Go East, young CO!?
Today Paco takes advantage of somewhat contradictory information received via email. On the one hand, a union source sent me a link to the excerpted article indicating the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYDOC) contests the New York CO union's assertion the staff to inmate ratio is “dangerously low at” 3:1. (!)
On the other, a web-based Criminal Justice Education clearinghouse wanted us to share an NYDOC recruiting video by Daniel F. Martuscello III–NYDOC is recruiting regardless of the staffing ratio.
So, with CDCR laying off officers and parole agents and the State sinking into a financial abyss, it seems New York may be worth a look. Like California, most of the state's facilities are in suburban or rural areas where homes and rents are affordable. Yes, the weather can get pretty severe there but, give global warming a chance: Long Island may be boasting a Mediterranean climate in no time!
Jimmy Vielkind, Times-Union
Are New York’s prisons understaffed?
The union representing prison guards along with the state’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision got into a spat of words Monday after the union, the New York State Corrections Officers PBA, claimed the state’s prisons are “operating at dangerously low staffing levels.”
The union said inmates were re-consolidated within various prison facilities on Friday, and that state statistics show 17,478 correction officers overseeing an inmate population of 55,791, above the desired 3:1 ratio between inmates and guards.
“Everyday when they go to work, NYSCOPBA members put their lives on the line on behalf of the people of New York,” said Donn Rowe, the union’s president. “The state should support those brave men and women by fully staffing our prisons. NYSCOPBA has repeatedly called for an independent review of our prison system.”
DOCCS officials disputed their math, saying it failed to account for some guards and didn’t count supervising sergeants, assistants or safety officers…(Full text at Times-Union)
With a desired staffing ratio of 3:1, CDCR would need over 41,000 correctional officers. Now, with all due respect and deference to our east coast counterparts, California CPO's would be pleased as punch to be staffed at New York State Corrections current levels. But, with CDCR implementing the new cookie cutter staffing scheme and devolving in general, the ratio here will only get worse–You'll have to go East to enjoy adequate staffing levels.
In that context, compliments of Matt Gardner at CriminalJusticePrograms.com, here's the link to the aforementioned recruiting video from New York State’s Daniel F. Martuscello III, New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision: http://www.criminaljusticeprograms.com/states/new-york/
Now, Paco isn't advising anyone to pull the pin and move to New York. I'm not talking against it either. After all, this is the 21st Century–East is the new West, they say. -