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31 inmates take part in Richmond County jail fight

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A fight broke out at the Richmond County jail on Friday night after three deputy jailers confronted a group of inmates they caught gambling.

Thirty-one inmates were involved in the altercation about 7:30 p.m., and at least three deputies were taken to the hospital with injuries, though none were life-threatening, Sheriff Ronnie Strength said.

One deputy jailer had a broken nose, another had a broken rib or rib injuries and a third was stabbed in the face with a pencil.

"(The deputies) went in there to stop the gambling, and the inmates got mad and started fighting the officers," the sheriff said.

Additional officers from the uniformed force and special operations were called in to help, he said.

Half of the sixth floor, where the fight occurred, was on lockdown Friday night, Strength said. That means the prisoners remained locked in their cells with no visitors allowed and no privileges.

Charges against the inmates are pending a discussion with the district attorney, but Strength said he expected those charges to at least include felony obstruction of law enforcement officers.

He said it's hard to say what could have prevented the fight.

"These things happen," he said. "You're dealing with a criminal element, and they do not care."

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fishman960
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fishman960 02/06/10 - 09:51 am
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At G.D.C.C. I was in a

At G.D.C.C. I was in a cellblock with a hundred other men. Everything is in the open, the showers, the commodes, everything. First thing they do is strip you of your dignity. Privacy is no longer an option.

Runner46
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Runner46 02/06/10 - 09:52 am
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We really cannot blame the

We really cannot blame the inmates for being upset about the deputies breaking up their weekly Friday night game, can we? After all, what is there to do when you are in jail besides hang out? We really cannot expect prisoners to forgo their accustomed life style for rules, can we? Oh, I forgot. That's why they are prisoners. They could not conform to society's rules!

Hoser
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Hoser 02/06/10 - 09:59 am
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Send those punks (yes, that's

Send those punks (yes, that's all they are is punks) down to MCRD Parris Island for 13 weeks. Let's see how big & bad they think they are after that!

fishman960
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fishman960 02/06/10 - 10:01 am
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Y'all have never heard of the

Y'all have never heard of the boot camp for drug offenders? 90 days, intense treatment.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/06/10 - 10:08 am
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SMITHA, but there is usually

SMITHA, but there is usually only one true story.

fishman960
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fishman960 02/06/10 - 10:10 am
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National Geographic did a

National Geographic did a yearlong study of G.D.C.C. and one or two more prisons. It's called "hardtime" and I advise anyone that hasn't seen it to watch it. Very enlightening. Might have to go to their website to view it, don't know if it is on the channel still.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/06/10 - 10:12 am
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cakewalk30904, take a close

cakewalk30904, take a close look at my Avatar, I have seen many unfair s in our judicial system. It still is the best in the world.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/06/10 - 10:32 am
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seenitB4, Pain and

seenitB4, Pain and humiliation is the most effective way to deal with humans that refuse to obey the laws of our nation. I have been in countries and have seen how effective this is against crime. Lost of one finger for any level of robbery, Hand cut off at wrist for 2nd offense, (done in public). Very very few 3rd offense. Rape, castration in public view. Very few rapes. The prisons house only the ones for murder waiting execution. (Very low cost and overhead to maintain prisons).
They don't have the ACLU or Bleeding heart groups there either. Sounds inhuman but it works very well.

fishman960
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fishman960 02/06/10 - 10:41 am
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George, I feel those are

George, I feel those are effective deterrents also. The only problem is that here we cannot go back to those methods. Whats done is done and there is no turning back.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/06/10 - 10:47 am
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Prison fights break out over

Prison fights break out over nothing. A whole lot of the inmates are 1)mentally ill 2) drug addicts that are in withdrawal 3) vicious, violent people, in or out of prison or 4) some combination of 1, 2, or 3.

fishman960
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fishman960 02/06/10 - 10:50 am
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Or they embezzled monies from

Or they embezzled monies from the state...

fishman960
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fishman960 02/06/10 - 10:52 am
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Corgi, just out of curiosity

Corgi, just out of curiosity what group would you put Walker, Williams and Shrenko in?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/06/10 - 11:09 am
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George I have to say U have

George I have to say U have been around... So what countries did U see most of that?? I know it would work here esp. castration in public,,hands cut off,,sometimes we just don't know how mild it is here compared with other places.

seabiscuit1
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seabiscuit1 02/06/10 - 11:30 am
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yes, criminals should be

yes, criminals should be punished, but not brutalized like many are in federal prisons all over the country. these people are coming out again and with no rehab in prison and treated like an animal, no wonder 85% of them will be shopping with you at your local grocery store in a few years. not everyone in prison is guilty, e.g. they let out 400 inmates since DNA was introduced and found them not guilty of crimes they spent 5-40 yrs. behind bars and some executed. many still in jail. don't pamper them, but treat them as human beings. visit your local jail or prison before you mouth off about what some of these prisoners deserve. some do, but REMEMBER the ones who died and they were innocent.

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CobaltGeorge 02/06/10 - 11:41 am
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seenitB4 Upper regions of

seenitB4 Upper regions of Thailand, and countries where Americans like me was not suppose to be in at that time, Laos - Cambodia. Most of these practices have been stopped and their crime rate have sky rocketed in the past decade.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/06/10 - 11:51 am
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seabiscuit1, I maybe wrong

seabiscuit1, I maybe wrong saying this, but I get a feeling you may be one of the candle light holders at every execution for a person that has killed someone and was proven beyond a doubt that he was guilty. Don't get me wrong, there are/have been incident human in prison for crimes that they have not committed. The percentage is much lower today than it was a decade ago.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/06/10 - 11:53 am
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SMITHA ?

SMITHA ?

fishman960
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fishman960 02/06/10 - 12:43 pm
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My family has an important

My family has an important jury trial coming up. We know this person is guilty of his crime. These were three family members and anything that has been suggested here today will never be good enough for this criminal. It's a little different when it hits so close to home. http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2008/02/10/met_186851.shtml

oldenoughtoknowbetter
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oldenoughtoknowbetter 02/06/10 - 12:07 pm
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JohnQ, I used that song to
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JohnQ, I used that song to describe how the prisoners should feel while they are in jail. The actual feeling of being in a situation you have no control over and working like an animal while you're there. A humbling experience. I admire your Dad and others like him who risk life and limb in the coal mines every day. I didn't mean to offend you. Sorry!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/06/10 - 12:17 pm
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fish, do you have a trial

fish, do you have a trial date yet? A lot of you folks would gain a lot if you just had time to view this trial. You may get a better outlook on the laws and system that we live under. Sorry Fish, Been there.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/06/10 - 12:19 pm
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It would be interesting to

It would be interesting to hear the views of Commissioner Matt Aitken on this subject.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/06/10 - 12:21 pm
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TNTHOMSON, Tried to make

TNTHOMSON, Tried to make contact with you yesterday, a fellow ASA. My ghost email is cobaltgeorge1@yahoo.com. Let me know if you email me.

fishman960
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fishman960 02/06/10 - 12:22 pm
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No date yet. The case mgmt.

No date yet. The case mgmt. search on the city's website is the place to find out what's happening

tres257
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tres257 02/06/10 - 12:33 pm
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i bet the video surveillance

i bet the video surveillance footage was entertaining

fishman960
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fishman960 02/06/10 - 12:40 pm
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Hey Zoe. I've lived both. On

Hey Zoe. I've lived both. On the street you don't know where your next meal is coming from or who is going to abuse you next. In prison, you at least get those things. They will protect you if you ask. On the street without any money or a source of income is worse than prison. IMO.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 02/06/10 - 12:50 pm
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Never lived on the street,
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Never lived on the street, but have worked in jails. The only thing most of these dirtbags understand is harsh discipline and hard work. Put them in chain gangs, make them cut weeds, pick up trash, and clear ditches for 8 hours and they won't have the energy to get into fights and injure deputies. Take away all luxuries such as tv time, smoking, and visits by family and friends until they have earned them. Sound hard as stone? Good!

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pommom38 02/06/10 - 01:38 pm
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I know space is a most

I know space is a most precious commodity in our prison systems, but did no one think of this before?? Why house less violent, minor crime's, in the same area as more violent one's? They don't do it in prison, so why is jail different?

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Brad Owens 02/06/10 - 03:32 pm
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RM1, give me a break. You

RM1, give me a break. You know I am not saying that someone caught a a illegal beer joint, like you were, should be flogged. But the OWNER of that illegal beer joint should have been. If you don't think givving someone a few 'bops' as they call here in SL, helps cure rowdy behavior amongst those in a riot, you haven't seen the right folks giving bops. I have seen interrogations here where suspects were just touched in the chest with a rifle butt, and they split the beans. Told it ALL! Turned em' ALL IN! and led the police to the stolen goods. The man was not hurt, but the threat was real enough for the guy to spill his guts with everyone watching, including the other suspects. Once the guy spilled his guts, they all did and no one was hurt. BUT, without the THREAT of ACTUAL arse whuppings, not one would say anything. Kinda like our system. I am not saying we should flog folks who get a parking tickect but prisoners in riot? Why not calm them down by trying to break that baton over their heads if you can? I bet you would not have participated in a riot during that nite you spent in the 'cooler'...or would you?

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devgru1 02/06/10 - 03:40 pm
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Jail is not a country club to

Jail is not a country club to a normal individual. It is to the criminal element because of the way they live in general. Certain "things" must be provided to those who are incarcerated because of the politically correct. Unfortunately, to make it hard on the criminals would make things seem abusive to the rest of the politically correct population. Do away with the politically correct in this country and you will do away with crime, because the criminals wouldn't want to be in jail in the first place, making it work the way it is supposed to.

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disssman 02/06/10 - 03:49 pm
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Devgru the only way to get

Devgru the only way to get rid of the P.C. crowd is to elect a dictator who would abolish all laws. Not sure we want that. So until we elect a dictator, we will continue to elect lawyers who twist the laws to accomidate their fellow practioners in court. Keeps them all well employed and wealthy.

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