Bailing out Corrections Employees Locked Up
We are all familiar with the monopoly game and how you can end up in jail costing you perhaps money and your reputation, if not your job. However, if you have a boss who wants to minimize negative publicity or impressions about the workplace, he will post bail for you or even approach the sheriff personally off the record and arrange a backdoor exit without domestic violence charges.
Seems farfetched but if memory serves me right, it has happened before and those arrested, put in a patrol car and hauled off to jail are now enjoying better moments, jobs and salaries in a most imaginary way. It seems the culture is not only permissive in many ways but tolerant to law breaking and violence towards domestic partners, co-workers, the public or those officers making the arrest.
Now that I am at the end of my corrections career and have witnessed some bizarre cases of favoritisms, nepotisms as well as criminal hospitality accommodations beyond the line of reason resulting in blurred lines of appropriateness and ethical conduct. You might say that it was okay to be irresponsible because someone in power would always be there for you to escape the consequences.
Leaders such as prison agency directors who take the time to bail out corruptible employees with weak or poor moral compasses are always there to make things easier. They project a no-nonsense style of leadership and strong character when they are in fact the opposite, high tolerance to misconduct and weak character to permit such happenings on their watch. They breed a culture that mocks the rules and laws established for order in a society or workplace.
The recent arrest of a correctional officer who admitted shooting someone in Florence Arizona, the second safest city in Arizona brought back the memories of past and present leadership habits to bail out those who run afoul with the law. Some never make it to the booking desk as a well-placed political phone call eliminates any doubt the person should be released and allowed to live their lives as if nothing ever happened.
One can only imagine as to what kind or deep of debt such a person incurs for helping get bailed out or avoid arrest. I can only imagine that the debt would be forever and no price is too high to make it sit right for future endeavors or favors given. Sometimes its about money and sometimes its just about the relationship and a quid pro quo relationship that lasts till eternity.
I am sure the favor was accepted without hesitation. After all a favor could get you long term returns as they owed you for keeping them out of the slammer, losing your job or worse, ruin a marriage or relationship that has been on the rocks for years but never mind that for that’s another story.Yep, leaders like this made working much easier back then.