We first blogged about the three inmates who were accidentally released over a week ago. We have not heard anything on the news from the sheriff's office in regards to these inmates, nor have we heard if the inmates had been re-arrested.
Accidents do happen. We believe contributing factors for this release is a lack of training, lack of adequate corrections officer on duty, exhaustion, overwork, and under paid employees are being forced in less than acceptable work conditions.
Instead of knee jerk reactions during events such as this the sheriff could make corrective actions and ensure that all employees receive adequate pay for their work.
Sheriff Franklin could afford to train, promote, pay, and manage her resources if she was a good steward of the MCSO resources.
On yet another note, the deputies, corrections officers, clerks and general staff are damn sick and tired of the posse scene, special events, and more BS that they feel is required of them. They want to be law enforcement officers and employees instead of playing horse and pony day after day, month after month, and year after year.
At this point it is hard to understand how the sheriff will ever be able to pay back the employees who claim that they have been short changed in their pay checks for the past four years. How do you do that? How do you put good men and women on the front line without adequate pay? How do you place corrections officers in constant danger without adequate staffing? How do you place inmates in the same situation with untrained corrections officers tazing inmates down on the ground and compliant? How do you promote the female corrections officer to the second floor of the sheriff's office while forcing the male corrections officer to resign or be fired? At least we know the answer to this question. In the case of Andrea Whisenant Rutherford, Whisenant married the nephew of Larry Berzett. As we said before it isn't what you know it is who you know.