I was recently interviewed regarding inmate issues related to the Escambia County Jail Explosion. This tragedy appears to have been completely avoidable. Kudos to the Independent Weekly for their investigation. Many people were affected, and, unfortunately, our society forgets that inmates are our fellow brothers and sisters that are entitled to the same rights and respect as any other person.
Whatever your religious leanings, remember this scripture during these times: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me,I was in prison and you came to visit me. . . Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
I hope the Escambia County Commission heeds these words and tries to right the wrong these inmates suffered. They may or may not be innocent of crimes, but none of them deserved to be put through what they have endured.
Following graduation from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Eric Stevenson held a number of positions including Assistant State Attorney in the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. Eric has been practicing with partner Christopher Klotz since 2015 litigating personal injury and car accidents in Alabama and Florida.