Sunday, January 13, 2013

I Think Imma Faint...

Many people think once they get arrested, if they go to the hospital they'll get out of going to jail.

We'll get them to booking and start fingerprinting and photographing them, and suddenly they're short of breath, have chest pains or fake passing out.

We call them an ambulance and they go to the hospital where the doctor says there isn't a thing wrong with them.

THEN they go to jail anyway. It's sorta convenient that the County hospital is only a few blocks from the County jail.

Shockingly enough, we have people attempt this maneuver on several occasions every year. It's so common, we even have a name for it.

We call it Incarceritis...

3 comments:

Expatriate Owl said...

The hospital where my wife did her residency is a few blocks from the precinct house, and about a mile from the state penitentiary. One area of the hospital is designated as the "Prison Ward" which, as the name implies, is populated by patients who are in custody and is staffed by police officers along with the doctors, nurses and panhandlers.

A corrections officer friend of ours once told us that the main difference between the "Prison Ward" and the state penitentiary was that the inmates at the state penitentiary sometimes are allowed out of bed to take short walks in the hallway, without the cuffs and shackles.

Jay said...

People with Incarceritis need to be held in isolation at the sanitorium.

Unknown said...

Jail-itis in our neck of the woods. For some it's a chronic condition. Fortunately it is not contagious.