Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, Miami, FL
Dick Wolf has it wrong. There are not ‘two sides to the criminal justice system…those that fight crime and those that prosecute the offenders.’ In fact there is a third side that goes less noticed until problems arise. This is the world of corrections.
We house and hold the accused and the convicted. Our role is to give them a safe environment and produce them to the proper authorities when summoned or when their time of commitment is over.
- Captain E. Rodrigruez, Director, Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center 1300 bed facility including 86 juveniles.
Institutions such as TGK give juveniles three meals a day (plus snacks) and a dependable roof over their heads that may be lacking in their “outside” upbringing. The question remains is a secure, lock-down facility the best institution we can offer to provide these basics? Is there a reasonable expectation of this level of support for a youth in the home and family that can be supported by agencies other than the criminal justice system?