Tag Archives: staffing

Delaware prison sex abuse agreement in dispute

From the article: “In addition to adequate staffing levels, the ACLU is concerned that DOC officials do not have written policies and procedures in place to ensure compliance with all provisions of the consent agreement stemming from a lawsuit in which a female inmate claimed she was raped by a prison guard in 2008. State officials settled that underlying case and now argue that the ACLU is making unfounded assertions that they are not complying with the consent agreement.”

Read more here.

Advertisements
Tagged , , , , ,

IA: Union: System in crisis, prison understaffed

From the article: “Dozens of union members picketed Friday outside the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, protesting what they say are dangerously low staffing levels and calling for the resignation of the state’s corrections director.”

Read more here.

Tagged , , ,

KS: Even with some funds restored, Kansas correction officials worry about crime going up

From the article: “[T]he department still is losing millions, and state officials still worry that crime rates could go up as the dollars go down.”

Sometimes cutting the corrections department’s budget results in reduction in unnecessary and frivolous spending often found in big bureaucracies…and sometimes it’s a short-term solution with long-term greater costs to the community.

Read more on KS’ corrections budget here.

Tagged , ,

IL: DOC official quits after harassment investigations

From the article: “The deputy director for the Illinois Department of Corrections‘ southern district has resigned following investigations of sexual harassment.”

Yeesh.  Equally surprising is that this gentleman started as an officer in 2003 and was made a deputy director by 2011.  I obviously do not know the man, but that is really fast timeframe and does not, to my mind, speak well of the depth of professionalism and expertise in the IL DOC if you are so quickly promoting someone with so little experience.

Read more here.
Tagged , ,

OH: ACLU: Conneaut’s prison woes like Lucasville before 1993 riot

The ACLU has officially launched an attack against the CCA-owned and operated prison in Ohio.  It sent a letter to every state legislator in Ohio, raising concerns about the management of the prison.  It also presented its concerns during “Prisoner Awareness Week” at the University of Toledo.  Read the article from the presentation here.

Tagged , , ,

ID: Prison Company: Workers Falsified Staffing Records

Another strike against the Corrections Corporation of America.  From the article: “The records show hours when prison staff and guards were supposedly staffing security posts, but those positions were actually vacant. Workers involved will be reprimanded, and the company told the Department of Correction it will reimburse the state.”

Of course, pretty sure state workers also falsify records at times, but is it worse at CCA-run facilities?  Don’t know.

Read the article here.

Tagged , , ,

SC: Lee prison riots fuel a call for more funds

From the article: “Since April, inmates have taken over parts of the prison twice, capturing two outnumbered corrections officers and stabbing one. Wielding keys they made out of sawed-off parts of fiberglass shower stalls, inmates had slipped out of their dorms at night to pick up packages of drugs and cellphones that outsiders had thrown over the fences. Inmates used cellphones to coordinate the attacks on officers.”

Officials want to construct guard towers to keep watch for contraband being thrown over the fence, make repairs to facilities, and increase corrections’ officers salaries.

Read more here.
Tagged , , , ,

Fewer inmates means Colorado may close more prisons

From the article: “Colorado’s prison population is falling so quickly that state officials are once again considering closing prisons — a tough discussion given that prisons are often big employers in the counties where they are located…Colorado is already at 7,500 fewer inmates than it once expected in 2013 and has closed three state prisons.”

I am amazed that Colorado has had such success, given that other states that have purposefully worked to reduce their populations (like Ohio) have been stumped.  According to the article, the state’s felony rates have dropped by a third.  The state has also passed legislation allowing inmates to earn more time off their sentences for good behavior.

Of course, as the article states, closing prisoners isn’t a win-win – or even easy.  The article mentions the loss of jobs for the counties in which the prisons are located, but my experience has been that the true issue comes with the combining of prison populations and the shifting of staff.  In this case, it appears that some of prisons were private, so those staff may have just been out of luck.  In Ohio, closures of prisons result in system-wide “bumping” of staff, as staff have the ability to bump into positions by seniority.  Inmates are generally unhappy with the changes, but it’s the staff who are generally truly disgruntled.  I haven’t seen a lot of news coming out Colorado, so they must have figured out the secret for how to close prisons effectively.

Read more here.
Tagged , , , ,

Oklahoma prison officials seek increase in funding

From the article: “Oklahoma’s overcrowded prison system needs $6.3 million before the next fiscal year or it will start refusing to accept inmates from county jails and face a legal showdown, the head of the state’s prison system warned lawmakers Thursday.”

Read more here.

Tagged , , , ,

IL: Overtime costs at Tamms prison skyrocket

From the article: “The Tamms Correctional Center in Alexander County has 208 guards and supervisors in its maximum-security unit that houses 138 inmates. Yet state payroll records show that that security staff has clocked at least $884,000 in overtime over a one-year period ending Nov. 12, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.”

Read more here.
Tagged , , , ,