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Kansas Seeks To Address Prison Guard ‘Correctional Fatigue’

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ALEX SMITH |Kansas City Public Media (NPR)

A new program Kansas aims to improve conditions in prisons, but it’s not for inmates. The state Department of Corrections is one of many prison and jail systems around the country working to overcome “correctional fatigue” — the mental and physical stress that lead to corrections workers burning out…

The Kansas Department of Corrections is hoping Dr. Caterina Spinaris can help turn things around for its staff, which includes more than 2,000 correctional officers.

Spinaris is a psychologist based in southern Colorado who coined the term “correctional fatigue” to describe the detrimental psychological effects of their work.

According to her research, 27 percent of corrections officers suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. That’s comparable to rates seen in combat veterans. (more…)

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Paco's Podium

If Senator Leno has his way,   the traditional $200 gate funds will be augmented by a Visa card.
CREDIT for time served?

Offender credit rating regulations proposed Aliqua Nomina  |  Los Angles Times (AP) SACRAMENTO–State prison and jail inmates would receive state generated “positive credit reports” to the nation’s credit rating agencies under a proposal currently under review in the Senate Public Safety Committee. Dubbed the “Incarcerated Persons Credit Protection and Promotion Act of 2014,” Senate Bill-1099 was authored by San Francisco Democrat Mark Leno “to erase the double jeopardy inmates suffer at the hands of the nation’s privately held credit rating bureaucracy.” …the committee is expected to approve the bill, on a party line vote, forwarding

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There's always gonna be cars in CDCR.  AND, it's always better to be in one than under one.
Cronyism vs ‘Reverse discrimination’ in CDCR

Tradition of cronyism isn’t racism…necessarily This week’s commentary relative to the promotional discrimination lawsuit of DAPO Parole Agent Andrew Mount might lead the casual reader to infer this site officially acknowledges or opposes reverse discrimination in the Agency.  This is not the case. Rather, as the following excerpt from the June 7, 2004 post “Affirmative Action revisted” attests, Paco asserts CRONYISM  is simply how things have always been done, regardless of who does the discriminating. “Prior to Affirmative Action, incompetent white males dominated CDC. Today, incompetent people of every race, creed and color dominate CDC! The

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Things may have been different if realigned offenders were bused in ICE style.
Victim’s kin says Realignment’s what done it

Family Blames Prison Realignment for Brother’s Death TIA EWING | Fox 40 News STOCKTON-A Sacramento family says a loved one would still be alive, were it not for prison realignment. It’s a day Dallas Tillis will never forget, the day her phone rang and police told her Herbert Williams was dead… Williams was found dead from a gunshot wound in the middle South Lincoln Street in Stockton. From there, an all-out manhunt for the person who pulled the trigger… The homicide happened on Aug. 11. Detectives centered their investigation around 44-year-old Robert Lee White, a

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The federal government is contracting CCA to operate a family style prison, just like in Mexico.
WALLmart family detention center for intruders OK’d

‘Sendero Ranch’ to be invading familias’ Send-to destination U.S. Government Okays Huge For-Profit Immigrant Detention Center Noel Brinkerhoff | AllGov.com Federal immigration officials are planning to open a mammoth detention center in Texas to hold illegal immigrant families… The South Texas Family Detention Center, which will be located 70 miles outside San Antonio, would be operated by the nation’s largest private prison company, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which is preparing to hire CCA to run the 2,400-bed facility, previously partnered with the operator on the T. Don Hutto Family

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MedicalCons
Realigned: Healthcare costs counties dearly

Inevitable stuff happens The Public Eye: Health costs for counties rise with influx of inmates Brad Branan | Sacramento Bee Since the state gave counties responsibility for incarcerating lower-level offenders three years ago, health care costs at county jails have gone up dramatically – and legal actions threaten to push them even higher. The state’s 10 biggest counties spent $560 million on medical and psychological care for inmates last fiscal year, a 16 percent jump over the fiscal year that ended in 2011, according to a Sacramento Bee analysis of data provided by the counties.

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AssOnGlass
‘Ass on the glass?’ Private prison’s sex hazing ritual

Lawsuit: Texas prison OKs odd sex assault (contains explicit language) Kolten Parker | San Antonio Express SAN ANTONIO – A lawsuit filed against the Corrections Corporation of America in Austin alleges the private prison company violated a former prisoner’s constitutional rights by allowing a hazing tradition called “ass on the glass” that led to a sexual assault. The suit, filed in federal district court, claims a Bartlett State Jail guard knowingly allowed the man, referred to as John Doe in the court documents, and more than 50 other prisoners to be subjected to the hazing

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PatientInAFog
Suit filed in OC death of suicidal, stomatized 51-50

The Fog of ward The Sacramento Bee reports a wrongful death suit has been filed by the parents of Joseph Duran, late of Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP). As noted in a January 2014 Bob Walsh post, the circumstances of the inmate-patient’s death are disconcerting. Duran was clearly attempting suicide by putting spaghetti noodles and fecal matter in his airway through the orifice of his tracheostomy, commonly known as a stoma.  At the time, the MCSP approved remedy to prevent an inmate from self-asphyxiating, by all accounts, was to introduce the asphyxiation emulator OC via an MK-9 fogger. According

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CCPOAleterhead
CCPOA Election Slate

In order to address my Labor Day faux pas, giving short shrift to candidates in CCPOA’s upcoming elections, following is the slate of candidates posted on the union’s members only area. Clicking the CCPOA letterhead image will open a copy of the document as posted at ccpoa.org. To reiterate my position, Paco endorses no candidate.

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AngelDuranBADmagazine
Fallen Angel: Ex- CDCR Sgt’s molestation conviction

Bad apple pending 292 year return engagement Former sergeant guilty of molestation Visalia Times-Delta A former correctional sergeant could spend the rest of his life in prison after a Tulare County jury found him guilty of 19 separate counts of child molestation. The jury reached its verdict Thursday afternoon, just four days after the trial started. The former state prison guard, Angel Duran, was accused of 17 counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, two counts of forcible lewd acts on a child and one count of attempted lewd acts on

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Putting aside all the death and gore, little kids and firearms really go together.
7 year old shooter shot

Bad parenting trending as more kids handed guns In yet another example of why little children shouldn’t be permitted to handle firearms, the Sacramento Bee reports a 7 year old firing a “.22 caliber youth rifle on a home built firing range” in Georgetown (El Dorado County) was shot in the chest and life-flighted to

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CCPOAWallet
Labor Day, CCPOA and the next play

Making Do, Making Dues Paco endeavors to maintain a corrections-based website appealing to readers outside the once golden state.  More to the point, whenever the CCPOA is the topic, the commentary invariably devolves into supporters and detractors of  Mike Jimenez and Don Novey, respectively, rehashing old matters, most of which should be discussed at union meetings, not a public blog. In fact, I unpublished the PacoVilla Forums as they had become an echo chamber of the same stripe–Posts there were actually admitted as evidence by the plaintiff successfully suing CCPOA for defamation.  The site turned a profit with the Forums but it

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LilSuzyUzi
More on morons’ kids with Uzi’s

15 year old boy was UZI gatekeeper Yesterday’s news about the 9 year old girl “accidentally” killing a “firearms instructor” had a familiar ring to it.  So, Paco conducted extensive research (read “Googled”) and hit pay dirt–the 2008 incident in Massachusetts wherein an 8 year old was similarly handed a fully loaded, automatic Uzi. In that instance, 8-Year-old Christopher Bizilj shot himself in the head when the automatic pistol recoiled.  The boy’s father, Dr. Charles Bizilj, MD, was cautioned twice by the person in charge against letting the boy handle the gun, suggesting a single fire version be issued.

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Budget

BobsNewsflash[1],jpg Vacaville vs. Local 39

The city of Vacaville is imposing a salary cut of 21% on members of Local 39.  These are public works employees.  They maintain vehicles,  maintain the streets and parks and operate the water plant among other things. The city has been negotiating with the group for over a year.  Thus far all other city employees

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BudgetEgg[1],jpg Major change proposed by CalPERS

A proposal is moving forward through CalPERS that could result in a significant increase in both pensions and pension costs for CalPERS. The proposal, approved by a CalPERS committee today, is based on a 2013 law refining language that bases pensions on an employee’s “normal monthly rate of pay or base pay.”   The proposal would

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CDCRcars Krupp Files: Perk cars, Annuitants: Business as usual

Corrections Headquarters Into The Wild State Vehicle use and Retired Annuitants Ripping off taxpayers? Richard Krupp, PhD On July 1, 2014 the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) approved an audit of Corrections Headquarters use of state vehicles and Retired Annuitants. The audit was assigned to the Bureau of State Audits (BSA), 2014-117 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation—Retired Annuitants and State-Owned Vehicles. Back in 2009 when I was working as the Assistant Secretary, Audits and Compliance my office conducted an audit on the use of state vehicles by Headquarters staff. At that time there were

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Bob's Blotter

BobsBlotter Victim’s family wants adult trial for young killer

The family of Rashawn Williams, 14, who was knifed to death by a not-publicly identified 14-year old, is incensed that the murdered is being tried as a juvenile rather than an adult.  And they are letting people know about it. The DA’s office has declined to comment, citing confidentiality rules on juvenile proceedings. The victim

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GoldStarLogo Parolee murderer turns zombie

Joseph Oberhansley, 33, murdered his 17-year old girlfriend in Salt Lake City in 1998.  He did 13 years and has since been paroled. Recently he was in Jeffersonville, Indiana.  Last Thursday the cops were called to the residence of Tammy Jo Blanton.  Twice.  Once at about 0300 and once at about 1000.  On the second

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BobsBlotter Store clerk +1, robber -1

A clerk armed with a handgun in a Houston (TX) convenience store and a robber armed with a shotgun had a serious disagreement Friday night.  The robber lost, big time. A young man, his sister and their father were working in the family owned and operated store when a man came in carrying a shotgun

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Katz Litterbox

katz-litter4 Texas Executes Lesbian Torture And Starvation Murderess

When paramedics found Davontae Williams dead they believed he was only 3-5 when he was actually nine years old Lisa Ann Coleman and Marcella Williams were cohabitating in a lesbian relationship in Arlington, Texas when Marcella’s nine-year-old son Davontae Williams died in their apartment on July 26, 2004. Here is how the Associated Press described

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katz-litter4 Keeping Corporal Punishment From Becoming Child Abuse

Never ever administer corporal punishment while you are angry! I am a strong advocate of corporal punishment. I believe the ‘Don’t Hit Your Child’ fanatics are full of shit when they claim that kids who are subjected to corporal punishment will become violent adolescents and adults. My own experiences as a child were at times

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katz-litter4 Have Californians Completely Lost Their Minds?

THIS IS WHY I CALL IT KOOKFORNIA!   Proposition 47 does not put public safety first By Los Angeles Police Protective League Board of Directors Californians are facing one of our most serious public safety threats in recent memory. The threat is Prop 47 — a ballot initiative that would flood the streets with thousands

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Krupp Files

Down but not out: Secretary of State Debra Bowen continues to work out of her new Sacramento digs. Krupp Files: The state of Secretary Bowen

More Trouble in the California Capitol Building The Secretary of State– Spend my days locked in a haze Richard Krupp, PhD Back in June 2007 when I was appointed by governor Schwarzenegger to the Assistant Secretary position, suitable for framing documentation, was signed by Arnold and the Secretary of State, Debra Bowen. I’ve never met the lady, but I did read an article about her in the Los Angeles Times on September 5, 2014. Turns out the California Secretary of State, who is being termed out after eight years in office, has some problems. Bowen said

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CDCR's treatment modality for mentally ill offenders relies heavily on the theories and therapies of Milton Bradley. Gaming mentally ill offenders

Playing games–Waiting for the cough syrup to go down The three stooges find miracle cure for mental illness Richard Krupp, PhD Anyone who has worked with the mentally disturbed inmates in prison knows what a pain in the ass they are. Typically this group of criminals is too difficult (violent, etc) to stay in the state mental hospitals. They are unpredictable and dangerous to staff and other inmates. Yes, they do on occasion apply crap to themselves. They also refuse to take medication and assault Correctional Officers. They are crazy and violent for the most

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"He confined the knowledge of governing within very narrow bounds, to common sense and reason, to justice and lenity, to the speedy determination of civil and criminal causes." Krupp Files: Realignment’s Lilliputian logic, legacy

Tales of Realignment Success, Cheap Renewable Energy and, Spiders Weaving Silk The Truth May Vary–Gulliver travels to Lagado (California) Richard Krupp, PhD While reading through a report from; The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), Do Local Realignment Policies Affect Recidivism in California? by, Mia Bird and Ryken Grattet, I noticed what I found to be a connection with an article in the Wall Street Journal and Gulliver’s Travels. The PPIC report was coauthored by a man who used to work in CDC. In this report he does his best to make a silk purse

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GADFLY Open

Sometimes what we fear to imagine is greater than what we imagine we fear Like Little Children

The Grand Parent-to-Child Connection   A few days following the Labor Day weekend 2014, my wife Linda and I were blessed by a surprise visit from one of our favorite people: our second grandson, David, age three. I use the word “favorite” because I have come to recognize that all of my grandchildren (all grandsons) are my favorites. Whenever I am with anyone of those boys, or all of them at once, something magical occurs—as if each is the only child in the universe who matters to me. My brother Jeff and his wife, Loni,

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losing their heads Promise of 2014

Losing Their Heads All Over Islam As I stated in a recent article, words have power. The idiom “actions speak louder than words” applies to one’s motives as well as a blatant hypocrisy. For instance, if I pledge my love in marriage vows to my wife, yet secretly have an extramarital affair, then my words are trumped by my actions, and my actions would prove me a liar and a hypocrite. Because words are powerful, and because people tend to interpret words and actions in the context in which they are given and received, there

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Words have a life of their own and cannot be unsaid once uttered Words We Speak

A Life of Their Own   Words have power. How we speak, what we say, and how those words are received can have long-lasting impact upon others as well as ourselves. Think about the power of words for a moment. Words bring meaning and understanding. Blessings, as well as curses, come through the use of words. How we interact with and respond to others begin with words. Wars are waged, laws are laid, paths are paved. How many inmates, presently confined within prison walls, were fettered long ago by invisible chains of condemnation, spoken over

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Unions

BobsNewsflash[1],jpg Vacaville vs. Local 39

The city of Vacaville is imposing a salary cut of 21% on members of Local 39.  These are public works employees.  They maintain vehicles,  maintain the streets and parks and operate the water plant among other things. The city has been negotiating with the group for over a year.  Thus far all other city employees

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CCPOAleterhead CCPOA Election Slate

In order to address my Labor Day faux pas, giving short shrift to candidates in CCPOA’s upcoming elections, following is the slate of candidates posted on the union’s members only area. Clicking the CCPOA letterhead image will open a copy of the document as posted at ccpoa.org. To reiterate my position, Paco endorses no candidate.

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justice Teacher’s union appeals tenure ruling

In a move that surprised exactly nobody the California Teacher’s Union  has filed an appeal of the ruling that ashcanned tenure at the K-12 level in the formerly great state of California.  Our fearless leader, Jerry Brown, filed a separate appeal of the ruling already. The initial ruling, by Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu in

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Gold Star Parolee

GoldStarLogo Parolee murderer turns zombie

Joseph Oberhansley, 33, murdered his 17-year old girlfriend in Salt Lake City in 1998.  He did 13 years and has since been paroled. Recently he was in Jeffersonville, Indiana.  Last Thursday the cops were called to the residence of Tammy Jo Blanton.  Twice.  Once at about 0300 and once at about 1000.  On the second

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GoldStarLogo Girls just want to have fun…and get away afterwards

Rebecca Wechter, 32, of Ventura, was a former guest of the state and on parole Saturday.  She was spotted by the cops driving erratically in West Covina and they tried to stop her.  She sped away, leading the cops on a brief chase.  She did eventually pull her Toyota over and the cops quickly determined

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blivet Deadly cracks in AB109

The above headline isn’t mine.  I lifted it directly from today’s Stockton RECORD.  It refers to a second revolving door parolee murder attributed to an AB109 client who was released early after serving a minute fraction of his sentence and who then went out to (allegedly) commit a murder. The person referred to the second

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Bad Apples

BobsBlotter Masked cop accused of attacking woman with bat (Updated)

This one is fairly high up on the weirdometer.  Walnut Creek (CA) police officer Gregory Thompson, 54, of Martinez, is alleged to have accosted  a woman about 0200 hours on August 16.  At the time Thompson was off duty, wearing a mask and armed with a baseball bat. The woman had allegedly run out of

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AngelDuranBADmagazine Fallen Angel: Ex- CDCR Sgt’s molestation conviction

Bad apple pending 292 year return engagement Former sergeant guilty of molestation Visalia Times-Delta A former correctional sergeant could spend the rest of his life in prison after a Tulare County jury found him guilty of 19 separate counts of child molestation. The jury reached its verdict Thursday afternoon, just four days after the trial started. The former state prison guard, Angel Duran, was accused of 17 counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, two counts of forcible lewd acts on a child and one count of attempted lewd acts on

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BobsBlotter Married Tulsa cops arrested for murder

A husband-and-wife pair of Tulsa PD cops was just arrested for the murder of a friend of their daughter’s. The dead guy, Jeremy Lake, 19, was walking down the street with Lisa Kepler, 18, when Lisa’s mother, Gina Kepler, 48, confronted Lake.  The situation turned to crap and Lisa’s father, Shannon Kepler, 54, who was

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