I seriously doubt that the county contracted for inadequate amounts of inedible food. What I find most interesting is that the bloggers who routinely find evidence of corruption in every government transaction, are not demanding a full accounting of how our tax money is being spent or accusing any county official of receiving kickbacks from the deal. Instead, they are happy to be ripped off, just as long as the prison inmates suffer from the cruel, if not so unusual, punishment.
In another thread in this same issue of the Indy, and on this same blog, is a report of a study conducted in prisons with real inmates that indicates a link between poor diet and violence. Unless you were being sarcastic, you indicated in the comments section that you agreed with that finding, Mr. Tannim, before you wrote your comment for this piece. Somehow, you failed to put the two reports together.
The cost of hiring extra guards to handle violent prisoners far outweighs the cost of a nutritious diet. And, if you are interested in reforming prisoners, providing a good diet is a good start.
They're inmates, which means that they are not deserving of what they consider to be "good food". If they wanted good food, they they shouldn't have landed their butts in jail in the first place.
They ought to be lucky that they aren't getting Hawkeye Pierce's "river of liver and ocean of fish." Or Soylent Green.
Boohoo. Supposed to be jail. A reminder that you dont want to come back. Sheriff Elder is running his agency efficiently despite constant cuts to law enforcement. You should be pleased with his ability to work within a tight budget and saving law abiding tax payers money.
Asher, is it your job to blow every CSIndy story out of proportion? If you're not Sheriff Maketa with a different user name you might actually have what it takes to become Chief Editor at the Independent; since they enjoy blowing everything out of context (proportion, i.e. Trump).
Sorry, but this story reads as sour grapes from Aramark over losing their long-term deal. It would be wise to keep the prison population well-fed in order to reduce their overall angst, but you shouldn't lose sight of the fact that this is a jail and not a resort.
This is the second big story involving lawyers (see past articles on Terry Malcom). It seems like the profession as whole and state legislatures needs to implement some rules that prohibit lawyers from taking custody of client money. Really they should not have to touch client money.
It has become pretty clear since Elder took office in 2015, that Sheriff Elder doesnt care about the safety of our deputies and the support staff working the floors at CJC. He doesnt care about the Patrol deputies on the streets risking their lives every day. He doesnt even care about the inmates serving time in our correctional facility. It is a disgrace that he and Command Staff are willingly standing by and allowing this to happen. What they are doing DOES NOT define leadership. It is a shame that no matter how many complaints are made or proof is shown, the so-called leadership of El Paso County DOES NOTHING to correct it. All they do is play their blame games, resort to their diversion tactics, or just blatantly ignore the problem hoping it will go away. This is another reason why so many dont stand up and say something. They know if they do, they will be black listed and their pleas will go unanswered.
El Paso County Government, to include the Sheriffs Office, has become a laughing stock in this community. They turn a blind eye to Elder's corruption, his discrimination against women, the promotion of sexual harassment in the workplace, the support of sexual predators (i.e. Commander Rob King and Lt. Bill Huffor), the engagement in financial impropriety, the list goes on. And now as taxpayers, employees of El Paso County, and members of this community we get to keep adding to that list, but see our Commissioners doing nothing about it. When will it end? Does something so bad have to happen before our Commissioners stand up and hold Sheriff Elder accountable? We have inmates that are deliberately being malnourished, deputies being put in unsafe and deplorable conditions, but yet Elder sits up in his Ivory Tower just laughing. Does someone need to die or be beaten so badly as a result for someone to actually stand up and defend us?
It is worth noting that what they have done with the food contract and taxpayer General Fund and 1A money that is being used to pay for it is blatant financial malfeasance and nonfeasance by an Elected Official (or in other words, financial wrongdoing and misconduct, but also the failure to perform an official duty). Lets not forget that simple procurement policies have been violated as well.
We see it every day! When will it end? When will the Commissioners "grow some balls" and hold Elder and his clan of cronies accountable?
They all suck! The sheriff should get someone to go undercover into the kitchen as a trustee and report what the hell is going on! I can guarantee you that it's not good! At $1.01 per meal you can't feed folks well enough especially with these large greedy corporate assholes. I could go and run that kitchen at $1.45 a meal and be over the 3,000 calories easily with good food not that dog chow they try to serve. Let's not forget that a well fed inmate is a happier inmate. I've talked about this for years but they need to get a large greenhouse on site raise chickens etc it can be very affordable and healthy. I've been in thst facility a few times and it's always been horrible. I could fix it in 2 weeks period
My only Son was taken away from ne when he was eight years old by the Colorado Sorings Judicial System, corrupt GAL, Attorneys abd Judges! This happened in 1992! After my Son returned from visiting his Father fir the Summer, he had nightmares and tried to molest the neighbor girl! Thus happened when he was 5! I took him to a counselor and he disclosed to her that horrible things that his father and new girlfriend had done to him! The GAL Marcy Gouge convinced the judge that i had brain washed my child! I lost custody and they sent my Son to live with his Father permanently! I was never proven to have harmed my child in anyway! I fled with him to protect him but was caught two years later and charged with Felony Kidnapping of my own child! He is 30 years old now! He doesn't work, he uses drugs and he is terrified to leave! DHS destroyed my entire family to line their pockets with money! I need an attorney with guts! I want to sue each person involved, dhs, el paso county and the City! Because now my son can tell the story as an aadult. I was unaware that this injustice wad still occuring here! I though it was just those people that were involved then!
My name is Jessica and I went to school with Dee. She was one of my best friends. I am truely sorry for what has happened not only to Dee but also her family. My heart to this day is filled with sadness, over losing a great and beautiful friend that I have ever known. She would give you the shirt off her back if ever you needed anything. Always had a wonderful smile on your face. Dee will always be in my heart and greatly missed. Friends 4ever, Jessica
I am so thankful for Andrew Wommack and his boldness to speak the truth in love. I listen to him daily and I do not pay a thing for it. Having said that, I tithe to my local church...but I am being led to give offerings to this awesome ministry that God is blessing so obviously. I totally believe his testimonies about supernatural provision such as gas in his tank. I have had miracles such as this myself. But then, I believe God's Word and it operates by our faith. I know that is challenging for you that don"t live by faith but you will have to take that up with God. He is your real issue here, not Andrew. God Bless this ministry in 2017 as I know He is. We love you Andrew.
Bookmarked! It's nice to see a friendly organization in an all-to-infrequently friendly world.
It is always a great feeling to find organizations that support the LGBTQ community. One of my favorites is the Pikes Peak Derby Dames. They are a women's flat-track roller derby team that is, not only inclusive of any and all woman, but also transgender females and anyone identifying as being LGBTQ. Recently they held a Skate-a-thon that raised money for Inside/Out! They are truly a remarkable group of ladies.
I am looking forward to reading this column regularly!! Finally!
Thanks so much for wanting to help. There are so many worthy nonprofits in our community. Many of them are a part of our Indy Give! campaign (https://indygive.com/nonprofits/) this year and I know they would use your gift wisely. Catholic Charities (http://www.ccharitiescc.org/) is also a great local nonprofit that was willing to help us with this story and that provides a lot of our needy neighbors with the basics, such as hot meals.
Thank you for the article and photographs. If the public reads this and wants to help in some way, what would you suggest?
SOAR Caseworkers work with homeless individuals to help them apply for Social Security disability benefits. We advocate for & journey with our clients during the initial & recon applications. Your state Coalition to End Homelessness should be able to direct you to them. If you don't have a SOAR Program - your area needs one!!!
Thank you for doing this article. I was homeless for years here, until finally getting SSI with the help of others. I'm no longer homeless, but their plight remains in my heart, as it will throughout the rest of my life.
More stories, showing that many homeless are NOT drug-addicts or leeches are in dire need. Far too many folks are getting ignored and left behind, because of the idea that they are all lost causes or worse.
Thank you for helping to humanize my brothers & sisters...for who else will?
January 2027: The world finally realizes that the entire AGW argument was nothing more than an elaborate hoax put forth by scheming liberals to do nothing more than achieve their ultimate goal of planetary enslavement under the liberal socialist political mantra, plunging the entire world into poverty and repression in the name of the liberal religious cult of scientism known as AGW, all to satisfy some elaborate and completely false narrative that somehow they know what's best, when in fact, they don't know Jack Schitt.
What a glorious mountain of a hot mess of AGW garbage!
Here's the reality: the climate of the planet, like everything else natural in the known universe, oscillates in sine waves. Right now it happens to be on a relative upcurve of that specific wave for climate. But it isn't linear, and it will peak soon, if it hasn't already, and then it will decline again, as it always does.
And there isn't a darn thing the human insect can do about it one way or another. The laws of nature will cause its own adjustments, not because of humans, but in spite of them.
But such reality is just completely destructive to the huge egos and smugness of the irrational and incorrect liberal mindset that they and only they in their alleged superior mindset can solve the problems that the allegedly lesser minds of non-liberals have caused. The reality is that the liberals don't know squat because they arrive at their analysis with pre-ordained conclusions based on fallacious reasoning and emotive nonsense, then Finagle the data to fit that pre-ordained conclusion instead of actually see what the full data actually says--and it says that their conclusions are simply FOS.
Ghandi said, " I like your Christ. Your Christians, not so much."
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