stress" is an excuse used by anyone who ever got an addiction to alcohol, chocolate, pornography, cigarettes, cocaine, crack, or what have you.
The primary purpose of the Atlanta City Government is to function as an employment service, and to allow the local politicians to line their pockets, service to the residents is secondary (a distant second IMO). I live in downtown Atlanta and I love the city. However it's been evident for a long time that the local politicians care nothing about Atlanta.
My yearly sanitation bill just arrived, it's now $721 dollars, which means I'm paying $60/month for trash pickup (and that's only once per week service). I don't mind paying a premium for living intown, but it's frustrating when you pay through the nose and the service is so mediocre.
The scandal about the rap video is just the latest problem at the jail. The sheriff 'invested' several million tax dollars with a stock broker. This was own her own, with no oversight from anyone, she just sent the money to the broker. It was later announced that most of the money had been 'lost' in the stock market. You can pretty much guess that the sheriff and the broker pocketed part of it. Between the incompetence and sheer corruption, it's no wonder that so little is done for the taxpayers.
Of course, a the investigation showed that the guards involved in the video ha nothing to do with the person who escaped... although that doesn't make nearly as good newspaper headline.
And, like most situations like this, the person being blamed is an executive supervisor who had no idea that this was going on, didn't approve it and wouldn't have approved it. Not saying the jail system doesn't suck, as it obviously appears to-- but the results, media and fallout paint an interesting cause-effect structure that didn't necessarily exist...
I call BS on that. To state that stress is not a cause of alcoholism - or worse - is completely off base. It very much is just such a cause; in fact it is used as a tactic to weed out those "less desirable" for a particular job, function, etc. - and it is *very* effective. What do you think "pressure cooker" politics are all about, whether at the governmental level or at the business level? Or even at the homeowners association level? I know people who moved from one job at a facility to the exact same job at another facility - and their blood pressure dropped 40 points, from 170 to 130. That was a measurable fact. How do you think that person felt? How do you think the people around felt? What kind of reactions to everyday occurrences do you think were happening to this person? You're already keyed up - a bad day could kill you, quite literally. And all done with zero - zero - apologies. This person had a house, kids in college, older parents to take care of, etc. - d'ya think quitting might even have been an option? Probably not; equivalent jobs don't grow on trees. D'ya think that might cause people to take on alcohol?
We tend to joke about someone going "postal" - but the sad reality is that it happens. It might take the form of someone just driving their vehicle through the glass windows - and it might end up in a spate of killings. With that as an extreme - d'ya think perhaps people might instead take up drinking? drugs? smoking? pornography? I think it highly likely; those are all more acceptable excursions than what lies at the extreme.
So don't give us that BS. Yes, stress is often used as an excuse, but in as many or more cases it is *very* real.