Friday, April 13, 2012

Backgate Site Poll: Would you as a current TDCJ employee feel safe in reporting unit corruption ?



 By Doug Glass, Backgate Website

It's been an issue for years, and it's only getting worse say some employees. Can you trust your unit administration to handle accusations of corruption in a safe and professional manner without putting you in the line of fire ? Would you report you're co-worker if you saw him/her engaged in a kiss or hug with an offender ? Would it be worth becoming involved ? Would you rather report your accusations directly to your unit OIG investigator ? We will explore these issues in coming weeks right here in this forum. If you have any input please post your comments below. Just keep them civil, and clean.

Also, please take a minute to take our site poll in the column to the right !

23 comments:

  1. I would report it to the people On the Unit Immediately who I know I can trust

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  2. Poor John Paul Soddard. He just doesn't have a clue.

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    1. Really! Dear paul, tell us who can you trust this must be known! You best wake up and realize just who you work for.

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  3. John Paul StoddardApril 14, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    For 14 Months I worked on the shakedown crew..during that time I worked for the Senior Warden along with the GP Major and the Unit Admin Captain.. I know we walked off a few during that time. People do not realize how much evidence it takes to get to the point where they cam be walked off. Nobody is walked off for hearsay only..also been known to tell a Senator about stuff. Have a good day

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  4. If there is corruption on a unit I can guarantee that the ones on top know about it(snitches,ect). If they are involved in it they sure are not going to blow their cover and if they know about it and are not doing anything about it they sure don't want it getting out that they knew and didn't do anything. So if you think you're going to run up front and clear the air, you're in for a rude awakening.

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  5. I don't trust many of the coworkers well enough to report an inssue or go directly to a supervisor. I have brought items of interest to OIG and nothing seems to have happened. Shortly after I started fading some heat,,,,although policy indicates that retaliation does not exist. Yeah, right

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  6. Reporting it wouldn't be a problem at all. sitting back and watching nothing being done is the problem.

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  7. That is sad, but true. Seeing that nothing gets done is the main problem. Staff does not step forward for this reason. There are many incidents occuring right now that we are not reporting. The new trend going on is to cover all tracks of the incident. Like the one that just happened at The R Sanchez on second shift. The four officers were hesitant to report exactly what did transpire during a fight. Who is to blame for this new trend? The overflow of chiefs who supposedly run the prison without the proper amount of staff manning it.

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  8. That being said, how do we change that culture within the agency?

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    1. With that being said Backgate. Sorry to say that the agency does not want to change. The Agency changes the rules and Policies to fit its agenda just like it did with the staffing plan. There are ways to force change for the better, but that alone is a very delicate stategy. What you are doing is a beginning, and I salute you for your efforts.

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  9. I would report every incident or suspicion directly to the Deputy Executive Director - Mr. Bryan Collier. He seems to pay attention to ALL rumors big or small, real or imagined. At least those outside his circle of buds. Afterall, where there's smoke there's fire - right?

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  10. Checks and ballances in the units is lacking. The unity between the first three or four highest security positions in the units does not always spell good. They unite to shoot down what they feel is any opposition. Again, their position is like a duplication of function. There should be external eyes on these units' administration every month or two to check their excesses. If there is an address for anonymous letters or mails to Huntsville, it will be helpfull. Wishing TDC well.

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  11. They use their position to bring unnecessary investigations on those they don't like - talking about the supervisors. They harrass, intimidate and set people up, like in RIII unit. You only imagine why they do all of these.

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  12. Management is very selective about reacting to anonymous complaints. If the complaint is against one of the "clique" then it will be buried and ignored. If the complaint is against someone they have already targeted they will spare no resources to investigate it. Management is corrupt and no one is fooled by their "dog and pony" shows. They are not respected, but they manage by fear.

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    1. You are so right! If you play golf with the good ol' boy club then they will go to hell and high water to save you. If you a "nobody" then kiss your butt goodbye.
      Until TDC see us as people and not as numbers it will never change. It gets old hearing "there are a hundred more that waiting to take your place."

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  13. THATS WHY THE BEST THING TO DO,IS JUST GO TO WORK ,DO YOUR HOURS AND GO HOME...DO NOT WORRY ABOUT WHAT THE NEXT PERSON IS DOING..PRETTY MUCH THE REASON,WHY MANY OFFICERS KEEP TO THEMSELVES AND JUST DO THEIR JOB.....AND ALWAYS ANSWER,,YES SIR ,NO SIR..YES MAAM,NO MAAM....CUZZ THATS ALL RANK LIKES TO HEAR.....OUT OF SIGHT,OUT OF MIND...

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    1. The QUESTION was would you report corruption. Not how would you like your fantasy answered. Don't lose focus on the topic. Out of sight out of mind is the reason why the agency is the way it is. Corrupt.

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  14. The hardest this to do is to do the right thing. Although there are many staff that are willing to do what they are supposed to do, they feel like they are constantly getting shut down for bringing up allegations. As for the administration, we all know that the good 'ole boy network is still out there but is has slowly started to change. The best way that we can make things work in a positive direction is to continue to do what we know is right. I am sick and tired that when a supervisor asks about an incident, staff members say "I don't know nuthin' about it" when in fact they do. Investigations take place and when staff come back with that answer it makes things take even longer. Over the years I have done enough of them to know.

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  15. Sexual harrassment, sexism and ageism!!!!!! Pretty young girls with the least experience get the desk jobs (while their supervisors come sniffing around to flirt and harass, while older, dedicated, senior females are hidden away in a dorm or a pod. Men are used for the more dangerous jobs. Older Senior males are relegated to a tower....but there are no older females in the towers. Training is limited to those with that special quality....shall I say youth? I have seen new officers treated with such disdain and disrespect that they end up quitting. New officers are looked upon as ignorant and as dumb as a box of rocks. The arrogance of rank is palpable! Only mistakes and calling in sick are noted in monthly reviews. If you call in sick, you are punished the next day. If you call in sick, they hang up on you. If you express concern about something that is bothering you, they "mess" with you for a month. But worse than anything else.......making the assumption that all officers are dirty or corrupt. It seems that so much effort is wasted on trying to "catch" someone doing something wrong, whether or not an officer even gave it a single thought. Most are here to do a job and, hopefully, go home. There is so much stress concerning possible entrapment for "nothing" at all. I despise all of the "dirty" officers in the past who have ruined it for the honest, hardworking bosses who just want to do the job as best they know how, follow the rules, and support their families.

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  16. With regards to the main question, I don't know. I would be afraid of dismissal if I did not report something, and afraid of harassment and eventual dismissal, if I did. Hopefully, my integrity would overrule my fear.

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  17. nothing like reporting bad shit only to end up having to drive 5 hours to work because they transfer you because want you to quit before any more waves are created by you.

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