Louisville Metro Corrections Does It Again

Remember the little mess Rick got into a couple months ago? The routine legal issue that landed him lost in the Louisville Department of Metro Corrections for nearly eighteen hours?

Read all about it here, here and here.

Remember the lines Chief of Metro Corrections Mark Bolton and his Spokesperson fed us at the time? That whole mess about how terribly sorry they were, they’re working to change things, it was a one-time incident?


Total bull.

I’ve given Metro Corrections ample time to respond and I’m writing this as promised.

Long story short: The exact same thing– seriously, exact same thing– is happening at this very moment. Not involving Rick, but another friend.

They were pulled over during a routine traffic stop in Louisville and arrested on an old traffic violation in Woodford County. (I’ve got a story about LMPD illegally searching the friend’s vehicle, but I’ll save that. But LMPD and Chief White should familiarize themselves with this Associated Press story and this New York Times article in the meantime.) And for the past six hours we’ve been given the run-around by Metro Corrections.

Suffice it to say there’s no way on earth the Clerk’s office and Metro Corrections ever communicate with each other. The different areas of Metro Corrections tell us different stories and give us the run-around/incorrect information and the Clerk’s office just laughs as they tell us another mouthful of incorrect information. After six hours of the run-around, though, what takes the cake? Being told that our friend will be in jail at least another six hours after we’ve posted their bond for processing and such. (As if every other time I call Metro Corrections I’m told they’re not at the jail wasn’t issue enough.)

Does this happen to every single individual who is arrested? Is everyone automatically locked up for an entire day for minor offenses? Does everyone get lost in the system? Why do we even have to ask these questions?

What a waste of public money. Metro Corrections has a lot of explaining to do. The entire department should without a doubt be swept clean. Starting with the older gentleman “working” the Exit Lobby desk who couldn’t be bothered to do much more than poke around on the internet.

We’re sure to have more on this story in six (or 10? 20?) hours. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Metro Corrections spokesperson tells me this sort of thing should take a few hours at most. We guess a few = 12 hours?

I can’t imagine what this is like for the average man or woman on the street who doesn’t have a medium to complain.

12 thoughts on “Louisville Metro Corrections Does It Again

  1. “Is everyone automatically locked up for an entire day for minor offenses?”

    “As for public concern, remember that every law on the books, every regulation, every line in the government codebook, is ultimately enforced by prison. The jail cell is the symbol and ultimate end of statism itself. It would be nice if we thought of the interests of the prisoners in society and those that will become so. But even if you are not likely to be among them, consider the loss of privacy, the loss of liberty, the loss of independence, the loss of all that used to be considered truly American, in the course of the building of prison nation. ”


    I still want to know why police were called to Rick’s place to begin with. Is he still not comfortable with spilling all the details?

  2. I’ll tell you why the police were assisting Rick as soon as his divorce is final. Privately, of course, as it’s not a public matter and has nothing to do with his story.

    They weren’t called to his home.

    You’ll just have to give him the courtesy of waiting for the entire story and the courtesy of privacy.

  3. The real issue here isn’t why Rick had the police called to his home. After all, anyone can call the police about anything and register a complaint. After all, it works well in a true snitch type of system to call the police to try to frame someone or allege them of some wrongdoing without any truth or justice. After all, that’s more of what the Karen Sypher case is about than just an alleged extortion.

    If the odds are against you and you can’t wiggle your way out of a situation, its always a good bet to try to accuse someone of something heinous no matter what the truth is or what you did to create an offense in the first place.

    I find it interesting that one can basically be accused or a minor offense against some law and then be held for a long amount of time for a routine legal matter. Not a violent crime, no a life threatening crime, or even something like having pot but just a small matter.

    The people running this ship in this city are incompetent and it is showing more every day. This city is turning corrupt and corruption breeds more corruption. Its time to start cleaning out the entire system and firing those individuals that cannot manage their jobs and do the right thing.

    To continue to let this decrepit administration continue is to keep having more and more injustices and wrongs perpetuated against the citizenry and taxpayers. As far as I am concerned there needs to be some mass firings of administration people and subordinates as well. Not because they are rocking the boat but some of the old cronies sitting around at the top.

    Keep fighting them Rick, we don’t always agree on issues but as far as I am concerned you are right about this last fiasco.

  4. Looks like we need a good housecleaning in local government from the top down. This is insane. PS, I will not visit the S and S club or whatever it is.

  5. This is EXACTLY the way Metro Corrections works every day. It’s ridiculous, too. It takes hours for them to do anything and if you ask them why it takes so long the answer will be “We’re on shift change.” And then it will take even longer because you were so bold as to question them. I see the system from inside the courthouse and you would not believe the difficulities we have with Metro Corrections. There are a great many incompetent people in this city and I think that most of them work for Metro Corrections.

  6. You know, I’m not certain it’s because people are incompetent. I think it’s because upper management is incompetent and/or completely corrupt.

    As someone who has been directly involved in the process two times in the past few months, I’ve seen first-hand how much difficulty the court and clerk’s office have with Metro Corrections. And first-hand how difficult it is to work with Metro Corrections as a common citizen on the street.

    Total clusterfuck.

  7. What it boils down to is that Metro Corrections keeps arrestees in custody far longer than necessary after bond is posted or a judge authorizes release. It should not take several hours. The paperwork is not complex. It’s a matter of receiving the proper release documents and giving the arrestee his/her personal belongings. I know it’s a busy place but it still should not be more than a couple of hours at most.

  8. “This year, more than 46,000 men and women will move through our facilities. They will interact with a well-trained staff committed to excellence” http://www.louisvilleky.gov/Corrections/

    jake- “As someone who has been directly involved in the process two times in the past few months, I’ve seen first-hand how much difficulty the court and clerk’s office have with Metro Corrections”

    “They were pulled over during a routine traffic stop in Louisville and arrested on an old traffic violation in Woodford County.”

    are you serious? you all are only 2 of 46,000..if more people would use there heads ( crazy idea i know) and stay out of jail (most repeat, like above statement) “the process” probly would go smoother and quicker.

  9. it’s corrections..nuff said
    You don’t get college graduates to work there unless they can’t get a job elsewhere and need to survive.
    corrections, state, cities or county is ran by policy and procedure and doesn’t rely on intelligence.
    for example i remember as a corrections officer years ago at the reformatory, i could not go into the wing to rouse out inmates for a count with the keys,i had to hold my set and the other officers’ set of keys while he went in. after he got them out i’m thinking to myself while on the outside of the wing with 36 guys behind me, what if they wanted to take the keys now (both sets …duh!!).
    another instance, is when we had an escape and we had dogs trace their scent to hwy 146 and lost the trail on the road, what does that tell the normal thinking person? he was either in cinncinatti or louisville laughing at us. they still set officers out in the woods to look for him. we knew he had placed a call about an hour before he followed the railroad tracks to the road (duh).
    so you see they’re civil servants that are not worried about customer sastifaction.

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