Why It’s Called “Sharpes,” and He Isn’t

Sharpes, FL  —  A former inmate in Florida was injured while trying to sneak back into jail. Sylvester Jiles suffered severe cuts from barbed wire while trying to climb a 12-foot fence at the Brevard County Detention Center Monday night.

The 24-year-old former inmate was released last week from the jail after accepting a plea deal on a manslaughter charge.  He showed up at the jail Monday night and asked to be taken back into custody because he feared family members of his victim would retaliate against him.  Jail officials said they couldn’t take him in and told him to file a police report.

Instead, he tried to climb over the barbed-wire fence and fell in his attempt.  He remained hospitalized for his injuries Tuesday.   — Associated Press

Study Questions

1.   Why did he accept a plea deal that released his ass from jail when freedom was the exact opposite of what he wanted?  Shouldn’t he have bargained instead to remain behind bars, where he thought he was safer?  Or is this 20-20 hindsight?

2.   Explain why jail authorities’ suggestion that he “file a police report” is (a) typical of the crappy advice one gets when they request it from law enforcement agents, and (b) funny as hell when it happens to free-stock-images-barbed-wiresomebody else, particularly when you don’t give a damn about him.

3.  On the assumption that Sylvester’s fears of retaliation were well-founded, do you think the parties that sought retaliation are delirious with glee at the way he sliced himself to ribbons on his own, relieving them of any intended illegal wrongdoing?

4.  On the same assumption, do you think they’ll still want to inflict damage of  their own?  Discuss the principle at stake here in biblical or secular terms.  (Hint: Sermon On the Mount and Aristotle’s Nichomean Ethics).

5.   Describe a bartering system where people who want to be imprisoned could replace those who want to be released.   Would society be more or less secure?  Would the system save or lose money?

6.  Is jail harder or easier to gain admission to than a community college?  Compare classroom facilities, dormitory accommodations, exercise and sports programs, cafeteria service, crime and safety rates, and cost per inmate/student.  Which offers its graduates a better vocational or professional career?  That’s what I thought.  What the hell is wrong with us, anyway?

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6 Responses to Why It’s Called “Sharpes,” and He Isn’t

  1. "Esq" A Lawyer says:

    Whatever prison is supposed to be, it’s not a shelter or a sancturary. They were right to turn him away.
    That noted, “Go file a report somewhere else” is exactly the sort of useless advice any government agency dispenses 24/7. Filing a paper isn’t going to protect him from an attack, at best it will make it easier to track down his attackers. That benefits the police, and does him no good at all. Typical, as you note.

  2. Flaming Yon says:

    “Sharpe” is what the barbed wire is, as he discovered. Anyway, he might be safer in the hospital than on the street or in jail. Maybe.

  3. Open Mike says:

    I ain’t buyin. My bet is Sylvester Jiles was looking for free health care, and was determined to get it one way or the other. Prison was his first choice, emergency room second. Either way guess who gets the bill?

  4. Art Rox says:

    No wonder they wouldn’t let this bozo back in stir — he’d drag down the prison population’s collective IQ.

  5. fucksharpes says:

    I think that is disgustiing that someone ended up hurt in seeking protection. What else is the police for besides to PROTECT and SERVE. Not ride around all day profiling and fucking with people.

  6. Ray Ed Gneck says:

    He didn’t get hurt seeking protection, Anonymous. He got hurt trying to break into a building where he didn’t belong. Don’t blame the police for doing their job.

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