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Weekend Roundup

I install house arrest ankle bracelets part time on the weekend.  If I’ve had a particularly unusual day, I send an email to the boss on Sunday night so he knows what he’s walking into on Monday morning.  It also gives me a chance to vent a bit.  Here’s an excerpt from tonight’s email: Ok […]

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When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro, v4 (I think)

Long time readers of Ratlands may have noticed that as I’ve gotten further away from my last job and my health has improved, I have begun defining myself as a “former corrections professional.”  Maybe not in so many words, but the intent was there.  I realized that I didn’t miss it and eventually decided I […]

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Quote of the Day

From MArooned, in a comment on a story about the consequences of Los Angeles County handing out badges to politicians: Nice. Real nice. For some bizarre reason, the police decided to hand out badges to politicians. Why? I don’t know; maybe they ran out of chainsaws to give to toddlers… If you don’t read Jay […]

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James Q. Wilson

James Q. Wilson died last week.  Those of you that know me from my former employment may remember that I used to quote James Q. Wilson when I was talking about “broken windows theory.”  Wilson’s article in the Atlantic Monthly in 1982 (read it here) was incredibly influential.  Pat Moynihan is reported to have once […]

Every day, in every way, we’re getting better and better

And we know this because the impending sense of doom is only intolerable today, instead of completely unbearable.  Because the idea of putting one foot in front of the other in a connected effort to slog through the day brings only a grimace and a groan instead of random bouts of uncontrollable weeping and hysterical […]

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Some things are just wrong

And then there’s people like me… Today I was talking with one of my co-workers.  She was telling me that she had just gotten word that one of her clients in a residential placement had just gotten in trouble.  The story, as it was told to her: The client threw something at a staff member […]

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In which Cziltang gets what he asked for and an opportunity to pretend to be a normal person

I had intended to pick up regular posting a few weeks ago, but I’ve been trying to get my head around some impending changes here in the Ratlands.  I’ve been trying to decide what to say, and have been having a hell of time, partly because I’m not sure exactly what I think, and partly […]

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Apropos of my work

A lot of people a lot of the time think folks who work in work release type facilities are engaged in an adversarial relationship with our clients.  Perhaps that is sometimes true.  Perhaps it is true more often than we, ourselves, would like to believe.  Still, most of us really do want our clients to […]

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Or maybe it’s my job to know…

According to this little test I know so much about drugs I’m, well… – Identify The Drug

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A public service announcement

OK, not exactly.  But, it is information you might be interested in. (I haven’t heard of any instances around the general Ratlands area, but then again, I don’t pay much attention to the local news, as I don’t (usually) care about what passes for news on the local TV stations and I really don’t care […]

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