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Regional jail could create safety issues

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

Unless a regional courthouse adjacent to the proposed jail is also under consideration [“Give regional jail concept some thought,” SVM editorial, Jan. 23], the idea poses additional safety and security risks.

I’ve not met any in law enforcement who think moving “strays” around by vehicle is safer and less time-consuming than escorting them on a leash through an enclosed skywalk.

It is worth remembering that in 1997, six shackled inmates burned to death in a transport van in Tennessee. “Only 15 miles apart” may have unintended consequences.

If any new jail is eventually constructed, an outside yard should be part of the plan. Stuffing the “innocent until proved guilty” into cages for months and years without fresh air and sunshine is not only unethical, but also cruel.

Where are People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) when you need them?

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