Thursday, February 7, 2013

Is the TDCJ Smith Unit at a critical staffing level?


By Tonya Peters, Backgate Website

An employee at the TDCJ Smith unit in Lemesa has chosen to break the silence about staffing issues at the West Texas prison and go on air to bring public awareness to a potentially deadly situation. A employee of that facility was featured anonymously on screen at KAMC TV recently explaining how chronic under staffing at the prison has put employees in danger, and created a situation where millions are being spent on forced overtime for staff. TDCJ claims the unit is operating at 53% staffing levels, meaning half of the total allotted number of employees are being required to fill those gaps left by those vacancies. An act that unit employees, along with the featured Officer, claim may result in employee or offender injuries or deaths if not addressed. We are following under staffing around the state, how it affects safety and the state budget. We have also brought in some Texas Legislators to give us their two cents on the issue. Stay tuned for more...

Click below to see the written and video stories regarding the Smith Unit issues on KAMC TV.

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17 comments:

  1. Thw Wallace, Ware, and Daniel Units are in the same boat.

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  2. Don't forget to add the McConnell Unit to the list.Officers get locked in the Staff toilet, picket toilets get flood and 3 blinding B Pod needs to be open w/a key. Remember that TDCJ is reactive instead proactive.

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    1. Tell Cynthiana Guyer,the mail room supervisor at the Smith unit that she and all the mail room staff can fuck themselves.

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    2. Here's a message for captain Horsley,warden Early,and Captain Prieto,and ND disciplinary captain Garcia, - Fuck you,Fuck you,and fuck all you sorry cocksuckers.

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    3. Fuck all you punks that work at the Smith unit!! All you cocksuckers can such my dick!

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  3. Almost every unit is short staff, the officer stated that she was scared when she goes to work? You should be every time that front gate closes behind you and if your are not then you are getting too comfortable and complacent, as for riots they will happen regardless if you are fully staff or not, just maintain security, CLOSE DOORS behind you!Do the right thing. I bet that officer does not return or accept the OT check she receives. You all be safe and watch your six.

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    1. She did return and is working overtime. You must be a supervisor

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    2. She resigned

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  4. Hard to run the unit from the country club.

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  5. The pio is told what to say to the public by the upper TDCJ admin to down play the staff shortage or they will be fired just like the last pio that blew the whistle.

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  6. @Anon Feb 22: You are absolutely correct. The PIO is a mouth piece for the exec team. The minute the PIO actually attempts to convey public information to the public, well he or she had better have the office packed and be ready to walk.

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  7. tdcj does not know how to keep there good officers. When they are feed up they dont do nothing to make it better and loose more staff to the attitude of rank meaning the main ones.

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  10. My son is an inmate in smith and I JUST found out he attempted suicide over a month ago! Why the fuck wasn't I notified? His friend DID manage to commit suicide. Did u call his fkn family? Assholes

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  11. Sorry Kimberlee Davis to hear. I hope all is ok. My son is,at smith also. Im a little concerned i havent heard from him in a month. I need to find out whats going on. I hope u get all the info u need dont. Stay on their a@$ about your son.

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  12. Sorry Kimberlee Davis to hear. I hope all is ok. My son is,at smith also. Im a little concerned i havent heard from him in a month. I need to find out whats going on. I hope u get all the info u need dont. Stay on their a@$ about your son.

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