State Corrections Committee chair Jerry Madden has stated to the Backgate that he is looking into the current system of mediation as we know it within the agency. The Backgate story published yesterday regarding the broken system of TDCJ mediation that allows some TDCJ employees back to work after committing severe rule violations and even sometimes illegal acts is under review by the house Corrections Committee Chairman.
In an email to the Backgate from Representative Madden, he states that the current system is now under review by the committee. The Backgate recently received information under the Texas open records act that showed that some terminated employees were allowed back to work after the TDCJ internal mediation process found loopholes in the current system that allowed them back. Some of those employees where charged and found guilty of acts that were illegal, to include establishing intimate relations with offenders. Charges that are described in the Texas penal code as a state jail felony.
Is TDCJ overlooking such charges to maintain staffing levels ? If so, what examples for new incoming staff members does that provide ? Has the agency sold itself out to avoid legislative scrutiny over staffing issues ? Is this adding to an atmosphere of corruption that has plagued the agency for years ? Stay tuned, thousands of Texans and other readers want to know...