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Monday, November 14, 2011

JAIL TIME

Although Mark Twain wrote "regret for wasted time is more wasted time" we fall squarely behind Carl Sandberg who wrote "Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." Not bad for a second baseman for the Chicago Cubs.

Very secretly we have been conducting an experiment. With the help of twenty attorneys, we have tracked the wait time to see a client at the various pre-trial holding facilities. Our attorneys faithfully emailed us their experiences, and we have now correlated the data. *

The Best facility to go and see your client is.....DCJ! With an average wait time of 16 minutes from entering the facility to when the actual interview begins. Comments about DCJ tended to be that the hardest part of the visit was clearing the screening process. The only major obstacle that our attorneys ran into at DCJ was the limited interview rooms on each floor- usually one. If someone was already seeing a client ahead of you on the same floor as your client, then the wait time significantly increased, usually more than tripling.

Second place was....Metro West. Putting aside travel time, the average wait time to see a client a Metro West was 34 minutes. The problems at Metro West are well known. The interview rooms fill up; the staff can take over an hour to bring your client. But when things go well at Metro West the visit tends to run smoothly. But horror stories included waiting 94 minutes for the client to be brought and waiting 67 minutes only to be told the client was ill and couldn't come down. When the interview rooms were full the average wait time tripled to 110 minutes, with most attorneys feeling that after having made the drive, they were trapped into having to wait to see their clients.

Third place was the Stockade with an average wait time of 41 minutes. Most attorneys expressed surprise that when they timed it the wait was as long as it was. The experiences attorneys had varied, with one public defender swearing that he/she averaged 16 minutes in wait time over 11 visits over three months. On the other end of the spectrum, one hapless attorney said he was turned away four times over the course of one week, including twice in one day when he was told the facility was on lock down.

Last place was TGK. One memorable comment about TGK was that "it is the Eeyore of jails". The average wait time was 53 minutes, with the main problem being that about half the time the attorneys were allowed access to travel to the area where their clients were held and the other half of the time the attorneys were forced to wait for an escort. Without an escort, TGK vaults into second place with a wait time of 21 minutes. But the wait time skyrocketed when the attorney was told to wait for an escort, with times averaging well over an hour.


What can be done?

The Feds have a system that allows an attorney to email ahead and request a client be brought down to the interview room. Even the Broward County Jail will bring your client down if you call ahead and tell them you are on your way.

But this is Miami, where reason and common sense have no place in matters such as these.

See you in court.

*Over a period of the last six months, over 20 attorneys took part in collecting data for us. Some attorneys emailed us dozens of reports faithfully detailing all of their jail visits, while other attorneys participated once or twice and then opted out. All times do not include travel time. We cannot vouch for the accuracy of what was reported to us and the highest and lowest reported wait times for every facility was discarded in formulating the averages we arrived at.



12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bad month for cops...

FHP v. Miami feud. Cops making threats to other cops on internet blogs.

Lauderhill cop shoots and tries to kill another Lauderhill cop.

BSO deputy arrested for felony battery by strangulation on his girlfriend.

For those young (and old) ASAs who still believe that cops walk a higher path, remember - these guys are human. And oftentimes, less than that.

Don't take every word they say at face value. I know you hear it from us defense attorneys all the time - "the cop is lying." In many cases, that's quite accurate.

I didn't know how pathological and sadistic cops were when I was an ASA. I then went private and found out in about 2 weeks.

Anonymous said...

For the people who complained about the previous post, this is the type of hard hitting, informative stuff the blog is here to provide.

Rumpole said...

I think that sometimes people have silly fun on the blog and that's OK. And I think sometimes we discuss serious issues and that's ok. Life is not all one or the other but a blend of both.

Anonymous said...

From 5:50

I was actually being serious.

Not so much about it being hard hitting, but certainly pertinent and helpful.

Anonymous said...

The best time to go to metro west or tge stockade is between midnight and 5 30 a.m. Average wait time 10 minutes. The night honies st the dcj hate after hours visits. Tgk is horrible any time but better after visiting hours

2 guys said...

Its MNF and at Two Guys tonight there are mounds of ropa vieja and an enormous plate of homemade southern fried chicken. A half time we are raffling off either a Padron Family Reserve or a Fuente Opus X Power Ranger- the winner gets to choose!

2G's is proud to announce we will be hosting the semi finals of the West Kendall's Men's chess club on Thanksgiving eve. Come watch Terry "Two Ton" Tortelli (last years champ) face off against Manny "El Toro" Hernandez in one match and Stuy "The Kid" Weiztman versus new comer Arnie Lowell.

Good food, good cigars, good people. Its all here.

Anonymous said...

A long time ago didn't some moron try and form another criminal blog where the comments were unmoderated? WHatever happened with that?

Anonymous said...

Look at the map of drive-by shootings at the bottom of the article. Just40 or 50 blocks north of the SAO & the Justice Building.
DS

Surveillance cameras ....

http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/15/2502337/surveillance-cameras-in-liberty.html

Anonymous said...

Can anyone advise which criminal court judge is taking the civil section of Judge Butchko?

Anonymous said...

@10pm- What criminal blog?

Anonymous said...

Election time heating up
Miguel de la O had an opponent file against him yesterday. Check out the State elections department for all the information.

Anonymous said...

Look at these words from Casey Anthony's prosecutor Jeff Ashton:

"My worst fears from jury selection manifested themselves in the verdict," Ashton wrote. "This jury needed someone to tell them exactly how Caylee died.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/15/2502998_p2/casey-anthony-prosecutor-comes.html

This statement is incredible coming from an experienced prosecutor. Jeff Ashton has been prosecuting for far too long not to know what the State's burden of proof is. Did he forget that before a jury can convict someone of murder the State has to prove first that the victim was, in fact, murdered and that the defendant committed the murder or, in other words, that the victim died as a result of the criminal agency of another person, to-wit: the defendant?