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Inmate uprising in Alabama

BobsBlotterInformation is still very thin and sometimes contradictory on a serious riot at the St. Clair prison facility near Springville, Alabama on Friday.

At the height of the mess the prisoners were holding 22 hostages, including the Warden and Deputy Warden.  (Internal security must be a tad thin there.)  The Deputy Warden was beaten unconscious and other staff were injured.  A total of five required hospitalization.

About a dozen inmates were injured, and at least two broke into the prison pharmacy and overdosed.  The FBI and Alabama Corrections Commissioner Willie Smith were involved in negotiations with the prisoners.

The riot kicked off about 0920 Friday and ran for about twelve hours.  The original triggering incident was an assault on an officer at about 0400.  The disturbance became more generalized when a lock-down was ordered and the prisoners in one unit refused to comply.  The prisoners engaged the Emergency Response Team with improvised weapons. (more…)

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When a lone wolf attacks again on American soil, will you be the victim?
Radicalized Islamic Terrorism (RIT)

Lone Wolves—Hard to Get Rid of RIT As a general rule, I am not an alarmist. My tendency is to wait and see, be vigilant, and avoid jumping to conclusions. As of late, however, I have come to believe that our world is in grave and imminent danger on such a grand scale that few can hope to escape its catastrophic impact. By comparison to this genuine threat, all Global Warming alarmists appear to be hapless Chicken Littles. Droughts come and go, but the persistent and growing threat of which I speak has unleashed a

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Recent audits show California State bureaucrats are shuffling job vacancies around to their own gain
Cal’s Vacancy Shuffle

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Advocates for prison reform love to stir the pot without considering what the stew contains
Prisons Are Not Playgrounds

Recipe For Prison Harmony, Just Ad-Seg There seems to be a distinct disconnect in the public’s perception of proverbial prison life versus the reality of State-run institutionalized care for criminals. Prison advocacy and special interest groups, as well as political hacks, are often responsible for this confusion. For the sake of argument, let’s simplify some definitions. Criminals are, by the nature of their bad behaviors, bad people. They willingly break laws—a lot of laws. Law-abiding citizens, by the absence of criminal behavior, are good people. Good people generally frown upon law-breaking. Prisons were built by

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Often second-chances are a good thing. But sometimes they can be fatal.
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You Cannot Understand My Motives, Only My Intent I know of few people who, if offered a reasonable opportunity, would not jump at the chance for a do-over. The need for second-chances are an integral part of the human condition. The proverbial second-chance is the centerpiece of the Christian faith—sinners are forgiven and redeemed, restored, and offered a second-chance (many actually) to walk right with God. Yet there is a systemic dilemma within the human system of justice, particularly where condemnation and judgment are concerned. On the one hand, there exists persistent evil within certain

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Hanging onto the false hope of cure for sex offenders leaves the fate of innocent children swinging in the wind
False Hope and Feigned Cure

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Palcohol: No More Need For Pruno

What’s the Latest Buzz in Prison Life? Because jail and prison inmates cannot purchase any booze at the commissary, they have been brewing their own. Once powdered alcohol will be smuggled into prisons, there will be no need for inmates to brew pruno For the uninitiated, pruno is a concoction of oranges or apples, fruit cocktail, sugar, ketchup and bread, the ingredients needed to make prison wine aka pruno. You can browse the internet and find numerous recipes for prison pruno. The most popular one seems to be one by Jarvis Masters who is currently

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Sugar and spice and everything...nightmarish
Lovable Lady Killers

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"Thank you, Governor Brown, for teaching me the true meaning of rehabilitation!"-Joe Dirtbag
Brown-grading Public Safety

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To Sac Bee writer, Jon Ortiz, we tip our hat in acknowledgement of a true class act!
Well Said, Jon Ortiz!

A Class Act Shortly after arriving in Rocklin, California, to help my brother’s family with funeral arrangements for Jeff, I heard through blogger Howie Katz that Sacramento Bee investigative reporter, Jon Ortiz wanted to write an article about Jeff’s passing. The following Monday, I was able to speak with Jon in about a twenty-minute phone conversation that was very much like talking to an old friend. Jon gave his condolences

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CDCR Celebrity Absconder of 2014, Ronald Taylor has been captured!
Absconder No Longer

Leno-Kelso Taylor-made Medical Parole: Easy as XYZ? Richard Krupp, PhD January 20, 2015 Riders may recall that Paco reported on Robert Virgil Taylor, Medical Parolee-at-large, back in November 2014. Taylor absconded and remained at-large for more than 100 days, but his freedom has finally come to an end. Here is the official story cited in CDCR Today, dated Wednesday, January 14, 2015: “Missing Medical Parolee Apprehended San Diego County- Robert Virgil Taylor, 50, was apprehended on January 13, 2015, by agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Office of Correctional Safety Fugitive

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Riders are forever! Living la vida Paco
Paco Site Continues to Ride

Dear Riders, Jeff’s wife, Loni, has asked her son-in-law, Kris Boughton, and me to keep the site running as a legacy to her husband’s memory and all that he accomplished over the past ten-plus years. We are still experiencing some technical glitches with the computer code, which Kris is diligently handling. If the site crashes from time to time, consider it par for the course in the State of California.

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Remembering the fearless, Paco, and his memorable admonition
Paco’s Eulogy

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Jeff Doyle, aka Paco, Rest in Peace brother
A Grief Observed (Updated)

Paco’s Last Ride (Farewell to the Silver Fox) Jeff Doyle (March 16, 1959 – January 7, 2015) [Update: Services for Paco were held on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at East Lawn Cemetery, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, at 1:00 p.m. Many thanks to all the Riders who attended- ED]  Please forgive me. I have borrowed the title of author C.S. Lewis’ book on the death of his wife in order to announce the passing of my brother, Jeff Doyle (aka: Paco), from an apparent heart attack in his home on Wednesday evening. He leaves behind his

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Budget

Recent audits show California State bureaucrats are shuffling job vacancies around to their own gain Cal’s Vacancy Shuffle

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BobsNewsflash[1],jpg Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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BobsNewsflash[1],jpg State agencies still playing 3-Card Monte

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Bob's Blotter

BobsBlotter Inmate uprising in Alabama

Information is still very thin and sometimes contradictory on a serious riot at the St. Clair prison facility near Springville, Alabama on Friday. At the height of the mess the prisoners were holding 22 hostages, including the Warden and Deputy Warden.  (Internal security must be a tad thin there.)  The Deputy Warden was beaten unconscious and other staff were injured.  A total of five required hospitalization. About a dozen inmates were injured, and at least two broke into the prison pharmacy and overdosed.  The FBI and Alabama Corrections Commissioner Willie Smith were involved in negotiations

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iStockPhoto SLC Minilypse-Judicial Court Suspended cop lands in trouble again

A suspended police officer from San Pablo landed in hot water in San Francisco  last Wednesday. Officer Ken White, 32,, of Vallejo, was busted by the SFPD about 1430 hours on Wednesday at Seventh and Howard Streets.  Cops had been tipped to a drug transaction there and White was spotted apparently making a drug buy. When the cops swooped on his 1992 Mustang he had a gun, dope and a

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BobsBlotter Stockton racks up yet another corpse

The crime-ridden and gang-infested hole sometimes known as Tuleburg racked up yet another homicide Sunday night. The cops arrived at the scene near the intersection of Jackson and Pilgrim Streets about 2014 hours to find the victim dead at the scene, near a homeless encampment.  The victim, believed to be a homeless Mexican national named Angel Torres, 28, was shot to death.  The victim had a backpack containing some stripped

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Katz Litterbox

katz-litter4 Hope To See You Guys Here, Not In Another World

Later this afternoon, I’m going to have some serious neurosurgery in order to stabilize my neck. The neurosurgeon will also try to move the nerves around so that I won’t have the excruciating pains I’ve been having in both arms. The operation will take 3-4 hours. At 88, I might not make it. It’s been a pleasure and an honor to have been one of Paco’s bloggers. If I do

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man in cell Capital Life: Alternative To The Death Penalty

A living-death of imprisonment for life in absolute isolation without any of the privileges afforded the general prison population and no possibility of parole As most of you know, I am a diehard supporter and proponent of the death penalty. With support for the death penalty in decline, I hereby offer an alternative that should be acceptable to my fellow hardcore proponents of the ultimate punishment. It is a special category of a life-in-prison sentence. I’ve coined my proposal for a special category of life imprisonment as Capital Life.

katz-litter4 Houston’s 2009 Officer Of The Year Now A Los Zetas Cocaine Trafficker

Houston police officer Noe Juarez got busted by the Feds for trafficking cocaine since 2012 for the Los Zetas drug cartel The Feds announced April 8 that Houston police officer Noe Juarez has been indicted for “conspiracy to distribute five kilos or more of cocaine” and “conspiracy to possess firearms in connection with a drug trafficking offense.” The indictment came out of New Orleans and Juarez was busted April 7

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Krupp Files

This frightened and timid inmate alleged that correctional officers threatened to hurt him if he did not participate in a gladiator fight inside a correctional facility Inmate Manipulations? Prison Creeps are for Keeps

Prison Violence Hold Back The River – Sometimes life gets in the way Richard Krupp, PhD April 16, 2015 Some may think of prisons as a vacation spot for criminals to get healthy, relax, and participate in miracle rehabilitation programs. I seem to recall some problems at the prison in Corcoran back in the late 1990’s that seem to be back by popular demand in the San Francisco County Jail. Both incidents involve inmate fights, FBI probes, and investigations of Correctional Officers. Will the outcomes be similar?

Recent audits show California State bureaucrats are shuffling job vacancies around to their own gain Cal’s Vacancy Shuffle

Salary Savings and the Position Shuffle: Money-Grabbers…Don’t Come Back Anymore Richard Krupp, PhD April 14, 2015 One of the things I always found interesting when I managed the Audit Office in Corrections was the position and budget function. There were competing interests when it came to authorized positions for the office. We wanted to keep the positions filled so that we could accomplish all of the work we needed to do. On the other hand, we were told to keep a percentage of the positions vacant to maintain “salary savings.” Some positions were hard to

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The confusion of the transgender community has affected the prison population. The solution? Give them sex changes The Prison Inside the Prisoner: Felonious Transgenders

Shape Shifters–We Can’t Fix You: You can have what you need, but not what you want Richard Krupp, PhD April 9, 2015 Recently there have been news stories about inmates changing their gender. Some courts have indicated this problem is similar to other mental health problems and should be “treated” in a similar manner. What should the normal law-abiding taxpayer think about prison inmates in this situation? This subject reminded of an inmate I interviewed many years ago at the Reception Center in Chino. This particular inmate was committed for a diagnostic evaluation after a

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GADFLY Open

th-1 No Turning Back (Part I)

Following the Resurrection In mid-April 2015, I was having an afternoon phone chat with my son, Brian. He had just been unanimously confirmed by the congregation of Fairfax Christian Church in Fairfax, Oklahoma, as their new head pastor. And as we usually do, during our conversation we talked about family, the future, and ministry. One of the things I enjoy about discussions with Brian is when we touch upon the spiritual aspects of life and our struggles and challenges in faith. It affords each the opportunity to share, vent, and inspire as well as request

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When a lone wolf attacks again on American soil, will you be the victim? Radicalized Islamic Terrorism (RIT)

Lone Wolves—Hard to Get Rid of RIT As a general rule, I am not an alarmist. My tendency is to wait and see, be vigilant, and avoid jumping to conclusions. As of late, however, I have come to believe that our world is in grave and imminent danger on such a grand scale that few can hope to escape its catastrophic impact. By comparison to this genuine threat, all Global Warming alarmists appear to be hapless Chicken Littles. Droughts come and go, but the persistent and growing threat of which I speak has unleashed a

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the-hillbillies Calling from God (Update)

[Today I re-post this article I wrote about my son, Brian, and daughter-in-law Michaelene, in June 2013 because Brian has been chosen today, April 12, 2015, to lead Fairfax Christian Church, in Oklahoma, as its new head pastor. Our family could not be more proud of the two of them for all they sacrificed in order to faithfully answer God’s call on their lives. Well done!-ED] Processing the Prospect One Monday morning in late June 2013, my wife, Linda, and I woke up before sunrise and drove to the home of my daughter-in-law’s parents. We

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Unions

capitol Threats against staff

AB293 is a proposal by Marc Levine (D-San Rafael).  If it passes into law it would require that CDCr establish uniform guidelines for the investigation and administrative handling of threats made against staff.  This proposal, which is supported by CCPOA, passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee (normally a graveyard of public safety proposals) by a vote of 6-0 so it might actually get somewhere. Clicking here will link to a

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BobsNewsflash[1],jpg Jerry to state workers…BOHICA

Yup, “Bend over, here it comes again” is, or at least may, be the word from Governor Brown to state workers and retirees.  Jerry wants to “offer” a lower-cost health plan with a MUCH higher deductible tied to a health savings account.  Right now there is no real information about how much cost savings would likely be attached to such an arrangement, for either the state as an employer or

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BobsNewsflash[1],jpg Same old same old in Stockton

The City of Stockton has just emerged from bankruptcy and things are back to being contentious and unpleasant. The Stockton Unified teachers union has just taken a strike vote.  About 88% of the members voted.  Of those, about 97% voted to strike if necessary.  The PERB is starting a fact-finding procedure in the matter. Also, Jessica Glynn, formerly the head of the city Office of Violence prevention, who was recently

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Gold Star Parolee

GoldStarLogo PAL not so friendly

A parolee-at-large was arrested Wednesday evening after attacking a man on Milton St. in the crime-infested burg of Stockton. Thomas Lowe, 19, had some sort of beef with the victim.  At some point Lowe pulled out a 8″ toadsticker.  Lowe tried to stab the man but missed, then threw the knife at his victim.  That also missed and Lowe fled, but later returned (maybe to retrieve his knife?).  He was

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GoldStarLogo Gray’s Anatomy Now Behind Bars

NJ Sex Offender Has Serious Anger Issues A registered sex offender on parole in the Paterson, New Jersey area is facing murder charges in the death of a woman he once lived with. Rondell Gray, 34, is also facing charges of attempted murder in the shooting attack injuring a 30-year old man on January 8.

katz-litter4 Illegal Immigration In Reverse

U.S. citizen was captured in Mexico after shooting rampages north and south of the border resulting in the death of a heroic Mexican cop who died shielding children from gunfire Whenever we read or hear anything about illegal immigration, Mexicans immediately come to mind. But what about U.S. citizens who go to Mexico in order to escape the clutches of John Law? Most criminals fleeing to Mexico where in the

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Bad Apples

katz-litter4 Houston’s 2009 Officer Of The Year Now A Los Zetas Cocaine Trafficker

Houston police officer Noe Juarez got busted by the Feds for trafficking cocaine since 2012 for the Los Zetas drug cartel The Feds announced April 8 that Houston police officer Noe Juarez has been indicted for “conspiracy to distribute five kilos or more of cocaine” and “conspiracy to possess firearms in connection with a drug trafficking offense.” The indictment came out of New Orleans and Juarez was busted April 7

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iStockPhoto SLC Minilypse-Judicial Court Suspended cop lands in trouble again

A suspended police officer from San Pablo landed in hot water in San Francisco  last Wednesday. Officer Ken White, 32,, of Vallejo, was busted by the SFPD about 1430 hours on Wednesday at Seventh and Howard Streets.  Cops had been tipped to a drug transaction there and White was spotted apparently making a drug buy. When the cops swooped on his 1992 Mustang he had a gun, dope and a

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iStockPhoto SLC Minilypse-Judicial Court Instant murder charge

Michael Thomas Slager is a North Charleston, S.C. police officer.  He is white.  He made a traffic stop of a man who happened to be black.  The situation went sideways and it ended up with the motorist, Walter Lammer Scott, 50, dead and Slager facing a flat-out murder charge for his actions. A video of the shooting (but not the lead-in to the shooting) surfaced yesterday.  It showed Scott running

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