Sunday, July 17, 2011

Leaving Jail at Midnight

Casey Anthony walked out of jail at 12:14 A.M. a free woman under heavy guard (armed with semi-automatic rifles) Sunday, facing shouts of "baby killer" from a heckling crowd only days after a nation in rapt attention watched as she was acquitted of murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

In the short period I worked at the Wicomico County Jail I was surprised they release prisoners that finished their sentence at midnight. Their sentences expired at midnight, but still with normal government bureaucracy you would think they really wouldn't be released until "Normal" business hours. As someone who had not been involved in incarnation work issues before it was interesting that their clothing and possessions they came in with, are return and usually they leave jail with them in a trash bag. There were some odd cases where people who were put in jail in the summer wearing tee shirt, shorts and sandals were released in January and given those same tee shirt, shorts and sandal back to dress in and venture out at midnight in the winter. Some assholes had the clothing they were jailed in released to their friends or family so when they are released and return their jail uniform they were dressed only in their underwear and a pair of rubber sandals they had purchased while in jail. If you are riding down Naylor Mill Road shortly after midnight and see people walking carrying trash bags you can guess that they are ex-prisoners.

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