Emails and phone calls have been rolling in regarding the jail and possible bias in media coverage of the jail. This comment was received today, in response to the article in the paper about the Animal Center requesting a budget increase. People are questioning why it appears that only the state felons were doing the inmate labor.
“That is soooo typical.
It was only the state felons who fed and walked dogs and cleaned kennels who got pulled. And there are no others left in the jail who can do this!
It will end up with a “series” of articles on the awful impact of having fewer inmates in the jail.
So crime and an overcrowded jail are the keys to Blount’s budget?
You depend on crime and state felons to fund your budget and provide labor.
Your 400 “other” inmates can’t/won’t pick up the slack?
The animal shelter can’t find any other inmates in a 400-person facility to clean kennels and walk and feed dogs?”
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