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Macto: Where is the Inmate anyway?

Accepting a new Inmate into prison is usually composed of the bureaucracy in the beginning, and ends with the Inmate arriving at his bunk. The last part is actually pretty complex.

Deciding where the Inmate would go is a decision that is composed of many factor:

  • What type of an Inmate is he? (Just arrested, sentenced, sentenced for a long period, etc)
  • Why is he in prison for?
  • What kind is he? (You want to avoid Inmate infighting, it creates paperwork, so you avoid putting them in conflict if possible)
  • Where there is room available?

I am skipping on other stuff, but I think that you get the picture.

The Inmate’s location is another thing that seems simple on the surface but gets complicated when you drill down. The Inmate’s location is actually compromised from several different aspects. First, and the most obvious one, is the actual physical location of the Inmate. For example:

  • Cell Block B, Section D, Cell 349
  • Redbrick Hospital, ER
  • Vacation
  • East Misphat Courthouse
  • “Loaned” to another prison

All of those are pretty obvious (loaning an Inmate is rarely done, but can happen if he has to do something like show up at a court near the other prison that is far from his current prison).

The next aspect is his location is who is signed for this prisoner. That is a problematic concept if you don’t understand how prisons work. You can think about it as a chain of responsibility. Since the Inmate is in Lawful Custody, if something happens to him, then someone is going to answer some questions. We used to have a joke, “you break, you replace”.  Who signed on for this Inmate is basically who has the legal responsibility for this Inmate. This can be:

  • Cpt. Yom Kashe, Commander Cell Block D
  • Lt. Halach Alley, Escorting to Courthouse
  • Sarge. Yashnoni, Guarding at Hospital

I think that you get the picture. And finally, we have who has overall responsibility for this Inmate? Put simply, while the Inmate is hospitalized for a week, it may be Sargent Yashnoni who is actually standing over the bed, but it is Captain Kashe that has the responsibility for the guy. He is the one who has to report him as “not present, location is known”.


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07/23/2011 12:04 AM by

I think this series is helpful because it introduces a domain that is largely unknown to most people, and so it helps make explicity just what domain specific knowledge is involved.

I will say one of the things I really dislike about your post scheduling practice is that I have to wait for so long to see all of the content, as opposed to the 'old school' Ayende practice of posting a couple zillion posts over 3 days.

But, I understand why you do it.

Ayende Rahien
07/23/2011 02:35 AM by
Ayende Rahien

You aren't the first that requests that, but I like the quite of having a long queue, and it makes for better discussions. If there is enough demand, I might do something like a pay wall into the future (buy a 7 day peek into the future, etc).

07/23/2011 03:21 AM by


Horrible idea. Horrible having a queue.

But, it is a public blog. Can't unsubscribe and still get the content.

What's happened to you?

Ayende Rahien
07/23/2011 06:05 PM by
Ayende Rahien

Jdn, Huh? I don't think that I follow you. I already have a queue, it is right there in the sidebar.

07/24/2011 09:27 AM by

Lol paying to read future posts I never realised you were bought out by news limited and are charging for average content.

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