Monday, October 24, 2011

Question: Is agency Corruption on the rise ?

1. How many employees on your unit, by numerical percentages, would you say are corrupt in one manner or another ? Corruption meaning ; Introduction of contraband, relationships with offenders, etc.

2. Over the past ten years, do you think the agency has slowed any of the corruption ? 

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20 comments:

  1. To give it a fair number i would say 5 per shift per P-card and maybe more on larger units
    and as far as changes and elimination it somes and goes nothing consistant

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  2. I think the % is small, like 5% overall.....and no, I don't think the agency has slowed down the corruption over the past 10 years. Even with the mandate of searches of our person,,,,no, if the crook wants to get the stuff to the convict they will find a way to do it....they always do.

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  3. And with that being said, has the administration made it any easier for employees to report unit level corruption and not be retaliated against?

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  4. On my unit its probally a little higher now then before. The lack of pride & respect affiliated with the job is probally the leading cause. The more guilty everyone is treated trying to do their jobs the more moral drops making the con-games that much easier for the inmates to catch a officer. Make someone proud to be a public servant as a correctional officer, an the % of corrupt officers will fall. Every profession has corrupt people. With the #'s TDCJ has on payroll the %'s are high.. Maybe Austin & Huntsville should ask why, & what can be done to improve moral and officers precption of how the agency views them.. The most common phrase we hear is "if you don't like it quit & just leave" The agency at upper levels is reaping what its mid-level supervisors are sewing..

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  5. If the Wardens would inforce all rules on inmates, they would not dare ask for contraband. The inmates will tell you who is dirty. You better not trust anybody at TDCJ. Their is so much slack in security. Trustee camps the Officers park their cars in front. What a big security risk. At Jester 3 trustee camp not all inmates are searched returning from outside work. At Jester 3 front gate Officers do not search all day for employees bringing in contraband. Most Officers have poor training skills or just lazy on searches. It only takes one contraband to hurt you or your coworkers. We all need to do a better job.

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  6. TDCJ needs to end their convisary stores. we are supporting traffic and trading everyday. A inmate buys 13 icecream bars,20 candy bars,35 ramin noodles with no freezer or a/c and the temperature is 102. Even more after a football game. How stupid is the system.

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  7. Yes, how can a inmate buy a candy bar after he killed,raped,molested and robbed someone ?

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  8. Standards aren't being upheld. Selective enforcement of rules, regulations and miscellaneous standards leads to officers who pick and chose what they're going to obey and comply with.
    The number of young, immature officers is killing us and far too many of them enter the agency with no idea of what they're getting themselves into.

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  9. TDCJ! TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CLOWNS AND JOKES.

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  10. In C T Terrell Unit, some officers are intimidated, whoever they chose are made to look bad. On 10/25/11, they said they were doing vehicles' search at approximately 4-5 Am,using (battery)touch lights, not even electric lights. They will order you to leave your car and stand at a distance, then they will take the dogs into your car. In this kind of situation, someone can be set up. Does the agency know about this kind of thing? There should be adequate lights when vehicles' are being searched, especially in the early morning hours and late evenings or nights.

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  11. I would say at least 10% of 1st and 2nd shift,with a good 20% of 3rd are corrupt one way or another.Some officers bust their ass doing their job and get nothing but grief while other officers do nothing but sleep and bullshit with offenders and get told what great officers they are.Morale is so low that most good officers are just trying to make it to retirement or till they find another job.Too many times i am accused of paper counting (I NEVER PAPER COUNT) when most of the time it is the count room that has messed up,and what does the supervisor say,"just dont let it happen again" or "next time I'll have your job". How am I supposed to control the count room? The supervisors ride some of us like crazy while they look the other way from officers having sex with inmates and long term relationships. They dont always pat search officers coming in and when they do if it's a friend you can bet the search isnt to good. I loved this job when I started but I cant wait to get out. The laziness and corruption is just sickening.It will take a long time to change it,

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  12. All that being said, how many have attempted to report it, and why not if you haven't?

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  13. I have over ten years and when i started it was not this bad. We have supervisors that are horrible and they will be so nice to the dirty officers and hateful to the one's who do there job. I can't wait for retirement tdcj is not a good place to work anymore. They will hire and promote anyone these days.

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  14. Seashores says that all most every I see at Ellis is corrupt in one way or another. HROM, maintenance bosses, field bosses, and uniformed supervisors all the way up to the warden. This includes ag boss, which are right up there in the top three worst.
    From tools, veggies, feed, fire wood and cotton seed to lumber and lawnmowers. Not to forget about general waste of high dollar amounts.
    Yes, I have reported things in the begiingin, untill I realized that the ones I was reporting it to were just as involved as the others.
    So I said, "If you cant beat em', join em'!"

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  15. I would say AT LEAST 30 % of female officers are corrupt on day shift and 50 % on nights

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  16. I would estimate 10%. I do not think the system had done much of anything to actually slow down the contraband.

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  17. Almost ALL of the female "officers" on my unit are blowing convicts for money. They're nothing but prostitutes in uniform and they go to the highest bidder.

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  18. im an ex officer and my husband has been on quite a few units( we were together before i was an officer and he went in after i quit) but we have seen corruption on both men and women and alot of corruption by high ranking officers all the way up to the warden. some wardens would even come to us specifically because they knew his past and mine to see if we could entrap other officers or inmates and if we didnt then we would get in trouble. we finally said enough is enough and now the wardens did so much to him who knows when he'll see light again. and tdcj only covers it up ive gone to the media a few times with my concerns and every time tdcj shuts it down and fast.

    i would also have to agree about the moral issue. when i was a new boot and in ojt i was so proud to be there and proud of myself for finally doing something great with my life and it took all of 2 weeks for rank to break me down to feel like crap. like i was nothing and couldnt do my job so i just stopped careing figured if they were doing bad and didnt care then why should i and i know alot of people felt that way. and tdcj shouldnt hire so many women to work in mens prisons thats just asking for trouble.

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  19. I am a female officer and I have worked on a men's unit for over 15 years. I work hard and enforce all the policy that i know. I have never had relations with an offender and I have reported women that have. The ladies, on my unit, are a lot stronger than the men who work here. The guys allow the inmates to masturbate, traffic and trade and a let them keep all kinds of contraband. I guess I'm a bitch because I don't allow any of that.
    The problem is the age of the officer when they are hired. 18 year old do not belong in a prison enviroment. They are naive and haven't got a clue. The offenders are so close in age that they can easily manipulate these officers. Raise the minimum age for employment to 23 years old, with military service, and 25 years without military service. With maturity comes pride and with pride comes professionalism. Something a lot of supervisors lack as well.
    As far as the remark, " woment that work in a men's prison is asking for trouble," you're wrong. Gender is not the issue. It's age and maturity.

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