Jail overcrowding needs to change
I am an inmate living in extreme, overcrowded conditions at one of the state's 10 regional jails. These jails were designed for short-term incarcerations. However, me and many other fellow inmates have been waiting well over 2 1/2 years to go to prison. Many more have been waiting way over three years to go.
Currently I am living in one of the large pods in jail. Large pods consist of 16 cells and four tables in the day room. Each table is built with four seats. That is a total of 16 seats. However, 33 inmates are confined to this small living space. This leaves people sitting on concrete steps during meals. Many will stand up and eat.
The new prison study group has offered their opinion for a long-term solution. If it works, it will take years to see any change. This problem needs immediate attention because it has been put off for way too long. The prison study plan is predicting a decrease of less than 120 inmates by 2018. That is a drop in a bucket compared to the overcrowding problem we have. The inmates, guards, as well as the families of each suffer because of this stressful situation. Something needs to change, and soon.
Southwestern Regional Jail
Rick Johnson of WCHS will be missed
I recently was shocked to learn that Rick Johnson had been told that his services were no longer needed by West Virginia Radio Corporation. I hadn't heard him on WCHS or any of their other stations for a couple of weeks and I just assumed he was taking a much-needed vacation.
Having started when he was in high school, Rick has worked in the radio business for more than 40 years. I'm sure very few, if any, people in West Virginia have his experience. I figure Rick has handled every aspect of radio broadcasting. Rick Johnson is also a very caring and compassionate man. He has been involved in countless WCHS fundraisers over the years. Following the derecho last summer, Rick was on the air for a week. He kept the listeners of this area abreast of what was happening during some of the toughest days they had ever faced.
For the last 50 years I have been a loyal WCHS listener, but I will no longer tune in to 580 AM. For me and hundreds of others, Rick Johnson has been and will always be the voice of Charleston and of WCHS. Best of luck to you, Rick.
Dr. Randy Robinson
Cattle owners need to fence in their animals