Director of Corrections, Scott Frakes was asked if prison officials “should have known” something like this would happen, given that the prison is over capacity (and has had staffing issues). He responded:
“It’s easy after the fact to say we knew or should have known, because there’s always the potential for something bad to happen in a prison.”
Governor Ricketts, stepped up though and threw this out:
“Director Frakes was being polite but I’ll be more blunt. Those comment are irresponsible and Monday morning quarterbacking.”
Well, maybe there is some MMQing going on there.
But…after a PRISON RIOT…where TWO GUYS WERE MURDERED…when ALLLLLLLL anyone has been talking about for the past nine months is sentencing and prison overcrowding and new corrections policies and yadda yadda yadda…
YOU TALK ABOUT AND ASK THOSE QUESTIONS.
“Irresponsible” would be NOT asking those questions.
Irresponsible would be NOT suggesting that overcrowding is the cause.
Irresponsible would be to NOT ask if this should have been foreseen.
Now, of course, overcrowding may have had nothing to do with it. (The Director says it’s 60 people over capacity, and that is not “overcrowded”. He says that’s 106% or so. He’s the expert. It’s not 300%…)
But to not ask the question — or even to speculate — would be negligence on the part of the media.
Being alarmed at “tough” questions like this is what happens when one hasn’t had to deal with any tough questions in a while.
And kudos to the Gov for taking questions from reporters on other topics after they were done talking about the prison riot.
Though, frankly, this is one of those times where it probably would have been completely appropriate to restrict questions to that topic.
“Beef is Awesome Day” is when you can let things fly.
While overcrowding may or may not have been an issue in the prison riot, it is interesting that “staff retention” certainly IS an issue in Tecumseh.
“We’ve got some recruitment and retention issues in some locations.”
Well, one would think Tecumseh is one of them.
In my most recent podcast on The Wheels Down Politics Show, Tom Becka — now with KPTM Fox42 — talked about how he raced down to Tecumseh on Sunday night to witness what was going on.
Here’s a clip about one interesting thing he saw:
Becka notes that he saw signs where they are advertising for guards in Tecumseh.
Again, does this mean that this was a cause, the cause or not a cause? Don’t know. But it is certainly worth asking and pursuing.
In honor of the NBA Playoffs, we’ll call it Monday Morning Point-Guarding…
Senator Deb Fischer is taking the tools she developed as a legislator in Nebraska and applying them to her job as United States Senator.
She proposed an Infrastructure Bank to fund transportation projects to help states build and repair roads and bridges throughout the country.
“My bill adheres to three important points: reduce regulatory burdens, redirect funding, and provide states with more authority to manage their highways and bridges. Nebraska has gained successful results with this model and it’s time to bring best practices from our states to the national discussion. By letting our states manage these projects, we can get America moving safely and securely for decades to come.”