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Man Released From Jail Refuses To Leave

July 24, 2012 by  

Man Released From Jail Refuses To Leave
Many inmates find life behind bars enjoyable.

Life is obviously comfortable in the confines of a prison cell. A man in North Carolina has been arrested for refusing to leave jail. Rodney Dwayne Valentine was imprisoned for injury to personal property on May 22. Around 8 a.m. on Saturday, he was released from the Rockingham County Jail.

Five hours later, Valentine was still hanging around the Sheriff’s office. He was informed that he would have to leave. Valentine insisted that deputies give him a ride to a nearby motel, but the officers told Valentine he would have to find his own transportation.

When Valentine refused to leave and find transportation, he was arrested for second-degree trespassing and placed in jail with a $500 bond.

Valentine will appear in court on Aug. 9.

Those who visit family or friends in prison are often taken aback by the luxurious lifestyle of many inmates. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey made headlines earlier this month when he visited a prison in London for the filming of a TV show. Ramsey was angered by the lifestyle of inmates and the nice amenities they have access to.

“Even a professional chef on the outside doesn’t just walk into a kitchen that good,” he remarked.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • grannymae1

    There are some institutions like that and it is my guess that this guy had no money and no place to go so instead of being on the street he decided that jail was a better place for him. He had a bed cloths and food. Isn’t it sad that it has come to that ! I personally know of a man that was released from jail and he had no money and was over 100 mile from his home. It was winter time and it was snowing and he had to walk or hitch hike all the way to is home ! They didn’t even give him the chance to call someone to come and get him and once he was outside he had no money to make a phone call. Maybe if we didn’t make things so great for them inside they wouldn’t want to come back, but we also have to remember that a lot of people in jail are there for stupid little things like failure to appear or maybe failure to pay a ticket etc. Yes there is no excuse for a lot of this stuff but when it comes to getting out we should at least give them a phone call to get someone to come and get them ! Our prison system may not be somessed up if those of us incharge would use some common sense. It is a good time to force education on those that didn’t graduate high school and that GED would help many of them to find a job that could at least pay them a living wage. I don’t think any person put in jail should be allowed out until they have recieved their GED. They also should not be allowed to recieve more than a minimum amount of money in their accounts to afford necessities. Also their families should not be allowed government assistance. I know that sounds harsh but as long as they are all taken care of the inmate has no reason to improve his behavior. He knows that his family will be taken care of and sometimes better tha he took care of them. They also need to get with a good paster who can teach them the bible ! Just my opinion !




    • William 1


      • chester

        William 1, how do you get a job when you are classed as an unhireable? If he has any sort of mental problem, or any one of a number of physical problems, he quite possibly can NOT get a job. You do know, I hope, that there are NO long term care facilities for the mentally challenged? If this man has any sort of a problem that way, then he may well be doing the best he can. Also, if he had any federal or state income, if he was in jail for more than thirty days, that month’s paycheck is GONE, never to return.

  • Karolyn

    Rather than this misleading blog being a supposed wakeup call to how great it is in jail, it is more in line with what the first two posters wrote, especially in places where the jails treat inmates more like animals than humans. Of course, the author wants people to believe that all jails are hotels. The truth is quite the opposite in many areas. I know that here in my county in SC inmates in jail for minor infractions are treated like vermin and not even allowed glasses so they can read while they are incarcerated.

    • macawma

      You know this first hand, Karolyn, because….you’ve been there?

      • Ted Crawford

        Karolyn is a ’60′s , free love, free drugs, wander around looking for their heads type. A faithful deciple of her Uncle Saul and an makes avid use of Sauls Rule Ten !

      • chester

        First hand experience in Missouri says no jail here is like what that man says he saw in London town. Most of them are not quite as bad as what Karen described for her area, but they still are not fun places to be. Personally, would rather spend time in the care of the state than the counties, but even there you find no posh quarters. The BEST you are going to find unless you are a kiss a** or worse is a nine by twelve concrete block room with one window, bars or expanded metal over it, and a toilet and sink IN YOUR ROOM , to be shared with the other guy living there. Not quite a dungeon, but not a good place to live. Oh, for your three squares a day, you get to hike anywhere from a couple of hundred yards to a half mile or so to get to a mass feeding place where anywhere between sixty and a thousand other men are trying to eat. Meals are usually not terrible, but far from being anything that chef would have recognized as edible food.

      • chester

        Sorry, Karolyn, messed up on your name in my earlier post. Called you Karen, who you are not.

  • RivahMitch

    If jail were less comfortable, as it should be, it would be a more effective deterrent.




    • Doctor Mom

      Does the name Sheriff Arpaio come to mind?

      • A Concerned American Citizen….

        Hurray!!! for Sherriff Joe…. God Bless this man… An Honest to Goodness REAL AMERICAN… for the Constitution, Second Amemdment, and KEEPING AMERICA FREE….

  • Ted Crawford

    The Progressives should make use of him in their Campaigns ! He is the living example of the ideal citizen in their Progressive Utopia !

  • Ben Gardner

    Damn! I’m a writer and I just finished a short story that is similar (except that it was a false arrest in the first place, but my protagonist had six months to kill so used his “right to remain silent” and not say a word to the detectives. It pisses off the judge when he finally goes to trial that he had an iron-clad alibi all the time but chose to live off the state for a half year.

    • dcjdavis

      Thanks for the laugh…I bet it’s a great story. No apologies for my warped sense of humor.:)

  • JimH

    3 hots and a cot. All in a gated community. Plenty of security.
    What more could a bum want.

  • Catlanding

    Talk about crime encouragement. Need a comfy new home? Why struggle with working for a living? Just commit a crime! Free room & board, cable ready, computer access, even
    sports equiptment. Free medical care, lots of social contacts, & sympathetic lawyers.
    Many other ammenties unmentioned. No talent, skills, or education required. All you need is low, to no morals, & a little imagination. If your crime is weird enough, you could even
    wind up famous. If the gun control liberals have their way, committing crimes will become even easier! This is what is known in America as “progressive.”

    • TIME

      Dear Cat,

      Man did you hit the bloody nail on the head!

      We have more laws / Acts that make the middle class criminals than all other nations combined!
      Yet how many Americans still think they are FREE?

      Yes indeed the UN SAT / or ATT will effect 1 out of every 2 Americans, thus that means that well over 150 MILLION Americans will be criminals over night in the eye of the Criminal De Facto gov we have.
      Now thats some progress!

      The sad part is that the “Middle class” is whats being made ILLEGAL and they just can’t see it. So That begs the question; how many of them will end up behind bars?

      So how many of you still think that can’t happen here?
      Was that not just what was said about Obama care too?

      How bloody sad we have so many mindless sheep.

      Peace and LOVE.

    • chester

      @Catlanding AND Time, sure don’t know where YOU were in jail at, but would love to have spent time THERE. All the places I have seen, NO computer access whatsoever. Phone in the dayroom, but only two ways to call, either collect, or buy a time card at the canteen. Note, this was prison, NOT jail. Phone in jail was collect calls only, with a five dollar connect fee, then about fifty cents a minute for every minute, including the first one. One tv for upwards of twenty inmates, but it was on cable, big deal unless you are the one who gets to choose what is to be watched. You get two sets of ORANGE scrubs so you will have one to wear while the other is out for laundry. Anyone who thinks jail, or prison, is a paradise, can find a few thousand people who will gladly trade places with you.

  • Wumingren

    No one has mentioned the sexual attacks some men endure while incarcerated. Three hots and a cot cannot make up for taking it up the rear end and being forced to give blow jobs. One guy I worked with had spent time in prison. He didn’t have any front teeth. He explained that other inmates knocked his teeth out so that when they forced him to give blow jobs, he couldn’t bite. Naw. Nothing is worth that sort of humiliation.


      “Wumingren,” WHAT A HOOT!

  • Voice of Reason

    I don’t know what jails you have seen but as a former civic leader we visited four institutions for “lower learning” here in Florida. Believe me they are no country clubs. You are locked in for over 12 hours a day or more in a 10 by 6 cell with two inmates per cell. There is a wooden door with a narrow slit of a window. There are no windows to gaze to the outside world with, there is a concrete elevated area with a 2″ mat, not mattress, that one inmate sleeps on and a molded plastic “boat” that the other sleeps on on the floor. There is no privacy and no luxuries! If you are claustrophobic you are in trouble! The exercise area in the County jail was maybe a 30 by 40 foot area surrounded by a 20 foot wall covered in barb wire. The temperature in the cell with the door closed (not locked in our case) was about 78-80 degrees. The common area module (pod) that we were shown had two group seating areas were they ate and if fortunate watched a 19″ TV 10 feet off the ground showing Court TV!

    At the County Court House behind the court rooms is a catacomb of narrow halls with holding cells that could contain as many as 25 or more inmates with a wooden door with that same narrow vertical window. A tomb as it were. The Coliseum before sent to the lions.

    The prisons (where you go if you have more than a year to serve) were a slight step up because the inmates slept in open pods (if not dangerous) and moved about with a bit more “freedom”. But overall, the thing that I believe many missed writing here is that each one has a very real loss of freedom. That which some of us fought for and others take for granted. If you knew the ridiculous reasons that some of these folks were in for, you would not be, I think, as cavalier about putting people in cages.

    In many cases for the long term inmates there is little to do. Many are not getting their much needed civilian education but instead a criminal education. Do you think the majority are rehabilitated by the system that treats them like animals? It only builds more resentment to the “man”. Have you ever seen an abused caged animal, the first thing it wants to do when released is bite someone. I am, by know means, a liberal and spent 18 years in the military and am a combat veteran. The system that has been employed for 100 years or more has not worked and in my opinion will never work. Einstein said, I paraphrase “if you continue to do the same thing over and over and expect a different outcome, that is the definition of insanity”. We do need a system that separates REAL criminals from the rest of us but then they need to see that there is a better way to spend your life. Recidivism is high because these people learn no skills, pay their time, come out and can’t get a job as a felon, so what do they do? The do what they know to get by. Yep, crime!

    There is a minority of folks in jail that should never get out, in my opinion, there is another group that can be rehabilitated, albeit, with a lot of work but many are in for minor infractions that if realized by the ordinary citizen would put most of us in jail.


      “Voice of Reason,”


  • Palin16

    Why are these two criminals being allowed to watch TV? Take all the TVs out of prisons and save the taxpayers an unneccesary expense.

    • Jazzabelle

      The rationale is, if there is no TV then the inmates get bored and pick fights.

    • chester

      Friends, those two inmates are in their day room,where they get to spend most of their time. About the only things they don’t do there are shower, use the toilet, and sleep. Finding JUST two inmates watching that thing is unusual, as there would normally be anywhere from fifteen to fifty men in that unit. And it is a slam dunk guarantee that without that television up there, you would need twice to three times the number of guards on patrol at all times. That is typical of most jails and lower security prisons.

  • 45caliber

    A lot of prisoners like it in the prisons. As one told me once, “I have three good meals a day, a place to sleep, I don’t have to worry about bills or laundry or anything like that, I have my ‘ho in the next bunk and I have you guards to wait on me! Why should I want to get out?”

    They don’t have to think in there. Everything is on a schedule and the guards are the ones to see that everyone follows the schedule. Basically they get up about six and eat breakfast. Then they go out on work teams. If it rains – or even looks like it – they sit in the break room and watch TV all day or sleep. They come in at lunch and go back out for another couple of hours if needed. They take a shower and then take things easy until supper – usually in the break room. They eat and are then allowed an hour of exercise – if they want to go. Then they spend the rest of the evening in the break room before going to bed about 10. No thought is needed.

    • Fr. Jim Rosselli

      For many, it’s just as you say. For the “‘ho in the next bed,” who is usually a weaker guy, and not at all a volunteer, life may not be so idyllic. Neither is it for the weaker guy who resists becoming a “‘ho,” and is stabbed in a corner of the break room when you’re not watching momentarily.

      it is possible to live a “no thought is necessary” life–but how great is that?

      Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of respect for Correction Officers. It’s a very dangerous branch of law enforcement that requires an enormous amount of sensitivity and patience.
      But you are describing the successfully “institutionalized” inmates. For those who work to retain–or recover–their humanity, there are few worse places to be.

      At least that was my impression after six months as a volunteer chaplain.

      • 45caliber

        Fr. Jim:

        I didn’t say it was good for all of them – just a lot of them. Many do want out although many of those also immediately commit more crimes thinking they won’t get caught again. The shortest time I’ve heard is 45 minutes (in Houston) from release to arrest for armed robbery. Most of the prisoners believe that the only reason they were caught was bad luck. And that can’t happen twice, right? Further, they believe that EVERYONE is equally guily – we are just luckier. Of those I saw while a guard there, I suspect that less than 5% will attempt to make a new life and never go back after they get out.

        You are to be respected for volunteering to help them. I salute you.

      • Voice of Reason

        Father Jim, I certainly agree with you. The “institutionalized” inmate you allude to is very real. Let’s set the scenerio; you have just been sentenced to over a year in jail, what would the average person do? I believe they would first be upset and depressed but in order to survive, they need to adapt, to give-up to the system to keep them sane and alive. It is survival on a raw level, as our POW’s have had to learn in the past. You surrender to the reality of your situation. If you don’t you will go crazy! You try not to give up your humanity but you must adapt. Anyone that has been in combat knows the same emotion. You are taken out of a society like the US and placed in a foreign situation that demands that you learn how to survive. That means do things you would not normally do. I believe prison (or jail) requires the same mindset; accept your situation, modify your thought process, try to find something positive about it, try to build alliances and do your time as quietly as you can. Of course in the military you volunteered for that, being incarcerated is not voluntary, that makes it worse! I do agree that “if you do the crime you do the time” but some don’t know any better, some are trying to survive in this economy and “cut” corners to eat or pay bills, and most of us don’t even know all the ways that any one of us could be accused of breaking the law.

        I don’t believe all inmates should be treated equally. If you can be rehabilitated you should be given the chance. If not, you do hard time! Simple! I have been a crime victim and know the passion that folks have when they have had crime touch them but someone who steals the stereo from your car should not be treated the same as someone that has committed homicide or armed robbery, or child abuse!

        Humans are very adaptable, you can see it in every day society, e.g. “institutionalized” government employees vs. “adventurous” entrepreneurs. One person likes the security of having a job that you can’t be fired from but must endure incompetence as the norm and advancement as an illusion, while the other likes the challenge of building something from scratch and the passion of self reliance (in spite of the comments from our esteemed commander and “thief”) but must take high risks that may give them success and satisfaction or failure and the loss of possibly, everything.

        It is true that a small minority of those in jail may see it as a “step-up” from their miserable lives and even want to be there but most of us and most of those there, if they had their “druthers”, would certainly not want to be there!

  • Fr. Jim Rosselli

    My experience as a volunteer chaplain with Yokefellow Ministries tells a different story than the “easy deal” assumed by many who have never actually been exposed to the prison environment.

    For the actual facts, and sensible solutions, I recommend becoming familiar with the work of the late Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship ministry.

  • Palin16

    I just read today that Mark David Chapman, John Lennon’s killer, has been transferred to a different prison in NY. This comes just prior to his sixth parole hearing in August. Why the transfer after 30 years at Attica? Sounds like they are planning to parole him this time and don’t want anyone to know his wearabouts. Chapman has received more death threats than any prisoner in US history.

  • Leonard W. Giddens Jr.

    That article is a lie. When ever there is open house or visitors to a prison, there are preparation made for that day. Yes things are supper clean but no luxuries. The prisoners must keep the place spotless or loose TV, yard call, visits and any other privileges. The guards want eat the food and in most cases want drink the water. You can not talk about prison until you have spent time there as a convict.

    • 45caliber


      The prisoners are indeed meant to keep the place clean. If it gets dirty, disease can be a problem. The guards can and do eat the food – when they can. Unfortunately, at least here in Texas, we aren’t given the time to eat a lunch at all in most cases. It is good food and I enjoyed it when I could get it. The water is also fine. I drank it all the time. You are right that prisoners can be punished by taking away privileges if the prisoners don’t keep things clean. That is the only thing allowed by courts. I hope you learned your lesson while inside and don’t go back.

      • Voice of Reason

        “45″, I empathize with your situation as a guard. I don’t mean any disrespect but haven’t you also become “institutionalized”. Don’t get me wrong, your job can be very boring or very dangerous at a moments notice, I would not want it. But your views may be skewed and a bit cynical because you are a law ENFORCEMENT officer. Here in Florida, if you are jailed for even an outstanding warrant for unpaid traffic tickets, the earliest you can expect to bond out would be 20-24 hours!

        I know of a young man that was attacked by his girlfriend while working on the computer because she said he wasn’t paying attention to her and guess who went to jail? She accused him, the arresting officers took her word for it and he was in jail for over a week (even though she admitted later that she was to blame) and the minimum bail for release was $2500 that this kid had to borrow! That’s not including his future attorney and court costs. Plus he lost his job! Justice? I think not.

        Another case was a man that finally found a shift job so that he could pay his child support and living expenses and court ordered payments for a substance abuse workshop sessions he was required to attend (I think it was for DUI). He was placed in jail for violation of probation (VOP) because his boss changed his shift which interfered with those sessions. He tried to change the sessions but his probation officer ignored him and told him “go or else”. He tried to change his shift (even though it would mean a pay cut) but his boss said “change or be laid off”. If he didn’t pay his child support and court ordered payments he would have been cited for VOP. So what was he supposed to do? He worked, paid child support and court payments but was violated for not attending the classes even though the probation officer knew the situation. Justice? I think not!

        I know a lot of correction officers; “there for the grace of God, go them”! They are not perfect or angels either. I do realize your cynicism, though.

        By the way, where does all the money go that is paid in court costs and fines? I know that we pay for bailiffs and judges by our taxes and the court houses and jails are built and maintained also by our taxes, all those clerks and secretaries are also paid by taxes. So where is all that “court cost” monies going???? Humm?

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