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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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JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 02/06/10 - 05:26 pm
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oldenoughtoknowbetter, you

oldenoughtoknowbetter, you didn't offend me at all. Just stating a fact. Have a good weekend.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/06/10 - 08:35 pm
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Brad, you think it was an

Brad, you think it was an illegal beer joint huh? Come on, give me some credit. It was a pretty fancy club where I even had to wear shoes and a t-shirt. Yeah, I know enough to keep my mouth shut and do what the cop says. Knowing how to act probably saved me a few trips to jail, plus bad things happening to me in the Army. But I was much more in fear of someone in jail giving me a few bops than the cops. Some people are talking about putting prisoners in tents and all, but that’s not so bad. Since both of us were in the Army, you know you can live pretty well in a tent. It’s some of the people around that make it so hard in jail. Again, everyone is not an ax murderer, but there are enough bad ones to make a night in the "hotel" miserable.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/06/10 - 09:05 pm
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It is a study in psychology

It is a study in psychology the way, usually normal, God fearing conservatives will throw out constitutional rights or even moral qualities when it comes to confronting the “enemy.” Here we are talking about having prisoners being caned, flogged, hit over the head with batons and what have you. I know most of you really don’t mean it. It’s simply human nature to bad mouth the other side and act like the Fonz. I was going to let this thread slide, but since Brad got me into it, let me be my usual annoying self to the point most need anti-nausea medication when I bring up uncomfortable truths. It was said the prisoners were “gambling.” How? Any money or cigs in jail?

corgimom
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corgimom 02/06/10 - 09:37 pm
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Pom, they do, as best they

Pom, they do, as best they can. But do not think for one minute that people that are arrested for non-violent crimes aren't violent. Never think that. Ask anyone that has dealt with a drunk. Or a PCP user. Or any other type of person you can think of. Some of the people arrested for violent crimes have only done that once in their lives, and some of the people arrested for non-violent crimes have done hideous things.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/06/10 - 09:38 pm
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Riverman, prisoners will

Riverman, prisoners will gamble with anything. In many jails and prison, the currency is postage stamps. Or food.

tjd
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tjd 02/06/10 - 09:45 pm
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Ibet they betten jolly

Ibet they betten jolly ranchers on the superbowl.

tjd
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tjd 02/06/10 - 09:47 pm
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no tv on lockdown i bet

no tv on lockdown i bet theywill be fightn again 2moro
. lol

tjd
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tjd 02/06/10 - 09:57 pm
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The ones on the 6th floor are

The ones on the 6th floor are the badest of the bad.

mieshel
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mieshel 02/07/10 - 12:22 am
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Brad if 31 inmates jumped

Brad if 31 inmates jumped three officers in an Atlanta jail guess what? Atlanta would have three officers with the same injuries or worse!...Richmond County need more trained Correction Officers..They should have let them played cards, as soon as one wouldn't pay up then that's one less to worry about!

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 02/07/10 - 08:00 am
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Southernguy - if you have

Southernguy - if you have worked in jails and knew your job and all the laws it entails then I don't think you would have made some of the comments that you did. I usually agree with you but can't this time. I think most are confusing jail with prison where everyone is convicted.

The jails are constrained by 3 things. 1) The US Constitution 2) current laws and 3) court decisions.

A jail (for the most part) is a holding facility for those awaiting trial and those awaiting prison. There are a few misdemeanor sentenced inmates sprinkled around. The majority are those awaiting trial.

Those awaiting trial are not yet guilty of anything and cannot be made to do forced labor. They can be required to clean up their own cell and common areas.

You can't keep them in a cell 24/7 unless they prove (individually) to be combative or destructive. And even then the courts say they have to have "exercise" opportunities. That doesn't mean weights and basketball and that kind of stuff but the opportunity to keep muscles in working order. It is cruel and unusual punushment to strap someone down for weeks at a time so that when you let them up they can't walk any more due to muscle deterioration.

And since the majority are awaiting trial you have to give them something to do like read books, watch tv and play games. If you don't then the ONLY thing they have to do is f--- with the officers.

The RCSO is different in their philophecy of running the jail. They don't have direct (but do have indirect) supervision. Meaning there is not a deputy in their housing unit with them 24/7 to supervise the activities. When there is a problem in the housing unit there isn't a deputy right there to defuse it. Instead the one observing from outside has to call others when there is a problem and by the time they get there it is already hard to manage.

The other thing that sets RCSO apart is that they let inmates have cash money on them. That makes the gambling way more tangible than if they were wagering a honey bun or bag of chips.

Son of God
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Son of God 02/07/10 - 10:29 am
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I am grateful that no one got

I am grateful that no one got killed and they all will live no matter who is who. God loves everyone. God has no respect of persons. There are so many comments here. Some are irate with the sheriff, some are irate with the officers, and some are irate with the prisoners. All things work together for the good for those who love the Lord and are be called according to His purpose. Who is without sin, please cast the first stone. If you have already casted your stone, repent and sin no more. we are all brothers and sisters in God's eyesight.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/07/10 - 11:43 am
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Seenit, you want to know how

Seenit, you want to know how to reduce the number of people in prison? Tell parents, "If you don't want your children to end up in prison, you need to teach them. Personal responsibility. Self control. Respect for others. Get an education. Work for things. Bad consequences for bad decisions. And, above all, don't think that you can live like a crazy wild-azz and think that your kids will turn out ok. And when people tell you that your kid is having behavior problems, be embarrassed and then correct your child, instead of getting huffy and offended. The world does not, and will not, ever think your child is wonderful like you do. And they have to function in society, if you don't teach them how to act, the penal system is waiting for them."

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K.Fair 02/16/10 - 12:46 am
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As a tax payer and a person

As a tax payer and a person that has broken some laws in my life and served my time for them .then basicly posted my own bond cause i was raised that way .The jail and school system is sad in the whole US. its not how u treat inmates for their crimes this is AMERICA AND IF IM WRONG aren't all jails over crowded and if inmates had something better to do like read a book if they had some or went to some sort of class maybe they won't be gambling or fighting officers of the law. Basicly two negatives don't make a positive. And for the record teen kids wouldn't be so criminal minded if u let their parents put them in their place and i don't mean timeouts but the old school way.

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