Serving booze at Jailhouse Rock was a poor message when intoxication is No. 1 cause for incarceration |

Serving booze at Jailhouse Rock was a poor message when intoxication is No. 1 cause for incarceration

I think it was a great idea to bring in locals to see the Summit County Jail in a party-type atmosphere with last weekend’s Jailhouse Rock fundraiser.

It’s wonderful to have a benefit for the Optimist Club, which supports young people in various activities throughout Summit County. It’s a beautiful thing to see the community celebrating with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and to see the facility improvements.

But I think serving alcohol in the jail was irresponsible and very inappropriate.

I know most of the inmates were housed in the Park County jail during the event.

But 18 trusties were still in the Summit County Jail. They could see and hear the participants drinking alcohol and whooping it up.

At least 14 trusties are incarcerated because of alcohol-related offenses. Fifty percent or more of the other inmates in Park County are in jail because of drug- and alcohol-related offenses.

Some of these inmates are in drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.

What kind of corrections or life changes do you think these men were thinking of during the celebration?

What kind of encouragement do you think their loved ones were thinking about when they read of the party, which served alcohol in jail?

A small percentage of young people in the county have problems with alcohol.

What kind of messages do you think they were receiving when they read about the drinking and tattooing with the sheriff at the local Heartbreak Hotel?

This could have been done in a more responsible and effective way. I think it would be better not serve alcohol in a public party in the jail.

In the future, please give this a little more thought about others whose lives are being interrupted and destroyed by alcohol and drugs.

The jail is a correctional facility to help rehabilitate those who have broken the law with the bad decisions they have made.

And the No. 1 influence on these bad decisions is alcohol.

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