Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Smith Unit whistle Blower quits after agency harassment
The employee who faced TV cameras during an on air TV news interview just over a month ago regarding dangerous staffing issues and the way the TDCJ was handling those issues resigned recently after what she claims to nothing short of harassment and retaliation for speaking out. The female employee of the Smith Unit in Lamesa went on air, faced blacked out, and discussed how the staffing shortages on the Smith unit were placing staff and offenders alike in potentially life threatening positions on a daily basis.
The Backgate has since posted a story that verified that the Smith unit is in fact grossly under staffed and has spend millions in overtime costs for staff members that have been mandated to work on days off, and extended hours.
TDJ initially held up are request, but after a ruling by the Attorney General's Office, we received the information that verified that the Smith Unit is in fact dangerously understaffed. We will be interviewing the whistle blower next week and have requested assistance from state Legislators in assisting with this issue. Stay tuned.