Florida Sheriff: No Underwear (And No Dignity) For You!

Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

Jail Reformer Grady Judd

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has a budget problem. Claiming concern about having to make job cuts in a tough economy or to provide luxury items to inmates, this prison reformer took the path of least resistance. Problem is, to Sheriff Judd, “luxury items” include jail-provided underwear. Seems the prison uniform includes the proviso of “going commando” for the male inmates. Female guests face no such concern and are provided free undergarments and the reason for the different treatment is a tad unclear. Maybe Sheriff Judd is teaching the value of smooth panty lines. In any event, the foundation-free policy is saving his budget $45,000.00 or as Judd puts it “$45,000.00 is one person’s job we’re saving. If inmates want to wear underwear in jail, they can buy it, just like hard working Polk County citizens do.” Lest you think Judd a throwback to the days of Les Miserables, you should know that entrepreneurship is alive and well at the Polk County jail. Briefs can be purchased for $2.54 and boxers for a mere $4.48. And to avoid the tedious chore of having to inspect the skivvies for weapons, male inmates may not bring in their own underwear. No word yet on two for one sales, or if other “luxuries” like tooth brushes and toilet paper will become items offered for purchase at the jail.

Judd’s new policy is right in line with other creative jail reforms he’s instituted, like the necessity or removing basketball goals during Christmas time so the inmates have more time to do push ups and sit ups. Judd also instituted a two dollar a day “subsistence fee” to offset the cost of providing the food the inmates receive again to “honor” the hard-working men and women of Polk County — not those slackers mind you.

Seems taking away a citizen’s freedom isn’t enough for one Florida sheriff, as those under his care are entitled to neither support nor dignity. Should make for an interesting 14th and 8th Amendment case for the local federal district court.

Source: UPI; Florida Sun Sentinel

~Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

34 thoughts on “Florida Sheriff: No Underwear (And No Dignity) For You!

  1. I live in Polk County and can tell you this guy is nothing but a publicity hound and brown-noser to the local citrus wealth He has his eye on a higher political career hoping to achieve it by way of pandering to the bible thumpers and redneck blood-lusters. It’s believed that he has a small shrine set up in his home to the infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona.

  2. Sheriff Grady Judd… But, hey, what’s in a name… Oh, and, of course, it’s Florida.

    Thanks for the insights of a “local,” culheath. Regarding:

    “It’s believed that he has a small shrine set up in his home to the infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona (culheath).”
    :-) (There are too many of his ilk in positions of power.)

  3. Since most of the people in the county jail are those who cannot make bail before trial, somebody needs to point out to this fool of a sheriff he is administering punishment first, and then having a trial. I was similarly outraged at Arpaio, but he provides pink underwear at least and does not charge prisoners for food.

    I went to Arpaio’s web site a long time ago, and found out that he seperated those who had been convicted, and those who were waiting for trial when he did the forced work details. I also got a great laugh at his most wanted posters. I thought that there would be murderers, and major crime suspects. Instead, 95% of the wanted were deadbeat parents! He later took that down, I guess because hunting down and imprisoning mommys and daddys does not comport with a tough guy image. Also, almost all inmates are guilty of only misdemeanors, waiting for trial, or guilty of non-payment of child suppot. The real bad guys and gals are in state prison for long stretches of time. It is MUCH easier to beat up on folks who are not hardened criminals or guilty of major crimes to get a tough guy image.

  4. mespo,

    Might I suggest the more appropriate tag line for the photo might be “Jail Deformer Grady Judd”? He sure has gotten cynical and bitter since they threw him out of the band.

  5. In many jails, inmates are required to purchase basic items such as toothpaste and soap. Generally, an indigent prisoner pack is available to those who have no funds in their commissary accounts, or have not had any funds in the account for a set period of time.

  6. Thanks, Culheath, for the insight. Once a guy goes around dropping phrases like the “hardworking men and women of Polk County,” you know he’s more panderer than public official. Demagogues are the worst!

  7. A little more research discloses that ol’ Grady is a religious zealot too — you know a spare the rod kind of guy. Here’s some insight into the lawman who took the basketball goals from the jail and donated them to the local churches and who’s on a mission to drive out adult-oriented busineses from Polk County. Ah, these Christian soldiers marching as to war; why don’t they pick on somebody their own size.


  8. “A little more research discloses that ol’ Grady is a religious zealot too.” -mespo727272

    Not a surprise…. Thanks for the addition/link.

    (quote) Judd is an unabashed Baptist, and does not hesitate to impart his moral judgments publicly. “There are people in our society that are evil,” Judd told the Weekly in January. “Our job is to protect the good people from the evil people.” (end quote)

  9. From mespo’s link:

    “…..the group Atheists of Florida, EllenBeth Wachs, is suing Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, alleging that her own arrest in March on charges of falsely posing as a licensed Florida attorney was in fact Judd’s way of punishing her for her vocal opposition to his religiously-charged brand of punishment.”



  10. Well mespo,

    If you are not familiar with the proper way to drag race, you’ll leave more than just skid marks….

  11. If he’s so religious what ever happened to “Hate the sin, love the sinner.”
    What’s wrong with this is so damned obvious. We are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Even if you accept, what is to me immoral treatment of prisoners by profiting from them, many have not been convicted and so are really presumed guilty by having their possible wrongful incarceration used as a money raising scheme. Isn’t the current request to have Cayley Anthony pay for her trial costs, when found not guilty a similar enterprise?

    I know in Florida, if you even want a court hearing about a traffic fine, there is an upfront cost to go before a judge, that is non-refundable. What harm these pseudo-conservative morons are inflicting on the justice of this country.

  12. Did you ever notice that these types of overtly moralistic and religious folks are often the least moral and ethical of people? They don’t necessarily like to practice what they preach.

  13. I read this earlier and could not think of anything to write that would be safe for women, children, small animals and the easily offended to read. So I will throw in one of my favorite Scottish story songs, which seems appropriate under the circumstances.

  14. Well mespo,

    “innocent until proven guilty” is a misnomer….Most peoples thinking is that they must be guilty or they would not have been arrested…..

  15. “You well know that “innocent until proven guilty” is nowhere to be found in the King James Bible!”


    How stupid of me not to understand that the KJB is the only law to Christian Fundamentalists. Yet I’m confused, because isn’t Muslim law defined in the Koran and aren’t some of its followers just as certain it is the one true law.
    Who’s right? Maybe they should fight it out. Oh wait, they are. The rest of us will just have to wait for the answer until one side kills the other in the name of God’s love. Hallelujah!

  16. Mike S. Isn’t the current request to have Cayley Anthony pay for her trial costs, when found not guilty a similar enterprise?

    Yes, emphatically YES! I used to have great respect for the law and the courts that administer it. The law isn’t justice but generally was a solid framework to try to achieve it. Now? Now it seems to have devolved to a level of pettiness in it’s execution so that I don’t even recognise it anymore.

    Forfeiture laws are a good example of illustrating your point also Mike.

  17. “Forfeiture laws are a good example of illustrating your point also Mike”.


    You’re right about forfeiture laws and it is why I’m not a fan of RICO, which is now used in ways not intended, at least in overt statements, by its’ creators. Naturally, I’m not a fan of criminal behavior, nor behavior that harms others, but those charged with creating and upholding the law seem to believe they could never be negatively affected by it. It is people’s total moral certainty that galls me. While I’m quite passionate about the things I believe in, I’ve seen enough of life to know that there is little any of us can be absolutely certain of being always true. That’s not moral relativism, but the recognition that we are an infinitely small part of an infinitely big cosmos.

  18. “Mike S. Isn’t the current request to have Cayley Anthony pay for her trial costs, when found not guilty a similar enterprise?”

    There is also enterprise in the courtroom for innocent court watchers.

    Case in point was in court with one of my sons for a traffic ticket,I forgot my cell phone was on and it went off,I had to pay $50.00 to get my phone back.I tryed talking to the court clerk,got no sympathy.Told me the same thing happened to him,and he works in that courtroom everyday.

  19. It’s funny that Sheriff Judd is trying to save money with underwear when a few months ago he authorized the use of the sheriff department’s credit card and jail personnel to transfer (and install) tax-payer property (jail basketball goals) to eight area churches in a politically motivated ‘Christmas’ public relations stunt.

    And shortly after a church/state separation activist resident of his county (EllenBeth Wachs) challenged his actions and issued FOIA requests for information about his expenditures surrounding his PR event, Judd sent over a dozen of his deputies, in SWAT tactical gear, to her home arrested and jailed her and had her home searched and personal items and documents seized. Why? Because Ms. Wachs, a retired attorney, had used the letters “Esq.” (an honorific used by both practicing and retired attorneys) after her name on those FOIA requests to the sheriff!

    But this wouldn’t be her last visit by Judd’s deputies or to his jail. Several weeks later, SWAT deputies again dragged her from her home and arrested her on another trumped-up felony charge. For this she would spend a week in solitary confinement until a new bail was set.

    See more … http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-christian-sheriff-to-stop-persecuting-atheist

  20. Just another kiss-up. Those being kissed-uped to will reward him with votes but they ain’t ever goin’ to let him marry into the family.

  21. at 2.54 for tighty whities and 4.48 for boxers somebodies gonna be making a bit of change. wonder whose pocket that goes to.

  22. John Kiefer, I followed our link and found out that EllenBeth Wachs is suing the sheriff, good. I hope she wins. He is using his office harass and punish her for exercising her rights. He needs some time in his own jail. What a piece of work he is.

  23. Bully for him. He is the Sheriff and should be able to decide what they wear. I am pleased to no end that that bitch got arrested. She should go to jail.

  24. some of you are leaving out the fact that casey told lie after lie which cost the taxpayers undue hundreds of thousands. had she told the truth from the beginning then none of this would be happening. had she not lied about her daughter being with a babysitter! had she not lied about who the father was! had she not lied about how and when the child lied. then all the money spent in overtime and for searches etc could have gone for other things. so trying to equate her case with this one is a misnomer

  25. I am a fellow atheist and have had run in after run in with her and although she loves to keep saying she is for gay marriage , she is one of the biggest homophobes I have ever met . In my oppion Ellenbeth Wachs is a shyster and a hoodwink and this is coming from a fellow atheist.

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