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?
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?
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.