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    When inmates put in formal requests to stay in longer because jail is looking better than the outside world.

    PORTSMOUTH — Al Wright has seen inmates act up to avoid being released during the harsh New Hampshire winters, but it was only recently the 28-year corrections veteran got two letters from individuals politely requesting an extended stay behind bars.

    Wright, the superintendent of Rockingham County House of Corrections, says spending time in his jail isn't fun, but he isn't surprised that a tough economy has some inmates reluctant to be released during a time when jobs are few and temperatures are dropping.

    The jail superintendent said he recently received letters from two inmates requesting they be kept in jail despite them having served out their court-ordered sentences.

    Wright said the letters essentially asked: "Can I stay the winter?"

    "My take on it is the economy is dumping so far that jail isn't looking as bad," Wright said.

    Wright said the inmates requesting an extended stay at the Brentwood facility have been denied.

    "It's not a homeless shelter. I can only hold people on legal orders from the court," he said.

    Wright has worked in corrections for 28 years and said it isn't uncommon for some inmates to try and avoid release directly before or during winters that present challenges for those who often have little or no money, few family connections and a criminal record that makes it more difficult for them to gain employment.

    "They have it against them to start with because they have a misdemeanor or felony (on their records)," Wright said.

    The superintendent said inmates will sometimes violate jail rules in an attempt to avoid being released, but he said the two who recently wrote him letters appear to be part of a new population who are taking a more direct method of trying to stay behind bars.

    Wright said media accounts of the two inmates who wrote letters have led some to question if his prison is too easy on those serving time on criminal convictions.

    He said his jail is anything but "soft," but noted state law requires all corrections departments to provide for basic human needs.

    Wright said the 350 inmates at Rockingham County jail get a roof over their head, three meals a day and a clean place to stay while they are prepared for reintroduction into society.

    He said the above amenities in jail are basic, but are probably viewed as a better alternative to living on the streets — especially during winter.

    "It's not a desirable place where the average person would want to live, but (the jails) are clean, safe, well-lit and very modern compared to when I started," Wright said.

    The superintendent said Rockingham County works with inmates to help them become self-sufficient once they are released with programs designed to help find them shelter, work and assure they are getting substance abuse treatment.

    However, he said some inmates prefer the relative safety of being in jail until warmer weather returns as being free presents no guarantees.

    Wright said he anticipates seeing more of the same thing if the economy continues to slump.
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  • #2
    We used to have a couple of different homeless guys who would commit some minor misdemeanor offense in September/October (that's when it starts getting COLD around here) then plead guilty in exchange for 4 to 6 months in jail. They'd get out just in time for the spring warm-up.
    Originally posted by kontemplerande
    Without Germany, you would not have won World War 2.

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    • #3
      Warm bed, three meals, sex whenever someone else wants...whats not to like? + you get cable.

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      • #4
        The homeless like to break a window if they are cold an hungry. Get a MM and a hot and a cot for the night.
        "Naw officer, I was hanging with my cousin"

        "Sooo, real cousin or play cousins ?"

        Originally posted by JasperST
        I'm thinking a battalion of menstruating bearded women could kick some serious booty!

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        • #5
          There's also the option of the five magic words, which is also pretty popular:

          "I want to kill myself"
          When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigor.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by OrlandoExp103 View Post
            There's also the option of the five magic words, which is also pretty popular:

            "I want to kill myself"
            I work at an ER and I see this a lot. You can't be discharged from psych without a place to stay so they are there for a while.
            Support bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.

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            • #7
              That line will only get you a trip to the ER and several hours of waiting. Other than that, your outta there, unless you are really a threat, then they will still release you.
              Being a good street cop is like coming to work in a wet suit and peeing in your pants. It's a nice warm feeling, but you're the only one who knows anything has happened.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mikeymedic View Post
                Warm bed, three meals, sex whenever someone else wants...whats not to like? + you get cable.
                HAHAHA nice.
                "Its not what you know, its what you can prove."-Training Day

                "Game on, bitches. Whoop whoop, flash the lights, pull it over."

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