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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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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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What to do when your kid is a marijuana addict

Here’s a very interesting article by a former drug treatment counselor about what to do if you discover your kid is smoking pot.  As always, you should read the whole thing.  However, I will tell you the short version is not “send them to drug treatment.”  The author argues that if you send your kid […]

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Yes, they did.

There’s a piece (which I became aware of via Cold Fury) at the Washington Post in which Richard Cohen asks the question “Did Liberals get it wrong on crime?”  His lead paragraph: This is a good news, bad news column. The good news is that crime is again down across the nation — in big […]

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Discovering the premise was wrong won’t stop us from continuing to try to fix the problem by throwing money at it

“Poverty breeds crime” is one of those simple formulations that seems to be pretty much taken for granted.  Everyone knows it’s true, and it is one of the “givens” that we use, either directly or indirectly as a rationale for a variety of social programs.  Having spent 30 years working in corrections, one would think […]

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Spring Housecleaning, pt. 2

Since I’ve been tinkering tonight, I decided to go ahead and copy the Stupid Criminal tricks material to Ratlands.  There is a link in the sidebar now.  There are only 4 stories at the moment.  I remember that when I was writing them I had (and still have) several more in the works, but I […]

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