Thursday, July 15, 2010

This Just In! Jails Are Dangerous!

Los Angeles, CA

L.A. jails have a lot of ways to keep track of their inmates. K codes, for example, are designed to show who prisoners should be allowed to interact with. Inmates testifying against other inmates get K-2, the one he's testifying against gets K-3, gay inmates get K-11 and so on.

Lonnie Franklin Jr, the Grim Sleeper suspect, is K-10, which keeps him away from everybody else because of the risk that he'll be assaulted. Gets to wear a snazzy red wristband, too. Red V, probably, for a noteworthy inmate.

In reality that doesn't always work so well.

Last night he was assaulted by another K-10 inmate, Antonio Rodriguez, who was convicted of sexually assaulting and killing a 5-year-old girl. He broke free of the deputy escorting him while he was being handcuffed, ran over to Franklin and beat the crap out of him.

Here's what I want to know. Why?

Professional jealousy? He got one and Franklin got 10? It's okay to rape and kill children, but shooting hookers is just so gauche? He gets prison props for beating on a slightly overweight, 51-year-old, bug-eyed serial killer?

Now in any fight we're often drawn to one side or the other. But this is kind of like watching Hitler and the Devil square off.

How about we toss them into The Octagon with a couple of lead pipes? Whoever gets out, well, we tell them that they go free, but really we just shoot them.

Who's with me?

1 comment:

Kerry said...

I think you're on to something, Stephen. Pay-per-view revenue would do a lot to bolster those sagging county revenues, and the family, relatives, and deputies could all weigh in with commentary about each, er, contestant.

Come to think of it, this concept has some legs. Written to Tony or Lee about this?