|Correctional Officers – Radical Rodents - Rabid Fever|
|By Carl ToersBijns, former deputy warden, ASPC Eyman, Florence AZ|
It’s no secret that correctional officers walk some of the toughest beats around the criminal justice system. In fact, statistically these officers put themselves on the thin blue line for what is hardly called a lucrative benefit package yet they stand the wall when nobody else volunteers to do so. One of the first things you learn as an officer is to remain calm at all times and work smart not hard. Our country’s prisons and jails are filled with society’s largest radical rodents created by mankind and although it doesn’t make the news as much as other topics, there is rabid fever occurring inside our prison systems.
Officers are getting attacked randomly and deliberately by inmates carrying prison-made weapons or throwing liquid bio hazard substances at them as well as biting them while on the job. Rabid infected prisoners foaming at the mouth are seeking their victims more often and injuring more now than ever. The trend is disturbing and the solution is better staffing and management control techniques as well as better personal protective gear, electronic stun devices and chemical agents carried by every person that works inside these asylums.
An officer injured, bitten or infected rarely makes the news and is often downplayed by the admin by not taking into considerations and consequences of the seriousness of such assaults. Needless to say, there is a pattern developing that inmates are running the asylums as well as running amuck without facing serious consequences for their such as aggressive prosecutions and added time to their sentences.
There seems to be a distinct disconnect by the media to report some stories and ignore others but regardless, it is happening very frequently inside our prisons. Metaphorically speaking, we have more rabid people caged than any other country in the world but that’s because we have the most rabid people locked up than anyone else including Russia and China.
Rabid people are usually tested for HIV, Hepatitis or other communicable diseases only when there is a reason to think someone has been infected. Regionally there may be major spikes of these assaults but the general rule is wherever prisons are overcrowded or under staffed, there is the presence of rabid fever.
Officers are constantly exposed to these dangers as these rabid prisoners practically live on top of each other and creating a toxic, infectious, stressful and tense environment around them. It seems these acts rarely get the attention for such calamities as management does little to contain or inquire about such incidents leaving many officers at risk to expose a disease or harmful substance to the community and families.
Rabid fever is a dangerous condition for officers to work around or within. It creates volatile and unpredictable human behaviors that include confusion, hallucinations and paralysis of the mind and central nervous system. It can cause erratic behaviors and break down the immune system and if normally docile, become aggressive and violent in nature. Because it works on the mind there are many other risks associated with such a disease. Although officers report such conditions daily, there is little the administration does with rabid fever possessed assailants or victims as they are being ignored for their medical and mental health treatment and cared for in a minimum cost effective level that is creating a community risk as well as a health risk to those that work there.
While the conditions is presumed not to be contagious, evidence points to it being otherwise as officers fall victim to these kind of attacks daily while on duty inside the penitentiaries and jails and change their behaviors as well since becoming infected with this same mind-changing disease that is human-made and causing human afflictions among those that walk the thin blue line.
Corrections.com author, Carl ToersBijns, (retired), has worked in corrections for over 25 yrs He held positions of a Correctional Officer I, II, III [Captain] Chief of Security Mental Health Treatment Center – Program Director – Associate Warden - Deputy Warden of Administration & Operations. Car’s prison philosophy is all about the safety of the public, staff and inmates, "I believe my strongest quality is that I create strategies that are practical, functional and cost effective."
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