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Attacks on BOP CO’s discounted, whitewashed?

Federal correctional officers assaulted at USP Atwater

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BY ROB PARSONS | Merced Sun-Star

ATWATER–Two federal correctional officers are recovering at home after they were allegedly assaulted last week by federal inmates at U.S. Penitentiary Atwater.

The Aug. 15 incident, which apparently resulted in separate and controversial lockdown orders, was not disclosed until a Merced Sun-Star reporter called seeking comment…

Donald Martin, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1242, the union representing the 325 correctional officers working in Atwater, declined to comment directly on the assault because of the investigation. Martin did say that both officers are recovering and their injuries are not life-threatening. (more…)

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Alabama is allowing some cadets to commute to  the basic academy.
Alabama introduces commuter CO academy

Here are 2 ways Alabama prisons are attracting more people to work as correctional officers Jullie Bennett | AL.com News ELMORE, Alabama – When Chance Webster recently returned to Montgomery from a military deployment, he quickly sought a job in law enforcement. “I had been on the military side, and now I want to be on the civilian side for a time,” he said. Webster is among 15 trainees participating in a new program to work for the Alabama Department of Corrections. The department traditionally has required employees to undergo an intensive 12-week residential program

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Habitual drunk drivers might end up spending some time in jail, thanks to Realignment.    After all, we don't want prisons full of non-violent offenders who really just need rehabilitating.
Realignment a gift to chronic drunk-drivers

Wheeling Wino’s: Cheers, Gov’ner! Shasta County DA: Multiple DUIs won’t land you in prison Stephanie Montano | KRCR News RED BLUFF, Calif. -Law enforcement agencies spend a lot of time and money putting away impaired drivers but due to prison realignment many of them end up driving again. Christian James Hughes is currently facing DUI charges in Shasta County for his fifth DUI in the last ten years. Shasta County Deputy District Attorney Toby Powell said the reason Hughes isn’t going to prison is because there isn’t enough room to hold Hughes due to the

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The line between civil free assembly and mob behavior is blurred to some.
Exorcising our Constitutional Riots!

Militarized police and militant momentum, Rinse, Repeat The events in Ferguson Missouri stand as a reminder the line between a peaceable assembly and a riot is, if not fine, all too easy to cross.  At risk of appearing to condescend, I offer the following from our supposedly binding Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” For

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DUI killer of Folsom CO arrested following pursuit, collision

Man who killed Folsom correctional officer in DUI crash arrested again Bill Lindelof | Sacramento Bee A man who was convicted a decade ago for the traffic death of a Folsom Prison correctional officer was involved in another crash overnight that injured a driver. Scott Richard St. Pierre, 39, was arrested on suspicion of evading

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If the PLO and ACLU have their way, CDCR's Chapels will take on a decidedly different look.
Lawsuit: Atheist, and ‘non-traditional chaplains’ needed

“Discriminatory hiring” of chaplains unconstitutional? Complaint alleges atheists, “non-traditional faithful” deserve state-funded “chaplains” Noam D. Plume |Los Angles Times SAN FRANCISCO– California’s Atheist, Druid and Satanist inmates, among others, are being “systematically deprived of equal protection under the law” according to a federal court filing submitted by Berkeley’s Prison Law Office (PLO) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU). To remedy the alleged discrimination, “plaintiffs assert the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) must provide chaplains representing all faiths and, specifically, no faith” according to the lawsuit. Don Spector, Director of the

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CHCS slammed over inmate-patient deaths

PLO Report notes negligence and incompetence, CO responds Following is a memo from the overseers at the Prison Law Office to California Correctional Health Care Services Receiver Clark Kelso, the incompetent boob responsible for the mess at CHCF, his “model prison hospital.”  The document was forwarded by a regular reader, with the following preface: “This memo was discovered on the counter of a unit I was sworn to protect. The information enclosed is not surprising. I want to set the record straight for my brothers and sisters with badges. We are on these units as

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NYPD lighting up!

Do Kitchen lights prevent roaches? NYPD ordered to ‘drive around flashing lights’ to deter crime Kenneth Garger and Dana Sauchelli | New York Post Members of the NYPD’s elite Emergency Services Unit — many ex-military members who scale bridges to rescue jumpers and turn into rooftop snipers to nail hostage-takers — have been ordered to drive around the city’s worst neighborhoods with their lights flashing to deter crime, The Post has learned. The voluntary overtime shifts were ordered last month… The detail has some of the most highly trained cops driving around the most crime

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The Old Prison in Port Au Prince, above, was destroyed by earthquake.  A new prison, pictured below, was gifted by the People of Canada-- It was the target of the takeover escape.
Escape with force: Prison invaded, officers shot

Are US Prisons at risk of invasion escapes? Armed Haiti prison break frees unknown number of inmates CBS News Gunmen attacked Haiti’s main prison from within and without on Sunday, freeing an undetermined number of inmates, including a member of a prominent family who faces kidnapping charges… Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers told reporters the raid apparently was aimed at freeing Clifford Brandt, a businessman who has been imprisoned since 2012 on charges of kidnapping at least two children. …at least two guards suffered bullet wounds in the attack, which occurred shortly before noon at the

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It is a virtual certainty CDCR's medical costs will triple once Sovaldi is added to the official formulary.
Hep-C drug costs $84k per inmate

“We don’t have a choice — it’s the new standard of care” Why the Hepatitis Cure Sovaldi Is a Budgetary Disaster for Prisons Margot Sanger-Katz | New York Times Prisoners, unlike most Americans, have a constitutional right to medical care. That is why the introduction of an expensive new drug to treat hepatitis C is forcing prison administrators to begin wrestling with a big dilemma — save their budgets or treat their inmates. The drug, Sovaldi, which sells for $1,000 a pill, is also a source of consternation for health insurers and state Medicaid directors.

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State Senator Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin) proposes a bill allowing Sheriffs to export overflow inmates anywhere in the USA.  The state would help fund transporting the hazardous material.
Gaines’ bill would fund county jail exports

Sheriffs could trade, export or privatize State Sen. Ted Gaines Seeks to Add Jail Space Through Legislation Jon Lewis | aNewsCafe.com …a tour of the Shasta County Jail simply reinforced what state Sen. Ted Gaines expected when Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the Public Safety Realignment Act, the Rocklin Republican told Redding business owners on Tuesday. “This is a community overrun with crime,” Gaines said… “We predicted this would happen.” The legislation, which Gaines opposed, was enacted in 2011 to reduce California’s prison population by diverting certain non-violent offenders to county jails and shifting

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Oregon Parolee Ernest Kirk choked the chicken in front of Clackamas County Deputies before falling off a cliff into the river
Nude parolee rubs one off…cliff

Intoxicated masturbating man arrested after falling into Oregon river UPI OREGON CITY (UPI) — An Oregon man…is facing public indecency charges after allegedly falling into the Willamette River while masturbating… Oregon City Police spotted the suspect, Ernest Kirk, on a cliff…naked and touching himself… It was difficult for officers to communicate with the 31-year-old because he was about 75 feet below them, and Kirk “continued to masturbate in front of them for several minutes,” KPTV reported. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit was called in to assist with the situation. When a boat approached

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Altered auricle augers masticatory mayhem

KY con goes Tyson on jailmate, Poultry puns abound Floyd Co. inmate facing felony charge after biting another inmate’s ear off (VIDEO) Hillary Thornton | WKYT/WYMT PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) – It is not a crime you hear about often. Floyd County jail officials say an inmate bit another inmate’s ear off. …Brian Caudill, a habitual criminal with a record dating back at least to 1992…faces a felony assault charge and the incident was all caught on camera. Just after 10 p.m. on July 22nd, deputies in the detention center control room saw a fight break out

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Budget

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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There was a very good piece yesterday in the LA TIMES linked here by Paige St. John on CDCr parole agent caseloads.  Among other things it quotes retired parole agent supervisor Michael Taber as stating that the departments policy on supervision of case loads is “criminal negligence.” The general gist of the article is that

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BobsBlotter LAPD armored car gets some legit use

The LAPD engaged in a running gun battle with two suspects that ended early Monday with one man in custody and another man terminally rehabilitated.  One cop was also seriously wounded. The hoorah started about 0220 hours when the cops tried to pull over a Chevy Tahoe for reckless driving.  The driver instead hit the

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BobsBlotter Stockton racks up homicide #30

Stockton racked up homicide #30  yesterday morning, coming close to the 32 on the score board this time last year. The cops rolled up to W. Charter Way and S. Fresno Ave just before 0200 to find a 31-year old Latino man laying on the ground with several non-standard bodily orifices due to firearms discharges. 

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BobsBlotter High school student arrested for writing story about hunting

Yup, you read that right.  Alex Stone, 16, was doing a high school creative writing assignment.  He wrote a story about shooting a neighbor’s pet dinosaur.  It was, as you might imagine, a work of fiction.  His neighbor doesn’t really have a pet dinosaur so it could not reasonably be interpreted as a threat to

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Due to a clerical error, Rene Lima-Marin was release from a Colorado prison 90 years too soon In 2000, Rene Lima-Martin and Michael Clifton were convicted of multiple counts of robbery, kidnapping and burglary after they robbed two Aurora, Colorado video stores at gunpoint. Each man received consecutive sentences totaling 98 years. However, a court

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A St. Ann, Missouri cop faced off with a protestor in Ferguson, pointing an AR-15 at him and shouting expletives while threatening to kill him It seems as though some police agencies recruit their cops at insane asylums. Such must be the case with an unnamed St. Ann, Missouri cop who was one of the

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katz-litter4 William McDaniel: Candidate For Idiot Of The Year

Butte man’s butt is in trouble for calling cops to complain he didn’t get the sex he paid for On Saturday night, William McDaniel, 53, was patronizing the Sagebrush Sam’s Exotic Dance Club west of Butte, Montana. He happily plunked down $350 for a private lap dance in a back room of the strip club.

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

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PinTheTailOnThePublic Krupp Files: They have a plan for us

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The crabby cakes at CSP-LA fired Lt. Hughes then fired him after the termination.  The double-negative redounded to Hughes who was reinstated and awarded over a million by a jury. Krupp Files: Fired twice for good measure

Lawyers suffering from retaliation fever? Richard Krupp, PhD I recently read an appellate court decision noted by fellow Pacovilla blogger Bob Walsh regarding the Charles Hughes case. While working at CSP Lancaster, as a Correctional Lieutenant in 2004, he became the target of the CDC retaliation machine. This is around the time I was subject to similar departmental efforts. A jury found in favor of Hughes and awarded him damages in the amount of $1,670,393.37; the department of course took the case to the court of appeals with the help of the Attorney Generals’ office.

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Is it just me, or does this view of Islam look peace-loving? Drawn Lines

Global War (Not Warming) The prevailing winds of recent political storms around the world do not bode well for anyone living on planet Earth in the very near future. Unless a decisive change in American and allied response is forthcoming, freedom will falter, fade, and fail while tyranny threatens, tests, and triumphs. Whether you like it or not, believe it or not—global war (not warming) is on the horizon. Politicians are helpless to prevent it because of their lack of resolve and complacent constituencies. History bears this out. It happened earlier in the previous century

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The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. (from Psalm 19) Up Close and Personal

May I Take Your Order, Please? If you were given the chance for one hour in the Presence of God, how would you choose to spend it? Would you ply God with questions, seeking answers to complicated matters? Perhaps you might have a list of demands for others or yourself. Could you present a mountain of complaints to Him about things that perplex and frustrate you? Maybe you would be awestruck having never fathomed the magnitude of His existence. Think about the possibility for a few moments—just you and your Creator in the same place,

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Unions

BOBAtwaterSafety Attacks on BOP CO’s discounted, whitewashed?

Federal correctional officers assaulted at USP Atwater BY ROB PARSONS | Merced Sun-Star ATWATER–Two federal correctional officers are recovering at home after they were allegedly assaulted last week by federal inmates at U.S. Penitentiary Atwater. The Aug. 15 incident, which apparently resulted in separate and controversial lockdown orders, was not disclosed until a Merced Sun-Star reporter called seeking comment… Donald Martin, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1242, the union representing the 325 correctional officers working in Atwater, declined to comment directly on the assault because of the investigation. Martin did say

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Oregon Parolee Ernest Kirk choked the chicken in front of Clackamas County Deputies before falling off a cliff into the river Nude parolee rubs one off…cliff

Intoxicated masturbating man arrested after falling into Oregon river UPI OREGON CITY (UPI) — An Oregon man…is facing public indecency charges after allegedly falling into the Willamette River while masturbating… Oregon City Police spotted the suspect, Ernest Kirk, on a cliff…naked and touching himself… It was difficult for officers to communicate with the 31-year-old because he was about 75 feet below them, and Kirk “continued to masturbate in front of them for several minutes,” KPTV reported. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit was called in to assist with the situation. When a boat approached

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katz-litter4 Innocent Man Killed In Police Pursut Of Parolee

When California parolee Cedric Ramirez opened fire on pursuing police from inside a Pico Rivera house, a L.A. sheriff’s deputy mistook Frank Mendoza for the parolee and shot the innocent man dead as he was fleeing his home On Friday evening cops were in pursuit of Cedric Ramirez, a California parolee.  During the pursuit, Ramirez broke

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During a gun battle with Minnesota cops, the killer of a Mendota Heights police officer was merely wounded Shortly after noon on Wednesday,, Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick, 47, pulled over Brian George Fitch,39, on a routine traffic stop in that suburb of St. Paul, Minn. Fitch, a career criminal, opened the car door

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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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Jail Officers were not included in regular 'Townhall" meetings with the Black Guerrilla Family  conducted to '  quote' Gangster summits held to ‘run the jail more efficiently’

Stakeholder summits sack security Officer alleges jail leaders held town hall meetings with BGF Discussions aimed at resolving problems and improving management, officer told FBI Ian Duncan | The Baltimore Sun Management at the Baltimore jail held “town hall meetings” with Black Guerrilla Family gang members to get tips on how to better operate the institution… The allegation, contained in recently filed court documents, is the latest portrayal of the gang’s extensive influence at the jail before federal authorities stepped in last year. Since then, 14 corrections officers and 10 gang members have pleaded guilty.

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3 York County PA CO's are accused of official oppression by coercing inmates into performing juvenile stunts. 3 CO Stooges: Inmates consented to ‘official oppression’

Why do you keep hitting yourself? Judge questions proposed York prison guard defense Attorneys contend inmates willingly participated in “nonsensical and juvenile acts.” Rick Lee | York Daily Record York County Judge Richard K. Renn advised three attorneys representing three suspended prison guards that he does not think their planned defense will hold up at trial. His remarks immediately were met with a uniform gulp and a collective silence from the attorneys. David Michael Whitcomb, 28, of Hellam Township, Mark Andrew Haynes, 27, of Jacobus, and Daniel H. Graff, 38, of York, are charged with

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