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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Atkinson opts out of prison trustee program for free labor

From the Eagle Tribune;

December 1, 2011
Atkinson opts out of prison trustee program for free labor
By Cara Hogan
chogan@eagletribune.com

ATKINSON — For the past nine years, a Rockingham County jail inmate cleaned the police station three days every week — at almost no cost to the town

But selectmen thought otherwise, voting to end the program and citing the cost of transporting the inmate from Brentwood to Atkinson and back.

The board voted Monday not to reapprove the police trustee program, which employed a minimum security prisoner for landscaping and cleaning.

Selectman Craig Schuster said the cost of the program seemed to outweigh the benefits.

"It was $10 a day for this person, which included a meal," he said. "But the chief did not understand the full cost. We were using a town officer to drive the trustee back and forth to jail, paying them $24 an hour. The real cost was well over $60 a day, compared to our current cleaning service which is $45."

The town employs a cleaning company for all other town buildings, Schuster said. The cost of adding the police station to that list would be $45 a day, he said.

But police Chief Philip Consentino said he worked out a plan to have Plaistow officers pick up two trustees in the morning and have an Atkinson officer bring them both back at night.

"They're saying it's too expensive and there were too many hidden costs," Consentino said. "But there would be no overtime involved."

Armed with information, Schuster said, he decided the program could be worth the money.

"I made a motion to approve it, but I did not get a second," he said.

Selectman William Friel was not present at the meeting and Selectman Fred Childs did not support the motion, so it didn't pass.

Now, Consentino said he will have to hire someone to do the work the trustee did three days a week.

"He cleans the station from one end to the other, empties the trash, cleans all the cruisers, rakes leaves, cuts grass and whatever we need," he said. "With one trustee, I got three rooms in the police department painted and all it cost me was a gallon of paint for each room."

There is a reason so many other towns also use the trustee program, the chief said.

Ask Kingston police Chief Donald Briggs.

Briggs said he has a trustee on staff full time. Sometimes, Briggs said, the trustee works on special projects on weekends.

"They have rebuilt the whole upstairs of the fire station, the town bandstand, painted the entire inside of the library," Briggs said. "The program saves thousands and thousands of dollars every year."

Jail superintendant Stephen Church said 10 local communities use the program, including Atkinson, Kingston, Plaistow, Sandown and Hampstead.

"It saves the municipalities an awful lot of money," Church said. "It's a very popular program."

Only a small number of prisoners, those without a record of sex offenses or violent crimes, participate.

"The benefit for the prisoners is they get to be away from the jail and interact with people other than fellow prisoners," Church said. "They generally get fed better which is a big deal. It's a highly sought after job and only very few are selected."

Hampstead police Lt. John Frazier said he was surprised Atkinson would cut the program.

"Not cost effective?" he said. "It's free labor."

A part-time, retired Hampstead officer supervises the trustee, who comes in on Tuesday and Thursdays to clean the fleet of police cars. It has worked out well, Frazier said.

Plaistow Deputy police Chief Kathleen Jones said her department also uses a trustee three days a week to maintain cars and clean up.

"It does take an officer a little time to pick them up, but I think the benefits outweigh the drawbacks," she said. "It's just about a 20-minute drive to the prison."

Consentino said he's upset the program was cut, but can't change what happened.

"It's a shame the program went down, but I will live with the board's decision and move on," he said.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

It doesn't seem proper for inmates to be at the Police Station, maybe forming friendships or whatever. I see this as a conflict of interest. I am shocked that so many PDs are doing this.

Macciard said...

The program is not the problem, it is, like everything else, how it was being run, HERE.

Other towns do not pay officers time and a half to go get the prisoners. THAT was the biggest cost. The food is minimal. I believe that the town also bought them cigarettes at one time as well, do not know if that is still the case.

Anonymous said...

Only 10 of the 37 towns in Rockingham County use the trustee program.

What do they know that the chief is not telling us?

Anonymous said...

Phil you JUST DON'T GET IT.

"But police Chief Philip Consentino said he worked out a plan to have Plaistow officers pick up two trustees in the morning and have an Atkinson officer bring them both back at night."

DUH. Why didn't you do that in the first place instead of paying time and a half (nice work if you can get it). Nice little goodie for favors he was giving out.

now they take it away from you and you come up with a solution. Too late mr budget abuser.

Anonymous said...

Didn't take long for Shooster the rooster to throw Fred under the bus. "hey I voted for it".

Anonymous said...

only 10 out of 37 towns because not enough trustees to go around. great program hope fred does not his trustee for the cemetary in the spring

Anonymous said...

What's the big deal? Hire a law abiding citizen if you need help.

Why such a big stink about getting an inmate? What's really behind this silly outburst?

Do we need to be fostering relationships with inmates in case we need help later on? What could possibly be the reason for this?

Anonymous said...

They laid it all out and it was costing the Town close to $30k a year.

Evidently, whoever was in charge of this idea had no fiscal sense and was wasting lots of money.

Anonymous said...

the conman never know,s the total cost someone had to tell him bullshit he,s a thief and HE DON,T CARE WHAT HE SPEND,S IT,S NOT HIS MONEY

Anonymous said...

The Conman is trying to devert our attention from the real issue of sending him into retirement. Stay focused people.

The Conman is NOT OUR FRIEND. (or the towns) Don't fall into his trap and take your eye off from the ball.

Go get him selectmen, the bum needs to be forced into retirement or jail.

Anonymous said...

Rather than PAY a driver have a local law abiding citizen get the work. One who can transport themselves to the PD. If you pay them what you would have paid time and a half for driver, guess what, work is done for free. Plus no gas and no wear and tear on PD vehicles which ain't cheap! stupid is as stupid does.

Anonymous said...

Over the line in Mass. the Sheriffs or correctional departments brought their prisoners to the cities and towns to do the work as has been done in the town. They have the budgets and the responsibilities to transport the prisoners to the work release programs needed. Is the stae that broke that they can't do the same as TAXACHUSETTS? I think not. All that I remember that was required was that the city /town feed and give proper drink to the work release person . As a safety insurance the transport was a given both ways to insure the prisoner was returned as required by lawful procedure and to prevent escape. In short , the transport is and was the responsibility of that department and not the local police who asked for the service provided by the county jails and yes the prisons. If these holding of prisoners are to release their prisoners for work details then it is their obligation to transport and in most cases oversee the work being done. That is not to say they have to be with the prisoner[s] all day or night long because the prisoner is usually short term or in for incarceration for a lessor of crime committed.

Anonymous said...

Good info.

I wonder if the inmate is under constant supervision while in Atkinson?

Lets face it, no one really follows any law to the letter around here. They semm rather wihy washy about what is enforced and what is not.

Besides, why does he care SO much about who does the work as long as it gets done? Moreover, the maintenance on the building is hardly the personal responsibility of the dept. head.

Anonymous said...

You heard the Chief, the trustee is NOT A CRIMINAL!

Anonymous said...

With no trustee, who will clean the cars, sweep the station or take out the trash? Hasn't anyone heard that there are not enough people to do this?

Anonymous said...

I could be wrong, but I think the contracted cleaning crew cleans the other building - Town Hall, Library, and maybe Community Center twice a week. The PD has his bargain trustees coming in three days a week.
I also think the Fire Department takes care of their own building(and at no cost to the town?)

So why goes the Chief need his clean up guys three days a week....is it because he has more traffic through the building? I don't beieve that.

Anonymous said...

It takes at least one extra day to get the dog smell out of the building.

Anonymous said...

Seriously his dog stinks and should be removed from the buidling to see if the ladies see improvement in their breathing.

The dog dander would be the first suspect. Maybe they are alergic to the dog.

Anonymous said...

Why not inquire of the county and state penal systemsif the prisoner transfers to any town and city is in their budgets? If there is a budget inclusion then that alone will tell us all if there is some under handed goings on. It wouldn't be a surprise to me ,how about you?

Anonymous said...

To bad the inmate couldn't trade places with the Conman. Since the inmate isn't a criminal, the right people would be in the right places. We would have a better chance of having a full functioning PD with the old inmate in charge.

Think about it. Hmmmmmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

12/1 @ 10:47 - If there are only 10 of 37 towns using this prisoner cleaning and maintenance by the prisoners then why is that? Is it that the other 27 towns do not know about the use of prisoners or is it because of union and other town related reasons ? That being that they have town employees that do the work? Maybe these questions could lead to the removal of bad officials in the transporting of prisoners and the towns that do the transporting of the prisoners in place of the correction departments. It could be a way of certain officials getting a kick back of some sort. JMHO

Anonymous said...

COULD SOMEONE TELL ME WHEN mR RIEL WILL BE BACK? HE WAS SHAKING HIS HEAD IN EMBARASSMENT BEFORE BENNETT LEFT, NOW FRED IS HIS BIGGEST EMBARASSMENT. DO YOU THINK HE WILL BE ABLE TO GET RID OF MR CHILDS.

FRED YOUR VENDETTA VS THE CHIEF WAS AS CLEAR AS DAY LAST MONDAY, IT'S TIME TO STEP DOWN!

Anonymous said...

If this town had a mayor who would it be?

A. Fred Childs

B. Kevin Donnely

C. Mark Acciard

D. Leon Artus

Anonymous said...

If this town had a real police chief who would it be?

A. Fred Childs

B. Kevin Donnely

C. Mark Acciard

D. Leon Artus

Anonymous said...

If this town had real selectmen who would it be?

A. Micky Mouse

B. Daffy Duck

C. Donald Duck

D. Minney Mouse

E. Super Man

Anonymous said...

He can't even spell cartoon names.

geeezzzzz

Anonymous said...

joyce i know thats you with the dog stinks comment, i bet if it was a cat you wouldnt mind

Anonymous said...

How would you know that?

You use your influence to tap the internet? Hmmmmmm?

Who is the only one that could take a taxpayer's rights away in the town of Atkinson without punishment? Hmmmmmmmmmm?

Anonymous said...

Why is Barbara Snitcher and one of our selectmen promoting the budget committee or any taxpayer has no right to question the legal lines of the budget? Why are they trying to convince them that they have no right to see the legal outcomes of any trial?

Who is sleeping with whom, and who is trying to cover for whom and why?

Politics make strange bed partners, but CORRUPTION NEVER SLEEPS!

Time for the Conman and HIS BED PARTNERS TO forgo the orgasm and go bye bye.

May they RIP. NOT!

Anonymous said...

Joyce didn't post that comment about the stench in the PD and she doesn't own any cats.

I think the person who keeps attacking her is the detective who is going around bad mouthing her in town because she didn't want anything to do with him and she was smart not to.

Anonymous said...

We saw him yelling at a lady in Market Basket a few weeks ago.

Anonymous said...

thats the chief posting about cats all the time

Anonymous said...

dont you wish the chief would get a job?

Anonymous said...

i mean one that he actually owns instead of just shows up for when no one asked him to

Anonymous said...

He had a job at sears but retired. He sold Vacs for a living. He's been SUCKING UP taxpayer money ever since OR sucking up to the Elderly.

He tells selectmen he wants another ten years. Think we should help him GET ten years.

Anonymous said...

11:25 , Yes he should get 10 years!!!!!!!! In prison.

Anonymous said...

meow