Behind the Wheel Behind Bars

June 27, 2013 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I’m not going to leap to any conclusions about the work release inmate who, it appears, was responsible for the crash Tuesday night that killed Joyce Meeks. Few details have been released, and I’m sure much more investigation will go on. That’s all expected.

What I don’t presently understand is why the Department of Correctional Services won’t release information about their own policies about work release inmates. It makes sense that they won’t release information about the driver or why he was behind the wheel; that’s all pertinent to an ongoing investigation. But general policies are public information and they should be released immediately, if not made available permanently via the web. Even if the policies were followed, and even if the policies are perfectly sane, the act of “hiding” them does nothing but increase mistrust among the public and, importantly, the media.

In general, information is good. Sitting on important details just makes people nervous. I wish more individuals, organizations, and government bodies would understand that.

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Fletch June 27, 2013 at 3:02pm

I don’t know the details, but I am puzzled as to how this can happen. There are so many more questions than answers at this point.

I said it yesterday, and will say it again. This has “huge lawsuit” written all over it, and someone’s going to get paid. That won’t bring back the victim. My thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.

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