Cincinnati needs a new jail, but the last bond issue to finance one top $400 million. The voters soundly rejected it. A tent city jail is the solution.
Legendary Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is famous for being a tough guy and his tent city jail. This jail works well at controlling crime by providing a place for everyone who should be locked up. The guard tower has a Vacancy sign on it that lets the criminals know that they have room for them. http://tentcityaz.com/
Cincinnati has toyed with the idea of a tent jail and dismissed it. A tent city jail is idea whose time has come. The Miciah Black case illustrates the overcrowding problem. In May 2009, Black committed rape while he should’ve been in jail. There was no place for him. http://www.wlwt.com/news/19390127/detail.html
The knock on the tent city jail is that the inmates could easily escape, which would pose a threat to the community. The inmates are already out now. It would be better to house a Miciah Black in the tent city jail then to allow him to run free and rape again.
We need a vacancy sign on the Cincinnati jail, just like the one in Arizona. We need to let all of the Miciah Blacks who are running loose know that we have room for them. The community would be much safer if everyone who should be in jail was incarcerated.
The cost would minimal. Sheriff Arpaio houses 2000 inmates in his tent city jail for pennies a day, spending on fifteen cents per meal per inmate.
Cincinnati’s crime problem will only get worse as long as we allow inmates like Miciah Black to run free. The solution is to lock them up so that they will no longer be a threat to society. A tent city jail is an affordable solution whose time has come.