Saturday, August 31, 2013

Request for information on Livingston security services and who payed the bill stiffled by TDCJ

By Duane Stuart, Backgate Website

The Backgate posted a story last week regarding potential improprieties regarding use of state resources to provide 24 hr security services for TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston and his family. Office of Inspector General Officers were pulled away from their units of assignment and large back logs of criminal cases to provide secret service style security for Livingston and his family both at his home, and around the Huntsville area. Reports were also received from credible sources that indicate that Livingston may have used state funds to install an elaborate security system in his private home outside of Huntsville. TDCJ has since officially denied that report via email just this week.

The Backgate requested open records from the agency last week asking for information on spending for overtime and incidentals for his assigned security officers, who authorized the spending, and whether or not taxpayer money was used to install the security system in his private home. The agency deflected the request and forwarded it to the Texas Attorney Generals office for an opinion as whether the information is releasable. In our opinion, the taxpayers of Texas (you and me) have the right to know how much or our tax money is spend, and on what it's being spent on. Not to mention proof on whether or not it's being used illegally, or without proper authorization. We are still awaiting the OAG decision. The agency has always appeared secretive in dealing with these types of issues when in fact as a publicly funded agency, they should remain transparent. We will see this one through and report back as new information comes in.

5 comments:

  1. Hmmm. Imagine that. Secrecy. It almost looks like someone has something to hide.

    Is it me, or does it seem like, during the last 10 or 15 years, that there is more honor & integrity in the cellblocks than in the administrative offices?

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  2. Was this during the time that prison white supremacy group was running around ? Soon after Colorado's prison head was murdered ? If so I ain't got a problem with it.

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  3. without proper authorization. We are still awaiting the OAG decision. The agency has always appeared secretive in dealing with these types of issues when in fact as a publicly funded agency, they should remain transparent. We will see this one The FSS website

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  4. What is the point in a million dollar security system when someone can just walk up behind you at the HEB and put a bullet in your head? Treating people properly is your best defense against assignation.

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