Browsing Archive: December, 2011

WHAT PRICE SECURITY?

Posted by WebMaster on Thursday, December 29, 2011, In : SNAFUS 

The State Schools are supposed to be "secure facilities" and indeed, for the most part, they are.  Very few kids seem to get over the fence and/or back out into The Free without our letting them -- and that's a GOOD thing.  In that aspect, we're all doing the jobs we're getting paid for, keeping the kids securely locked up behind the fence to serve their sentences.



Sure, it comes at a high price.  A VERY high price.  The cost of maintaining secure youth lockups is millions and millions of doll...


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WEIGHING IT OUT

Posted by WebMaster on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, In : ACTIVIST ACTIVITIES 



What is it we're supposed to be trying to DO every day when we come to work... besides make a paycheck?  I'd like to suggest it's a combination of things -- not least of which is to HELP THE KIDS learn enough to finish up their incarceration with the knowledge and skills to stay out of the justice system, right?  Not an easy job, for sure -- but as most of us would have to admit (if only privately), a job we're NOT succeeding at very well.



And what are the KIDS supposed to be doing while they'...


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HAPPY HOLIDAYS MESSAGE

Posted by WebMaster on Sunday, December 25, 2011, In : SNAFUS 



Good news!  The year is almost over, and what a year it's been.  Christmas is tomorrow, and the New Year will soon be upon us as well... and to my fellow JCO's I  wish y'all a better year coming up than what THIS one was.



My wish list?  Well... I haven't been TOTALLY nice this year so I probably won't get (nor deserve) EVERYTHING I'd want.  But that's OK.  What might Santa dock me for, you ask?  Let's see...... I've called in 6 times these past 12 months, been put "under investigation" at leas...


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TOO MANY CHOICES

Posted by WebMaster on Thursday, December 22, 2011, In : UTTER BULLSHIT 



When you're ready to leave the State School, they ask you to fill out an "EXIT QUESTIONAIRE" and select just ONE answer as to why you're quitting.  Talk about a tough decision!!  Here's some of the reasons you can choose:

1.  "Conflict with co-workers":  That's a great one to start with, but is it the MAIN reason most folks quit?  Dunno.  MAYBE.  Over the years, there's been more than a few I simply couldn't stand to be around, let alone work with, for one reason or another.  These reason...


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TELL IT LIKE IT IS, BART!!

Posted by WebMaster on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, In : WHO'S STOOPID? 

 
All images courtesy of fooling around on THIS SITE.  







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WELCOME, NEWBIES!

Posted by WebMaster on Saturday, December 17, 2011, In : ACTIVIST ACTIVITIES 


Thanks for stopping by!  If you've never been here before, let me give you a general idea of what's going on at this site.

 It started out a number of months ago under another name; the URL containied the words "Giddings" and "TYC" -- and this (along with a link put on another site I used to manage) pissed off the Powers That Be so they put me on 3 months probation for being ... I dunno ... honest, I guess... even though they claimed the content of the site itself was (and I quote) "of no conc...


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THE GRITTY TRUTH

Posted by WebMaster on Friday, December 16, 2011, In : WHO'S STOOPID? 



Pasted below is a comment I added on the "Grits For Breakfast" blog website... if you've never been there, it's highly recommended!  There's almost SIXTY comments already on an article regarding the TYC/TJJD  transistion, and who will potentially be the new Executive Director.  This is a good time and a good place to ADD YOUR TWO CENTS.

Visit the site by clicking

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"What TJJD needs is to have a decision made "from the top" (who ever that ends up being) as to what the purpose of ...


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GETTIN' BETTER

Posted by WebMaster on Friday, December 16, 2011, In : SNAFUS 

It was almost funny how the ODS exclaimed "But you're supposed to be here at six o'clock tonight!!" when I called in this morning to say I wouldn't be able to work, again, due to this cold I've picked up.  When I explained to her for the second time that I DIDN'T FEEL WELL and was not going to take the chance of coming in and INFECTING EVERYONE ELSE at work she kind of didn't have much more of anything to say.  Whatta deal.  Don't blame ME, lady, if there's already been three other call-i...


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NOT COMING IN TODAY

Posted by WebMaster on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, In : SNAFUS 





I'll be honest.  I'm not exactly "playing hooky" today... I just don't feel up to getting geared up and going to work tonite -- so I called in.  What did I say?  "I think I'm starting to get a cold, and won't be coming in tonight".  That was about it.

Truth is, my throat is kinda scratchy.  Been sneezing.  Got somewhat of of a post-nasal drip snot stream going on... and I'm tired.  SICK AND TIRED.  Sick and tired of "not getting mine" when many of my co-workers (not to mention most of the 5's ...


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DON'T EXHALE -- YET

Posted by WebMaster on Tuesday, December 13, 2011,



Hang on and hang in there for a while yet, folks... there'll be more to come.

Problem is, things probably WON'T be getting any better on campus until:
1.  Some staff or youth "goes postal".
2.  Someone gets killed.
3.  Someone listens.

Not a cheery outlook today, but hey... it seems like the Austin American Statesman isn't gonna publish the letter to the editor I wrote to them, at least not yet.  Maybe after the shit hits the fan they will.  Who knows.  Who cares.

In the meantime, we'll continue to...


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THE "NEWS" v.s. "REALITY"

Posted by WebMaster on Thursday, December 8, 2011, In : UTTER BULLSHIT 


I don't wanna burst anyone's balloon, but the article printed in the GIDDINGS TIMES & NEWS was NOT all that accurate.  Allow me to point out a few discrepancies and make a few comments on today's headlining  article, "State School teens damage dorm, run around on campus."

1."About 50 students (they're anything BUT "students", as most of them go to class only to sleep and socialize) left a classroom... and ran around the facility for 45 minutes to an hour before they could be brought back ins...


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FOR BETTER OR WORSE, HERE WE GO!

Posted by WebMaster on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, In : ACTIVIST ACTIVITIES 



For better or worse, it seems like I've "tossed my hat into the ring" (an old boxing term indicating one's willingness to be a challanger) and will need to deal with whatever happens from here on with as much fortitude as necessary to make things better for myself and fellow JCO's.  Why is this?

Got an email from the Austin American Newspaper this morning, asking me to provide voice verification of a recent letter I emailed them, as they are considering publishing it.  Never before has the new...


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GETTING SOME TRACTION

Posted by WebMaster on Monday, December 5, 2011, In : WHO'S STOOPID? 

It's taken some time, but I think -- I HOPE -- there's a new dawn approaching.  Seems to me the cat is wiggling out of the bag a teensy bit, so to speak, so maybe we'll start seeing some light shed on what we've been having to deal with.  One can only hope.

I've been active in posting my views (and rants) hither and yon online so maybe, just MAYBE someone will pick up and run with it.  We'll see, eh? 



This morning's Austin American Statesman had a front page story about shady dealings in anoth...


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OPEN LETTER TO THE "HOUSTON CHRONICLE"

Posted by WebMaster on Friday, December 2, 2011, In : ACTIVIST ACTIVITIES 



"What most people probably do NOT know is that it's "business as usual" now that TYC has morphed
into TJJD... and business is NOT good.

Just within the past few days at the Giddings campus, there have been a few major riots, resulting in many injuries and thousands of dollars worth of destruction by the youth felons who are committed there. Earlier in the week there was a riot involving lots of pepper spray and scores of youth in the cafeteria... throwing trays, fighting, breaking windows. Yes...


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WebMaster I worked at GSS to help incarcerated youth for over 6 years, and saw a lot of changes... but not many of them GOOD. My mission on this website is to help promote positive changes so the time and effort by current JCO's at the Giddings State School -- and taxpayer money -- are not wasted. We ALL need to do what we can, and this is MY way of doing my part... the kids, and the State of Texas deserve no less!
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