Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Hi all:

As some of you are probably already aware, I am in graduate school, working on my Masters of Public Administration. This is my final semester, and it has turned out to be the hardest and worst semester of my academic career.

Last night as part of my school assignments, my class and I along with our professor visited the Broward County Main Jail. To say the experience was interesting would not be enough of a description. That particular jail has the highest security level (tantamount to maximum security) in Broward.

We 'toured' the holding cells, the mental/medical ward, the juvenile cell, the male cells, the transgender cells, etc. The smell was bad, the walls and floors and furniture appeared in need of repair, but the aura of sadness at some places and complacency in others has drained me. I am so tired right now after seeing these men and boys in cells, shackled for transport or release, etc.

Inmates were laughing and talking on the payphones inside the cells. Visitors, there to see the kids graduate from the Bridges program, were by turns laughing and joking or quiet.

The corrections officers, some taking great pride in their work, have to deal with so much, with so few of them. The turnover rate at the jail is high, probably at most other jails too.

Anyway, it was an interesting experience. One I don't think I would want to go through again, nor would I in good conscience recommend it. But let me tell you, the images that movies provide is an understated view of what inside that jail was like. I would hate to see what the prisons really look like...

Anyway, until next time...


Amarinda Jones said...

Yep,I would reckon the tunover rate for staff in a jail is enormous. So, being the nosey person I am, what are you planning to do with the Masters?

PS - linking you to the Amarinda blog

Anika Hamilton said...

I'm not sure yet. Right now, I work at Broward County Main Library. I like some of what I do, and I like my boss.

I'm not sure I want to rock the boat right now, especially with the precarious nature of government employment with property tax amendments causing the biggest issues. I know even in the library where I work, staff are going to start losing their jobs.

To be honest for me doing this job that I semi like is okay. Because writing is what I absolutely love to do. And I will be able to do that more and more when school is over.

PS - Thank you for adding me. :-) I am adding a link to your blog as well

Amarinda Jones said...

Yeah - in the end a job is a job - a means to pay bills. I turn up to get paid and no other reason

Thansk for the link