Friday, September 16, 2016
A Mighty Fortress is Our Jail
A few weeks ago, I accidentally took a great picture of Bethlehem's Unitarian Universalist Church. Dana Grubb, a real photographer, explained to me that at this time of year, streaks of late afternoon sun make a photograph look better.
It looks like the county jail is going to be a topic of discussion, so I decided to snap a few pics of the hoosegaw. But I waited until later in the afternoon, hoping to get a good shot. What you see above is the best I could do. I cut off part of the building and the photo seems more focused on the streetlight.
It sucks, but the fortress-like appearance is there to intimidate. A reader also mentioned the Monroe County facility off of Route 33, surrounded by barbed wire, which looks very depressing.
This is what most people think about when they think of a jail, so it's little wonder that people would be irritated by the prospect of one near them.
But one point NorCo Corrections Director Dan Keen drove home in his presentation yesterday, and one I failed to make clear, is that new jails look nothing like these castles surrounded by moats in which sharks patrol with laser beams attached to their heads They instead look like schools or office buildings.
Also, I really have no idea where the jail is going, if anywhere, but I told Nazareth Borough Solicitor Al Pierced yesterday that it's going in the Nazareth Circle.
"That's too small!" he exclaimed.
"They're going up," I lied, explaining it would be a tower. "It's the latest in prison science."
Pierce walked away mumbling to himself, although I think I made out "asshole."
As I snapped away yesterday, a fellow came out and asked me if I have permission from Keen to photograph the jail. I told him I did not and added I needed no permission to photograph the outside of a public building. Besides, I'm an award-winning broadcast journalist. The fellow was pretty nice about it and told me he'd inform Keen for me.
He obviously had mental health training
Guys, I'll be back today or Saturday because my pics suck. Don't tase me, bro'.