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Inmates should scrub county jail graffiti PDF Print E-mail

Letter to Editor:

Good grief, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read in the News-Review about the overtime costs at the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department.

The article said that the overtime was $140,667 over budget and indicated that 590 hours of overtime was worked. That comes to $238.41 per hour of overtime. Is this correct or am I missing something? If it is correct, where can I sign up. I want to work overtime!

In the same article, it was mentioned that $200,000

was needed to sand the graffiti off the walls so that the inmates could be held responsible for future damage.


I quote from the article, “Once it’s cleaned up, we can easily determine who is doing it and have them charged with criminal damage to property and seed restitution through the courts.”

A couple of questions are in order. If it is so easy to determine the offender, why wasn’t it done earlier and why can’t the inmate just be given a bucket and scrub brush and told when they are finished removing the graffiti that their next meal will be waiting for them?

I have never been incarcerated, but for about eight weeks in the early 1970s I was at boot camp in the Air Force which seemed like a prison to me, except they let us qualify with M16s.

If one of us would have been stupid enough to scrawl graffiti in the barracks and get caught, after we returned from the base clinic, (to remove the drill instructors boot from your behind), we would have been spot cleaning the entire barracks, not just the graffiti.

Maybe it’s not politically correct, but if these offenders had a few “boots in the behind” when they were younger, they might respect county property and maybe even not be inmates.

Dan Sauer

Land O’ Lakes

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:48 PM

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