Carroll sheriff cracks down on cleanliness

June 25, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Forty-five inmates on work-release from the Carroll County Detention Center were late for their jobs yesterday, after failing to pass an early-morning inspection of their bunk area, jail officials said.

They were detained as part of a crackdown by Sheriff Kenneth L. Tregoning, who said the inmates had been warned several times in the past week that they would be held accountable "consistently and uniformly" for making beds and keeping their personal items and living space in order.

"There was some grumbling, but they quickly realized they were not going out to work until everyone complied," Tregoning said. "All were allowed to go to work within about three hours."

Cpl. Walter Royster, the jail's work-release supervisor, said some employers called to ask where their employees were.

"After I explained why they were late for work, the callers were satisfied," Royster said. "No one lost their jobs."

The crackdown on cleanliness is theoretical and practical, said 1st Lt. Mark Peregoy, the sheriff's administrative officer.

"It's the broken-window theory," said. "Find a broken window, and if you don't fix it, soon all the windows will be broken."

Enforcement of the shape-up-or-pay-the-consequences policy rests with commanders. Royster will make the inspections and mete out penalties. He estimated that 90 percent of the inmates comply with the rules.

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