OC Jail’s Greatest Hits

Here are my favorite quotes from The OC Register’s article about the newly released grand jury transcripts regarding the brutal murder of John Derek Chamberlain.  There’s nothing quite like institutionalized homicide to brighten up your Monday:

 “Guards in charge of the barracks where Chamberlain was housed had not checked on the inmates for six hours before the slaying, although they recorded in the official log that they had made checks every 30 minutes. Sometimes the logs were prepared in advance of the shift. On the day Chamberlain died, the log was changed to reflect that he was not concerned for his safety.”

Isn’t it nice to know that if you ever enter the justice system that you are being so well cared for? Oh and then there’s the part where you know, there was a guard watching TV sixty-eight feet away while John was being beaten and kicked to death.  Oh and the part where the Sheriff’s Department did every thing in their power to slow-down, stop and hinder the grand jury’s investigation:

“Also, jurors found high-ranking sheriff’s officials were untruthful in their testimony, and offered forged documentation or no documents at all.”

Heartwarming no? This next one’s my favorite:

“Sheriff’s officials routinely disclosed inmate charges to the public at the time Chamberlain was assaulted. In fact, before his death, Chamberlain’s information had been given to as many as 10 anonymous callers.”

If you want the press and the public to go away, then just let it leak TEN TIMES that he was charged with possession of child pornography.  Because, you know, as far as the public is concerned, the death of pedophile is not really a death at all.  Whatever.

Kudos to TOCR for its excellent reporting.  You can read the full article here.

3 Comments so far

  1. ocwatcher on April 7th, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

    The entire report and DA summary is also posted at http://www.thecapistranodispatch.com


  2. Udayan Tripathi (udayan) on April 7th, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

    There’s definitely a disturbing attitude towards prisoners that is promulgated by mainstream media and by the penal system: that they are lower-than-human. And if they’re rapists and/or pedophiles? Not a chance of survival, and no hope of equal or fair treatment.

    Prisons may be understaffed, and when staffed, staffed by lazy and hateful people, but that’s not an excuse for this to continue happening, it’s a call to the world to try to combat it by increasing the quality of jails.

    Attributing this quotation to Gandhi apocryphally: Judge a nation by the quality of its jails.


  3. Dave Share (daveshare) on April 7th, 2008 @ 7:54 pm

    Working in the ER, we get a lot of the OC jail inmates. I NEVER want to be in there. I got to go in when I worked on the ambulance. The deputies that work there are major assholes. (I’ve met some nice ones, but VERY few) We’ve had more than one inmate show up in our ER dead due to overuse of tasers (sp??) and other instruments, and a lack of medical response by ANY of the jail staff.
    Ridiculous.



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