Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas Visitation

Before I begin, I would like to assure all readers that will NOT be subjecting anyone to yet another Dr. Seuss/Grinch parody anywhere within this posting.

Anyone visiting a DCJ inmate will probably walk past the rules and regulations regarding inmate visitation. They're always posted on a wall behind some stained plexiglass.

One rule states that visitors have to show up at least half an hour before visitation ends, since it takes a while to set the whole thing up. This includes DCJ/Dallas Sheriff Dept staph checking visitors' IDs to see if they have outstanding warrants. However, if you DO have an outstanding warrant, don't worry. They won't bother to arrest you, no matter how convenient you make it for them. (Will someone explain the logic behind this to me?)

Anyway, never mind about the warrants, it's the Grinchy attitude to holiday visitation that has me pissed off. After standing in line for two hours in wintry weather, I was told at 8:30 that no more visitors were being processed. In other words, fuck off.

Would it have really been a big deal to extend visitation another 20-30 minutes, so that the last 10-15 slobs could go in and wish their friend/husband/relative a Merry Christmas or Feliz Navidad? Nothing exciting happens in DCJ after 9:00pm. No meals, medical visits, handing out of mail or anything else is scheduled.

Besides, several people next to me had driven up to 40 miles to visit. At least I didn't have to go nearly that far.

(Addendum: Just spoke to James via an overpriced collect call. Seems the prison staph were not too busy today to do all sorts of ridiculous shakedowns. This included taking anyone's extra blanket, even if the jail doctor - an extremely decent person - prescribed it. Yes, you must be prescribed an extra blanket. And as this week is Freeze The Inmate Week at DCJ, extra blankets are at a premium.)

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