Tonight I was on wagon duty (transporting arrestees from my police precinct to the county jail). I take delight in learning about the jailbound and often ask questions about their history. Most of the other officers I work with couldn't care less about prisoners and wouldn't dream of actually talking to them (other than interrogating for arrest purposes).
Perhaps my attitude will sour with tenure but for this rookie, the novelty has not yet worn off. As I readied a young for transport, I asked him what he was arrested for. He admitted he had a felony warrant out of California for a probation violation.
"What did you serve time for?", I asked.
"Murder? How much time did you serve for that?"
"One year? You served just one year?"
For comparison purposes, here are some things that could earn you a 1 year prison term in Arizona:
Possession of Burglary Tools
Shoplifting property valued over $250
Bribery of a public servant
Betting and Wagering
Possession of Marijuana
Bigamy (Marrying a second person, or marrying someone you know is already married)
It's reassuring to know you could serve more time in prison for making chickens fight in your backyard or stealing a bottle of wine from Costco than for taking the life of another human being.
Also, hard times ahead for employees (and CEO) of a local internet search company. One of my squadmates was asked to assist the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) as they seized computers, files, and other property of a company called jynormus.com. He was told to stand by in case any employees came looking for a paycheck and became upset upon learning of the firm's frozen assets. The company billed itself as 'the fastest growing search engine in the world' but appears to have been involved in some kind of scamming/fraudulent activity judging by the FTC's surprise visit. I took a report at this company a few months ago and noticed the CEO's office was furnished with plush leather couches and a plasma TV with Xbox 360 installed. Perhaps he should have spent more time on his business plan than on Call of Duty 3. Just last week I saw the CEO of this firm showcasing his convertible sports car in a ritzy part of the city with his personalized company license plate.