A reader sent us a link to a letter from Jon Ozmint to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Please read it. The letter demonstrates the problems with the federal government, influenced by the wireless industry and their lobbying dollars, encountered by corrections departments all over the nation.
Write this federal ass-clown a letter. Send copies to your elected representatives in Congress, to the Office of the President and to local and national media.
The reader who sent us that link also suggested we stop criticizing SCDC. Unfortunately we cannot honor that request at this time. We know there are honest, decent employees working for SCDC. We hear from them on a regular basis and they appreciate the assistance and the information we provide. They tell us it helps them to do their jobs and ultimately protects them. We honor requests for anonymity, so we don't publish the contents of those contacts.
Our sole criticism of SCDC stems from the stance taken very early on with regard to the information we were making public about prisoners and contraband. We have e-mails from quite a few citizens who called various facilities and e-mailed administrators at SCDC to alert them of the information on this blog. We even offered to provide SCDC with 'heads-up' alerts prior to publishing the information we found. Rather than accept the assistance we offered, SCDC chose to treat those citizens who contacted them as if THEY were the inmates. Interrogations over the telephone, accusations of being the power behind Charleston Thug Life (as if that were a crime), failure to reply to e-mails from citizens - all of these actions by SCDC are deserving of criticism.
Some citizens are afraid of being targeted, thus they have requested we not publish the information they send us. We scrupulously honor those requests, but rest assured we have that information on file.
Let us ask a simple question. You are a member of an organization with underpaid and overworked employees who work in dangerously understaffed facilities. Why on earth would you choose to treat a small army of citizens, working to provide you with loads of intelligence FOR FREE, like a bunch of criminals?
Answer that one, SCDC. Or maybe the Governor would like to stand up and give us an explanation. Either one would be good.