While reading in the Sept. 7 New York Times about problems with inmates at the Oregon State Hospital, of the “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” infamy, I was struck by the parallels to Nebraska’s failures, year after year, to solve our own prison management’s shortcomings.
Nebraska’s Gov. Pete Ricketts has been struggling for almost four years to tame the bureaucratic beast, with very little success.
But in Oregon, the penal-hospital facility has finally been brought under control after hiring a new superintendent, Greg Roberts, who previously had similar successes in several other institutions in other states.
The Times quoted Roberts: “Very often when you find serious problems, the problem is one of three things: Leadership, leadership or leadership.”
Bob Copperstone, Wahoo