The Randolph Leader is correct in suggesting the Randolph County jail is filled beyond capacity. They are incorrect in laying all of the blame on Goat Hill.
"Most" would pass yet our locally elected District Judge Pat Whaley often loads up our jail in his zeal to show that he is "tough" on crime, especially alcohol offenses. His "community service" policy is frankly draconian and questionable under the 8th Amendment. With Judge Whaley providing labor to his brother-in-law County Engineer Burrel Jones his practice is especially questionable. I agree the Department of Corrections is fully wrong to continue to house state inmates beyond what the law provides yet there is a local component to our problem. I also believe the whole philosophy of conservative solutions to crime is misplaced. Education, opportunities, economics ... will still do much solve our crime solutions. Peace ... or War!