Monday, August 27, 2012

Hutchins state jail employee cries foul over private home search


UPDATE: 8-29-12

TDCJ has officially supplied a statement to the Backgate acknowledging the incident by stating; "We are aware of the situation and still gathering the facts. Unit staff did assist the officer in looking for the keys at the employee's residence with her consent. The keys were not located. The locks have since been re-keyed." - Jason Clark, TDCJ.

As we understand it, law enforcement has been made aware of the case and an investigation is pending at this point. 

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By Tonya Peters, Backgate Website

The Backgate received an email yesterday from a Hutchins state jail employee in Dallas. Apparently some unit based keys turned up missing 30 days prior and the unit Assistant Warden, along with his posse set out to the private residence of the employee to do a home shakedown. The employee consented after what she describes as intimidation by the Warden. A couple of well placed phone calls this afternoon verified that the incident actually occurred.

 The group of staff members searched her home for the set of keys. They were not found and the employee denies possessing them. The Office of Inspector General's office, who would normally investigate claims of theft, or misconduct, was not familiar with any actions with this employee. It seems the administration took it upon themselves to go off the unit, to a private residence, and demand entry. Fearing retaliation on the job, she allowed the search. TDCJ has been asked to provide a statement based on these claims, we are still awaiting a response from the media office at this point. We will update this story as more information is available. Jeff Pringle is the Senior Warden at the Dallas facility that holds 2,276 offenders and employs 285 security employees.

96 comments:

  1. If that were me, they might change the name of the unit, because when I got through with them, I might just OWN the unit. I understand the intimidation factor, so let's not be too quick to condemn her for consenting. I feel for her, as she now, well, already did, I guess, have a target on her back. If they want her, they will make her miserable until they get her, or intimidate her into quitting. I am sure we have not heard the last of this. Going to be very interesting. Who is the regional director for Hutchins? I wonder what kind of a CO she was, not that it makes any difference as to the original issue of the search. How does a AW and a couple of staff properly search a home for a set of keys? They could be anywhere it a search was expected. Attic, garage, trash can, toilet tank, bed mattress, and on and on. If one was expecting a search, it would be easy to hide keys where they would not be found.

    Something here just doesn't add up. As I said, this is going to get interesting.

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  2. I wonder if the warden considered a cavity search. And what would she have said?

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  3. I was a Captian at this facility and no longer with TDCJ, When I made the rank of Captian for three years with two administrations I was constantly harassed, I was approached with threats of my job from the current Assistant Warden on serveral instances,and was written up on every occassion you can think of. The current Major of the facility violated servral policies in which i reported to the EEO department but to no avail nothing was done to the Warden,Asst. Warden,and the Major who by the way made a racial comment to myself. I know this Supervisor and like me has a high integrity of the Job and the duties assigned to her. This is a common occurance at this facility, The Administration are highly corrupt and incompetent. I was the indivdual that stood for what is right and that along with a incompetent Asst. Wardens Judias acts againest me I allowed my own promotion away from this facility. I hope for justice in this situation for the corrupt and incompetent Warden Jeffery Pringle, his Major and his Asst.Warden get what is indebted to them. Texas Department of Criminal Justice should really pay close attention to who they select in these upper Administrative postions for the Hutchins Administration is poorly managing a 30 million dollar facility that the taxpayers of Texas is funding.

    Steven D. Scott

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  4. Who is to say that the employee isn't being smarter than she lets on? What if she did consent with the thought of suing later?

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  6. I am white, and I am offended. This is a hostile blog. Who can I sue? Who can I get fired? Who will take my side? Anyone know of a good lawyer that will take payments? Nah, really, I am pretty happy, just wanted to stir the kettle a little. Again, this is going to be worth keeping up with!!!!!!!

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  7. Well, I know it may be wrong to have let them search, but considering the source and her knack for attention and the need to be liked by others when she's not. Sadly, she already has a history of bringing keys to her home and refusing to bring them back. With that said, that gives the "crew" probable cause to want to search. Think about it. If you had a history of doing something would it be wrong for someone to make an assumption based on your history until you are proven innocent? That's all I'm saying. One thing I have learned working for TDCJ, if you don't want anyone in your business, don't give them a reason to be in. A lot of what has occurred is on her. I have worked with her from CO to Sgt. and she is not what you would call a "people" person. I understand that you're not paid to like anyone, but when you are in a supervisory position, it is your job to set an example in doing what is right and not how you want to do things. A very good warden once said to me, "If it's in black and white, you can't fight." But as stated before, she put a lot of this on herself. There's nothing wrong with admitting your faults. And if you are aware of how the system works, then say they did find the keys in her possession and disciplined her. They got this thing called a grievance. I'm just saying. I'd rather have had them find the keys and try to put discplinary on me for an inpromtu search that is obviously, not only gainst policy, but against the law. Henceforth, let them find the keys.....it will all roll downhill from there.

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  8. Well I can tell you this I have worked with this sgt before,and she has never done with me wrong. I can tell you this I have never in my life seen a unit ran like this. I can tell you this I think they need to clean house starting with the warden on down. This is a unit like no other.

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    1. Well said. I have seen officers write up supervisors over and over again and nothing is done because they are supervisors, especially supervisors who have a habbit of harrassing officers and NOTHING is done. The officers at this unit need some help from the outside...

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    2. I AGREE THAT NO MATTER IF YOU LIKE HER OR NOT ! SHOULD ANYONE BE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF AS SHE WAS . BECAUSE NEXT TIME IT CAN BE YOU ...... WATCHOUT OFFICERS ON THE HUTCHINS UNIT LOCK YOUR DOORS....

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  9. if this AW is the sameone that was a captain & major there...it does not surpise me...he was an idiot anyway (just my opinion) as well as the captain after him who i worked w/as a co in huntsville. do not know who the admin staff is there but the major who was there when i left i don't believe would have done this

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    1. The AW you are talking about is the one and I couldn't agree more. However, it is a different Major.

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  10. To Anon 6:11-- Even if she had a history of taking keys home, once she is off the unit they have no legal authority to search her or her property (home). "Probable cause" or not, they had no legal ground to stand on. If they really had a h**d *n that much for the search they should have gone the proper route and had OIG or a constable/peace office to accompany them. No judge would sign a search warrant for a non criminal investigative search much less for a set of keys.

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    1. Obviously, you only read and took what you wanted out of it. I never disagreed that the search was illegal, what I was saying is that, especially, with that particular unit, when you develop a history of doing something, some people believe, with their authority, that they can use that against them. How do I know? Because you do the same thing. As stated on 6:11, "when you're in a supervisory position, it is your job to set an example." Not to come in having mood swings because things aren't going well at home. Either way, had she not developed a history of taking keys and lying on people, none of this would be going on. Whether it's right or wrong, all she had to do was just bring the keys back. Complaining about how much of a drive you got to do does not justify stupidity. Bring the keys back, my bad, won't happen again....simple.

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  11. It doesn't matter if she has taken keys home prior and not brought them back. Write her up. BUT you cannot justify going to an employees home and intimidating a search of personal property. OIG has to take certain steps to do that and i know for a fact that the admin did not. The system has gone to far and will have to deal with this swiftly or the media will become involved. Im sure Senator Whitmire will enjoy the phone call from the reporter asking for the facts on this one.

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  12. Stupid is, stupid does. (What go's around comes around) Polk is nothing but a puppet he does what ever he is told to do. He get's on my nerve with always saying, "Boss Man or Boss Lady" that to me is so racist!

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    1. Just what "race" is "Boss"? I don't follow you.

      Also, what's up with all the Anonymous postings? Anyone out there besides, Steven, Kevin and I have real names? Man up, speak up, or sit down.

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  13. The AW is well known for intimidating people into doing things. He is known for forcing officers to work on his personal vehicle on state time and for making the officers take offenders to work on his personal vehicles. He is a total idiot and definitely has no guidance from the senior warden who doesn't have the sense to come in out of the rain by himself. Having previously worked at that unit, I am very aware of how stupid, incompetent and belittling the administration are to the employees. And as far as man up or shut, obviously you do not work at or have friends or family that work at that unit. That would definitely set them up for retaliation.

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    1. You would do well to remember that nobody can take advantage of you if you let them. You can always vote with your feet. ALL of you need to remember that!! There is a reason why so many units are short staffed - its because there are so many good paying jobs out there with none of the TDCJ BS.

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  14. They have NO right to search your home. How stupid can you be to let them in and give them consent. There are Wardens, AWs, Maj, Capts, LTs on and on that I have thought alot of but let one come to my home and tell or ask me to search and see what I tell them.

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  15. Stan The Bug Man is your real name? Good grief!

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    1. Everybody knows me as anonymous. I am known statewide, hell - even all over the nation.

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  16. Well it is what I was known by on the units from Colorado City, to Childress, to Dalhart and all points in between for the last 20 or so years, so I guess yea, that would be my name. More CO's, rank, and inmates know me as Stan the Bug Man, than any other name. I am certainly not hiding my identity.

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    1. Why would convicts know you by any other name than Boss? All their names is Convict. I see a problem here.

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    2. And just what would that problem be? No misconduct, nothing against any policy. Just because something is done different that you would do it does not make it a problem. It's not like I gave them my phone number, or address or my SS number. It was a title, and "handle" of sorts. Meant nothing more or less than being called "boss". After all is your name boss? Just relax. As I always say, "remain calm at all times". Jeez, it is sure easy to nick nerves on these message boards. I put in over 35 1/2 years, and the only way you can do that is to remain calm at all times.

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  17. We all know that no unit is great but out of all the units hutchins is the worst they only reason I say that is because they have more respect for the inmates hold on I mean offenders,than officers.So at these i can care less what happens to the S.W/A.W because since they both been at the unit all kind of positions came open only to the ones that run behind them but you make them they take it.Then give it back when they feel your feelings is hurt B.S.It only happen because we as hucthins officers let them..So everyone in the crew has been ones with special jobs so it is time to pay their dues... To the house that got searched it was your choice to let them in but you would think that she would come back a little humble but instead you come back the same way NOT A PEOPLE PERSON

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  18. HEY I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I HOPE THAT GOD DOES JUSTICE FOR HER.. I USE TO WORK ON THE UNIT AND SHE WAS A VERY CARING SUPERVISOR . BUT ALOT OF PEOPLE DON`T REMEMBER THE REAL REASON THAT A/W B.POLK HAD CAME FROM THE COLFIELD UNIT WHEN HE BECAME CAPTION BECAUSE "TDCJ" WAS HIDING HIM BECAUSE OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT CHARGES EVEN BACK THEN.....SO IT CLEARLY SHOWS THAT TDCJ WILL PROMOTE PEOPLE NO MATTER HOW THEY TREAT PEOPLE...

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  19. Come on now,that sgt is crazy and you know this mannnnn.......she tell you to do something then she write you up. Caring supervisor my ;/)

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    1. i wonder why this is going on so long.

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    2. GOD Help them all

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    3. To the person that said A/W B.Polk promoted to Hutchins form Coffield is mistaken. Polk was the major at Skyview when he was promoted to A/W. I know this because I was on Skyview when he was there and he was a sorry excuse for a major. Constantly threatening staff, constantly violating policy. Hutchins bosses,watch your back.Hopefully,this incident will be fully investigated and Polk and the S/W will be,at the very least fired,or better yet,prosecuted for a very blatant violation of the CO's constitutional rights.

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    4. ^^^^This person doesnt know what the heck they are talking about, Assistant Warden Balden Polk left Coffield as a Lt. then made Cpt. on Hutchins then left Hutchins to make Major on Skyview and now he is back on Hutchins as an Assistant Warden, the guy is a jerk and a loud mouth he hates his own skin he is like the living and breathing actual form of Ruckus off of the Cartoon the Boondocks, every chance he gets he is running around harassing, screaming and insulting Security personnel simply for the attention from other Staff members he will basicl fake it as if a person is doing something so horrendous or wrong simply so he can curse them out like a Dog while a crowd is around then as soon as that person turns the corner he will break out and laugh about how well he handled a fellow coworker in front of other coworkers and inmates, Oh and I will keep it real the only persons running they mouths on this post trying to talk trash are the Brown Nosers who are hoping things will stay the same so that they can continue to show up to work without a Job, Duty Post or a Task to do besides sitting in the office all day telling jokes with the Supervisors then sometimes leave the facility a few hours early with the time ever being taking from them.

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  20. Unit keys missing for 30 days? At my unit, if even a handcuff key goes missing, the unit is locked down and no one leaves until it is found or every cell in that building (and anywhere that officer had been that day) is searched. I don't even understand how keys could be missing for 30 days. Also, is there something we have signed as COs that gives up our right to due process in the privacy of our own home? We sign so many things, I am just curious if I missed that somewhere. This all seems out of line to me. What unit lets keys just stay missing for 30 days, even one day? And then no due process? I just don't get it.

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    1. I agree with you 100%. We do things and don't do things on this unit that alot of times I don't understand. The unit should have been locked down as soon as those keys whent missing. Instead, we waited 30 days until the unit was locked down and shaken down to try and find these keys. Sometimes I wonder if the officers are more securtiy minded than the upper adiministration...

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    2. really, you wonder that?? I know that upper administration is totally not security mind what so ever! lol

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  21. No there's no policy for this situation because it is a private decision by administration. I have never seen anything like this and if the agency turns a blind eye the creditability of tdcj can be damaged. OIG is used in the search of an employees dwellings with a warrant and law enforcement to assist. Even if this person gives consent there's nothing signed by her. That Sgts. Word againest his word and the policies of the agency as well as the constitution of the US. In a court of constitutional rights whatever the law states it's mandate shall rule. The law doesn't care about consents especially if you have an history of intimidating and perversions in your business policies. Its not personal it business ethics.

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  22. Hide ya wife, hide ya kids , hide ya husbands , and hide ya keys, cause they searching everybody out here!!!!!!!!

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  23. I work with this Sgt she is always concerned about us COs . She runs to any call to make sure we are safe. Most rank ignores any calls so they don't have to do paperwork.

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  24. As an officer at the Unit. I can say personally that this Sgt. in question has never treated me with nothing but respect and concern when I had a problem or concern about the offenders or officers. Same goes with Warden. But we do have some issues at our unit. Communication between rank and officers. I have gone over some of the comments other persons have put on this site saying that our unit is the worst.But you must remember that some of the other units have sent us the less desirable officers to work on our unit. We are having to deal with this and the good officers that transfer in go back to their old units as soon as they can. Those of us that have homes and a life here are having to carry on and work harder to maintain order. I have done my best to try to help and make sure that everyone here at my unit is treated with respect as much as possible offenders and officers alike. People are people

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  25. I hope BP gets what he deserves. It's easy for us to say "she shouldn't have let them in..." We were not in her shoes at that time. Whether she is known for taking keys home or not, nice or a total bitch, her privacy was still invaded. What is sad is the suck-ass bosses referred to as BP's posse will probably get fired and face charges and they will promote Polk again. IF you have had to work with him, then you know Polk thinks he is untouchable and above all rules. I hope he gets what he deserves. I am not at all surprised by his actions. As for being anonymous, totally understandable because retalliation is a very REAL thing.

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  26. Upon further consideration, I apologize for any disparaging remarks I made in reference to those wishing to remain anonymous on this and other message boards. I thought about it, and I see your point. Yes, retaliation is real. I guess I should count my blessings that being retired, they cannot touch me, at least not for stating my opinion. I hope more of you get to retire soon, and take to opportunity to speak your mind freely. Till then, be aware, the walls have ears. And sometimes eyes.

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      Apology accepted.

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  27. Who is going to help us COs at Hutchins?!??!!

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  28. Texas Department of Clowns and Jokes. Idiot Division

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  29. Oh, Jeff Pringle. I remember that douche from the days he would walk down the alley and hand out candy to inmates at the Cole Unit when he became Major after Major Pickle retired! At that time John Rupert was Senior Warden at Cole.

    Funny how in 12 years that dumbshit has sucked ass all the way to Senior Warden.

    Unlawful search!

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  30. I really understand why this Sgt. felt intimidated to allow this search I have been on second shift for eight years and have enjoyed working under some good administrations prior to this one, we had a fallen officer pass away leaving this unorganized place and Major May was elected to make an appearance to the furneral, his attitude was tremendously unexpectable, he complained about being there with a officer that was a good boss giving 100% everyday while on duty. the administration didnt even have the flag at half mask for the fallen officer. What kind of respect is that for the family of the officer who sacrificed his time away from them to make a honest living for 5+ years for this agency. I'm tried as well as other officers being treated with all sorts of disrespect I remember on occassions when these administrators violated key policy and took gas,keys,home and brought it back the next day. Should we search their homes to!

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    1. When you lower the flag for every Tom,Dick and Harry that dies (not even in the line of duty, to boot) then you take all significance away from the gesture.

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  31. Kevin. If that's all you got from what the officer was talking about, then maybe you should read it again. They were talking about the OVERALL respect for a fallen family member. NOT just ANY Tom, Dick or Harry .. Have respect for lost loved ones please

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    1. And maybe you, "anonymous", should read United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 — The Flag. Also known as US code of flag etiquette.

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  32. AGAIN, they are not JUST talking about the flag. Sheesh. ... But the OVERALL respect to a fallen family member. Shame on you for trying to twist such a sad situation around. Remember if you are or we're in gray or law enforcement he was part of your family too. God Bless

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  33. I have worked for the agency for over 25 years and would not expect them to lower the flag to half mast if I die even if I was on duty. That is reserved for true American hero's. I agree with Kevin except he could have been more tactful in getting his opinion across.

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  34. Has anyone noticed that the real issue has seemed to disappeared? Is that us or TDCJ helping it go under the rug?

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    1. I AGREE THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO COVER IT UP !!!!!! SO IF THEY WOULD COVER THIS UP. THEN HOW FAR WOULD THEY GO TO COVER UP OTHER STUFF????

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  35. HEY WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AS OFFICER`S ON THE HUTCHINS UNIT AND TAKE IT BACK... WE HAVE LET THIS UNIT GO DOWN SO FAR TO WHERE NOONE ENJOYS COMING TO WORK NOMORE.... ITS SAD THAT WE AS OFFICERS HAVE LET THEM BRING US DOWN THIS FAR....IF WE WANT A CHANGE WE GOT TO DO IT !!!! IT IS TIME TO STAND UP FOR ARE RIGHTS....

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    1. Thats the best thing i have heard so far,lets take the unit back,and injoy coming to work,and having fun.

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    2. WELL THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT IS WE NEED TO MAKE PHONE CALLS TO HUNTSVILLE AND LET THEM KNOW HOW UNHAPPY AND HOW BAD IT REALLY IS ON THE UNIT....BECAUSE LIKE TDCJ ALWAYS SAYS IF IT NOT ON PAPER IT DIDNT HAPPEN... SO EVERYONE NEEDS TO CALL AND SEND STUFF TO HUNTSVILLE SO THAT WAY THEY KNOW WHATS GOING ON !!! WE STAND TOGETHER AS OFFICERS THEY CANT BEAT US. ITS ABOUT TIME WE TAKE THE POWER BACK THEY HAVE STOLE FROM US BY TEARING ALL OF US APART AND TO NOT LIKE EACHOTHER...... THATS HOW THEY ARE GETTING AWAY WITH THE UNJUSTICE THEY ARE DOING TO US....

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  36. As typical for TDCJ and especially the hutchins unit, this too will most likely be swept under the rug. It is really sad that TDCJ, the public, and our politician think that the officers who risk their lives on a daily basis caring for inmates, some who have already taken the life of someone else, are nothing but a bunch of low lifes that they can toy with and manipulate. I personally worked on the Hutchins unit and can attest to the shoddy treatment of the officers. Administration is more concerned with finding something the officers did wrong and writing them up than assisting them in taking the best care of the inmates that they can provide. Not only do the officers suffer but so do their families, because of the pitiful pay and frustrations that they have to bring home. The inmates also suffer because the officers are so frustrated and worn out. But people like Jeff Pringle, and Polk can do anything short of murder and get away with it. Shoot, those two would probably even find a way to wiggle their ways out of that. They are nothing but snakes in the grass waiting to see who they can bite. As for sending May to pay respects for the fallen officer, GET REAL. He is just like Pringle and Polk. He could give a flying leap less about any of the officers. That unit administration considers themselves to be "Gods" and above everyone and everything. To say Hutchins is the worst unit in the state is an understatment. But I doubt that any of the three top people will ever be moved from there. Why would they want to send three screw ups to another unit just to screw it up too. My heart and prayers go out to all of the people that have to work on that unit under such a stupid and uncaring administration.

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    1. I COULD NEVER AGREE MORE WITH WHAT WAS SAID......ALL I CAN SAY TO THE OFFICERS ON THE HUTCHINS UNIT. GO ON THE TDCJ WEBSITE AND GET THE NUMBERS TO ALL OF THE HIGH RANK IN HUNTSVILLE AND START MAKING CALLS AND SENDING LETTERS TO THE HIGHER UPS. THATS HOW WE STARTED TO GET CHANGES ON ARE UNIT IN REGION III..... IF THAT DONT WORK START WITH THE BOARD MEMBERS... WE SUPPORT YA...

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    1. The officers at Hutchins unit is okay.. I had a issue with couple of CO White and Robinson very rude.

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  38. WOW. It could not of been said any better. Good luck to that Sergeant. She has always been good to me and we need more carding rank like her. I wish admin would take a hard and good look at what's going on at Hutchins.

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  39. Well, my husband works for the Coffield Unit. The exact same situation arose with him over the laundry losing a pair of his uniform pants. They decided they were coming to my home to search. This on my husband's first set back after my miscarriage. Warden John Rupert and the 2 assistant warden's stated that this action was coming from the Director. I believe it, since this apparently is happening at 2 different Units. My miscarriage was August 8th, the night his set ended. He returned 12 days later. So this happened Tuesday, August 21st. When he called me from the unit, I had a straight tantrum and threatened to sue them and have anyone that stepped foot on my property arrested. They still drove him all the way home, (we live nearly 2 hours from Coffield), and made him come inside and take all of his extra uniform parts to be viewed by the Seargeant that escorted him home. The Seargant didn't even open his door while at my home. I am sure he didn't want to be arrested. Yet they escorted him home in a prisoner transport van. This in front of the home I reside in with my 5 children. I find it outrageous that a veteran, and employee that passed all the background checks is treated in such a matter over a pair of pants. They searched his vehicle, his BOQ, then drove him home after harrassing me. Then upon arriving back at the unit, the new shift searched his BOQ and his vehicle again. I would love for someone to contact me about the other case. Would be more than happy to assist that poor woman. Someone needs to check these pencil pushing idiots that think they are Gods just because they are in charge of keeping thugs in a cage from their office. Seems to me the system already has a hard enough time staffing the prisons. This kind of crap is why they can't keep the employees they have. If anyone knows how I can contact this woman to help, you can email me at lizbet9d@live.com.

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    1. I'm soo glad you are taking a stand for us officers!! I really HOPE the COs from Hutchins stand together and write to EVERYONE the voice of a couple can be swept under therug BUT the voice of MANY is loud and has to be heard!!! Ps talk with Captain Scott I have worked w him he IS very Wise and Honest.. He may have some ideas.. He has written on this blog. Good luck

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    2. My Husband is doing time in Hutchins. I understand why the inmates curse the guards out. Officer White especially.I've had problems since he entered the unit, wrote letters and all just to be treated worse when I go to visit. I was denied to get my meds and had seizures upon leaving the facility. The CO are just for a check they don't care about the inmates so I for 1 am Happy,you Guards are getting what you deserve A Hard Time. Hutchins Unit Officers are Miserable and Full of BS

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  40. Not that I think Polk should not be gone from the system but in this case he was not smart enough to come up with it on his own. He was told and instructed by Pringle and the Higher Ups in TDCJ to commit this act and now he is being made a scapegoat. Yes, something has to be done. Huntsville needs to know but it is also going to have to go higher than TDCJ administration and directors. It is going to have to go to senators and politicians. Keep in mind that most if not all of the TDC higher ups have never had a real job and could not survive in the real free world. And THAT is what we have running TDCJ. SO of course they cover everything up and treat people the way they do.

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  42. How many times must the officers who work for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice put up with this stupidity, lack of concern, and blatant misconduct from the officials. Think about the name. "Texas Department of Criminal JUSTICE" Justice for whom. Officers are very poorly paid, treated worse than the inmates, have no support from their superiors and are forced to do things by their superiors that could potentially get them fired or worse. BUT NOTHING EVER HAPPENS TO PEOPLE LIKE PRINGLE OR POLK. I suppose because they are just like Rick Perry. All full of hot air and BS. Perry is one of the problems with TDCJ. HE lies to the people of texas about how much of a windfall savings there is in the budget but guess where that money comes from. The retirement of the TDCJ employees who are forced to do something and then are fired because of it and then lose their retirement. If there is a 50 dollar increase (per month mind you) in pay for these people, the insurance rates go up 100 dollars so they actually get nothing. Correctional officers are way underpaid for the job they do. They are paid once a month and the bring home pay is just above poverty level. And then the likes of Pringle and Polk can do what ever they want and get away with it. Come on people. Wake up. Make some calls. Write some letters. This has got to stop. I full and thorough investigation should be called for and all employees should be interviewed and given a chance to voice their concerns and tell the truth about what is really going on. So far only the Polk's Posse has been questioned and of course they are going to back him. As for the keys that were in question. They had been missing for 3 weeks. They are not accounted for like all of the other keys on all units. And after the search of this sargeants home, another sargeant admitted to having them and losing them. But nothing has been done to that sargeant. Not even as much as a slap on the wrist. I wish just once, some one from outside of TDCJ would investigate and find out the truth about our pitiful excuse for a criminal justice system. Oh and the statement made by TDCJ regarding the incident was just as stupid and belittling to that officer. Stating that "they assisted the officer in searching for the keys in her home but they were not found. Since then, all locks have been rekeyed" What a blatant cover up. No mention of the fact the keys had been missing for quite some time, that another sargeant was responsible and failed to report when she lost them and there has been nothing done to her at all. Sometimes makes a person wonder who really runs the correctional division here in Texas. The inmates that wear white and are known offenders or the low life offenders who were the big suits in huntsville and austin. They are worse than most of the inmates we have locked up in our systems. It is time to really take a long hard look at not only offenders rights but also the rights of the person in charge of keeping them safe.

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    1. Like I have said before they are pushing this under table. We all need to email these people and let them know what's going on.
      They are great in responding. Think about it, like someone said, TDCJ thinks there above the law.. And they are unless we band together and let people know what is going on all over TDCJ .. One or two voices can be ignored but many CAN'T !!!!

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  43. As officers co's all units we all need to stand together as a family like we use too. Not only one unit but now two units can invade our lifes at home, so after the hutchson unit got away with it then now another one did . what officer is next and now how much more will they do untill if anyone can stop them!!! It seems all the units has the higher ups in thier pockets. So us as officers we don't have chance. Unless the media gets involed

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  44. TDCJ has NO right to go against ANYONE'S Civil Rights. NO matter how MANY politicians they have in their pockets. Do they have that much money and Power they can go outside the law that everyone but them have to follow?

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    1. It seems like they do look whats happen and nothing being done about it. At hutchison if you file an EEO nothing happens they just throw it away, so what does that tell an officer.

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  45. I agree we all need to stand together,and take it to the top. Get the media involved and we all need to strike they can't fire all of us...

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  46. Hey i want everyone to keep up the good work and keep trying to win this battle as they did for the ones that were part of the facebook problem. Like it has been said before the more people thet know about it and standup the more we can get done. Keep pushing for JUSTICE FOR ALL CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS.... Because if we dont standup for are rights. noone else will...... GOD BLESS US ALL !!!!! KEEP EMAILING AND CALLING SOONIER OR LATER WE WILL WIN JUST LIKE THE ONES THAT WON THE FACEBOOK BATTLE.....

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  47. We ALL keep talking about it, but, please do it!! I wrote to senator Whitmire and Rick perry and a couple of those listed above!!! Whitmires office did respond back. So Plz the more maybe something finally will change. Don't complain if u don't want to help make change !!!! It would just take a little bit of time out of your day to make better working conditions for all of us!!!!!!

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  48. Really regardless of weather you like the supervisor or Co it's disrespectful to do this to anyone who are the criminals who sticks up for Co certainly not Polk or Pringle there priorities are for themselves stick together make a difference!

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  49. Hello. Hay. It seems they are pushing under rug. You want this to happen to? No!! You guys gotta stand strong write letters call bradlivingston, Collirr. We don't even care if u write the president or CEO, News. You are all could be next.... We need to stick together. Just email them. Annomasly (sp) a thing to prove to this big wigs WE/CO are tired of being treated worse then the offenders. Don't u think w these several cases. One were a GREAT and fair captain late
    S down his bars because of the harrasment and the other guy held in a inmate van for 2 hrs over a pair of pants that was already provin on the dorm. Same with that SGT they already proved that another sgt admitted to losing the keys long befor the search. So much corruption and hiding. Take our job back and become respected again!!! We deserve it!! Our lives are in danger everyday and they really don't care. I have seen this first hand.

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  50. It's sad that the Hutchins unit has such a name for it's self, supervisors hell even Polk has used his position to have sex with Co nurses anyone who he wants it's a shame how the pick certain officers to run off half the time if you look at the supervisors they have done more wrong. Which supervisor gave an inmate the keys to file cabinet to hold for his personal use. She still works there an she never got in trouble for that she might want to stand up brush off her knees and wipe her mouth cause that's how you make it on the HUTCHINS UNIT

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  51. How does anyone work under the conditions there. I worked there for 3 years and moved on to the Feds. I make more money than assitant Warden as a correction Officer. Theres alot better out there. Trust me and apply at other places.

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  52. Its funny reading all these comments here. if you change "TDCJ" and substitute it with "Wal-Mart" do you think they could get away with things like this? can you imagine a Wal Mart store manager showing up at your house and demanding entry, consent or no consent, to search for some store keys?? This kind of stuff is insane!

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  53. anything become of this?

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    1. Hello.. This is the Sgt that was harassed. I was harassed and threatened enough were I felt in danger. It actually drove me to a bad depression where I needed to get help. I finally felt the only thing I could do was move. During the time of investigation after the fact, I was bullied every day by adminstartion. Then one day,I had a higher official come in and talk to me. He said he was going to help. Then a CO came to me upset because he over heard him and the warden laughing about it. I got that statement from the CO and faxed it to a higher admin. they refused to adress it. So EVERY avenue I went to including the representatives for the CO's blew me off. Ya, the pretended to say they would help,but then also laugh about it.I went so far as to talk with the Texas Rangers. So far I have heard nothing has come of it.

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  54. Back in 85 when I worked at Beto I, two officers were suspected of bringing weed into the unit. The field captian and 3 field bosses went to there apartment in Palestine, kicked the door in and pulled them outside and did a "TDC"(Texas Dept Of Corrections back then)Shakedown of there apartment. That, back then, consisted of tearing everything up and if you find somthing good, if not, well there stuck out with the mess. Nothing was found and there apartment was trashed, cloths were tossed out into the front grass, food and drinks tossed on top of them. The 2 officers were told TDC has a "Open Warrant" and can search any officers dwelling when ever they wanted to and they could do nothing about it. They got ahold of the police and were told that TDC dosent have a "Open Warrant" and what they did was a Home Invasion, alone with vandalisim, distruction of property, and holding them aginst there will could be classified as kiddnapping. Long story short, they had a choice, #1. Transfer out and all will be forgotten,, oe #2. Stay and persue the issue and well,,
    They were Gone The Next Week,,,,

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  55. well all these comments bout guards geting mistreatd the guards handle the visitors like prisoners and tht aint right

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    1. Happy to see Guards getting what they deserve at Hutchins Unit. A Hard time. I don't feel sorry for the Guards

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  56. well he is at the Powledge Unit now

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  57. Hello.. This is the Sgt that was harassed. I was harassed and threatened enough were I felt in danger. It actually drove me to a bad depression where I needed to get help. I finally felt the only thing I could do was move. During the time of investigation after the fact, I was bullied every day by adminstartion. Then one day,I had a higher official come in and talk to me. He said he was going to help. Then a CO came to me upset because he over heard him and the warden laughing about it. I got that statement from the CO and faxed it to a higher admin. they refused to adress it. So EVERY avenue I went to including the representatives for the CO's blew me off. Ya, the pretended to say they would help,but then also laugh about it.I went so far as to talk with the Texas Rangers. So far I have heard nothing has come of it.

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  58. I hope he gets what he has coming! He is a pain in the A**

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    1. Do you work at Hutchins or at one point did?

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    2. Hello could I get some assistance with an issue?

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  59. Hello could you email me ... I would like to see if I could get some assistance since you have been in a similiar situation

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  60. I am in need of some help as to where to move forward with a very serious issue that has been going Onwith captain hart and I am trying to see if I could get some help

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