Monday, June 6, 2011

Central prison unit tagged for closure, funding stops Sept 1st 2011, TDCJ admin still have not addressed employees.

By Tonya Peters, Backgate Website

The current staff members employed at the Central unit in Sugarland  will have until December 1, 2011 now as part of a new plan to shutter the 102 year old facility, but TDCJ administrators still have not addressed affected staff members with plans. Signed legislation red tagged the facility almost a month ago, and a statement the Backgate received from TDCJ spokesperson Michelle Lyons stated that the prison would not be funded past August 31, 2011. TDCJ has now stated that the facility has now begun the process of assisting employees find a new position within the agency, and even relocating employees housed in state supplied housing on the facility grounds.

Posted supervisory and other positions have been closed to allow Central unit staff members a shot at promoting out, or transferring out from the unit. A plan that may be too little to late in the eyes of some employees. During the legislative session, it was alleged by Central unit employees that the unit administration muzzled them and prevented them from speaking out publicly regarding the unit's closure. Allegations that TDCJ has denied. But now employees are speaking out regarding the lack of information, and lack of caring TDCJ has shown in dealing with the sensitive process of employees being forced to leave their homes and move there families out of the area. Employees have emailed us here stating that the administration has failed to pass along updates, information on relocating, or any other information to them as a whole since the ordeal began months back. Most have become frustrated and given up.

Many employees have grown roots in the Fort Bend County area near the facility and have expressed fear in being able to relocate their families to another area to continue there employment without driving long distances with high gas prices in place. It seems there needs to be more open communication and caring between TDCJ admin and the employees of Central. Updates need to be relayed to employees as it may affect there lives. It's not the fault of TDCJ why the facility is closing, but it's the fault of TDCJ that employees are having to reach out to the media for information that the agency should be supplying themselves.

13 comments:

  1. They haven't even talked to us about what units are available for us to be assigned to. While my bad they did say the Jesters are fully staffed, but other then that nothing. Supervisors are not even told anything, therefore they can't reply to their staffs questions. TDCJ has thrown us to the dogs. We have given many years of service to the state and this is how they repay us...

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  2. What do you except; it's TDCJ you are dealing with.

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  3. I expect from them what they expect from us "Professionalism"

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  4. There are many of us who drive 30 miles to get to work some carpool some don't. Get a gas saving car. It's no big deal.

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  5. Well, they had already started transferring inmates bout 2 weeks ago maybe more to other units from Central. The estimate inmate population is down to around 760 (building and trusty camp). But they still won't let us know where we are headed to....they need to at least the bare minimum 3 weeks before to prepare our families incase we need to move and transfer our children to other schools. C'mon TDCJ board members, help us out a little.

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  6. "They" have been doing stuff on the under for a while. Some is unlawful. That is why "they" are not letting people know and barred people from discussing it from the very start. The PAT test is being enforced in a manner that generates vacancies. People are being stopped outside inside the perimeter and searched by scent dogs for contraband. If there is a portion of a roach found anywhere in the vehicle, the employee is immediately terminated. If the employee has their presciption medication with them, the employee is immediately suspended and drug tested. There will be room for the Central unit officers.

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  7. WHITMIRE AND HOWARD ARE THE ONES TO REALLY BLAME FOR ALL THIS. HOWARD REALLY PUSHED THE CLOSURE BECAUSE WHAT I HAVE HEARD HE IS IN REAL ESTATE AND I'M SURE THIS WILL BENIFIT HIM SOMEHOW. AND WHITMIRE , WELL I THINK WE ALL NOW KNOW THAT HE LIED TO ALL ABOUT HIS SUPPORT FOR CENTRAL UNIT EMPLOYEES. HE DID AN ABOUT FACE ON THEM. WHO IS HE ANY WAY TO BE ABLE TO JUST HURT LIVES AND NOT CARE PERIOD. BUT WHEN HE GOT THAT CALL FROM THAT INMATE HE WANTED EVERYBODIES HELP.

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  8. The way goverment officials voted for or approved the Sugarland sale is just the way Texas politics has been since the Civil War. The property was worth too much to house a prison. It should have been sold during the last two decades to avoid the loss of tax revenue. The public officials get their cut one way or another. Candidate Bill White tried to take down the for sale sign in Austin, but we either didn't vote or voted for the for sale sign to stay. Not enough of us voted to take it down. This is especially true of the State employees and retirees who make up a large voting block. Only problem I have is the firing of employees as a means of avoiding furloughs and other types of employee assistance. For the next few years we will have a governor who is spending most of his time attempting to put up a for sale sign at the White House.

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  9. I feel sorry the employees at Central unit, but in all honesty, this IS TDCJ!! How much compassion, understanding, LOGIC can you really expect?? Rather part of system, loved one of someone in system, or victim..tdcj SUCKS. They are illogical and only care about the money, nothing else!! They are totally inhumane and anyone who disagrees obviously knows nothing about TDCJ.

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  10. Stop !there are plenty of units available to transfer too.I am sorry they are closing your unit.And to those people that think we are inhumane. Stop your self think again we are not all like that some do are job and do care.We don't work in the best environment. And we do understand how it is to be locked up. We are there.Not for money. We don't get paid that well. We put our life's on the line everyday and never know what to expect from day to day. We Give them what that state allows.And lets not forget they committed Crimes and we are there to protect the community. By keeping them locked up and doing there time. After that its up to all citizens to help them regenerate them back in to society. So please stop pointing fingers take a look at the big picture. Thank you proud to be a Correctional Officer for TDCJ Garza West Unit

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  11. yup and i hope you dont pay child suppoer caus you now unemployed ... now i hope you get to know what it like to be on my side of fence ... i now hope you see what manny of us are going threw with the loss of jobs ... enjoy your lil check till it run out... good luck finding a GOOD job...

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  12. You have a job. . .you get paid for doing the job. . .if you're not satisfied with the working conditions or the compensation . . . you are free to go find another job, that is more suitable to your needs. Considering the current state of our ever deteriorating economy . . .good luck with that. . .

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  13. What I'm interested in is: Will employee housing be EXPANDED at the units in Brazoria County?

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