May 13, 2006

Priest's first day behind bars spent in processing, visits

Toledo Blade


Gerald Robinson was treated like other inmates during his booking at the Lucas County jail: patted down, fingerprinted, and photographed.

There were even catcalls from other inmates near the booking desk. Nothing nasty, jail officials said, just people recognizing who he was and asking, "Did you do it?"

Robinson is in cell No. 9 on the second-floor medical area. As a precaution, he is under a "strict code 1," which is for suicidal inmates or those who may cause physical harm to themselves or others. Jail authorities check on him within every 10 minutes, and he is not allowed linens, towels, or shoestrings.

"We do that for a lot of people who are sentenced and are new to the criminal justice system," said Jim O'Neal, corrections administrator.

Posted by kshaw at May 13, 2006 07:42 AM