The inmates aren't bad guys, mostly. I say mostly because of the crimes some of them come in for, but as inmates they're not bad, almost always respectful, and the few times they decide to go overboard it gets shut down pretty quick, at least with me because I've established that I can be nice, if you're not making job harder than you have to. 90% of the time I get to be my nice, joking around self so it's not to bad. A lot of time if you're in jail you'll only be there a couple weeks as long as they think you'll actually show up to court. Law enforcement are just guys trying to do their job like everybody else, all the ones I work with are super nice and polite and don't let the power go to their heads. The problem is the few around the entire country that do and make the news, and then make everybody else look bad. And just because somebody is in jail doesn't mean they're guilty, if you're in jail you're waiting for trail, if you're guilty you go to prison (if it's a felony, misdemeanors will be in jail too). While I have a good flow going it's really important if you ever have a friends or a relative in jail to visit them that shit is hard on them, and I really don't want it any harder than it has to be.
Thanks so much for the insight. I love that last sentence, and take it as a gentle reminder to all of us to remember to be human.
I think the most important thing to remember is, these guys are (mostly) just people that fucked up, and then kept fucking up because they're only support system are the people they're locked up with. Their families abandoned them, if they do get visitors 90% of the time it's a mom or dad telling them how much of a fuck up they are. It's not gonna help them out of their situation.