Browsing Archive: November, 2011

TOO LATE... TOO SMART.

Posted by WebMaster on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, In : SNAFUS 


Have we reached the bottom of the pit, yet?  I don't think so... but it's close at hand.

Just heard this morning that another major RIOT has taken place on the TYC Giddings campus; details are sketchy, but I heard it all started with 100+ (?) kids fighting at the school and then spilled out on to the softball field.  Who knows what really happened??  I don't, not yet, but will be going to work later today and hope to find out some details.

So.  Does it give me any pleasure to post about this in...


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ABOUT READY TO ROLL

Posted by WebMaster on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, In : ACTIVIST ACTIVITIES 



Are ya with us?

We all know The Big Change-uh-oh-over occurs in a couple days... TYC will get replaced with TJJD -- but will anything actually CHANGE for the better in regards to our jobs and work environments?  Think not?  I don't think so, either!

I'm not alone, and know of at least a few other JCO's who are ready, willing, and (depending on schedules) able to carpool a road trip to Austin and request an audience with The Powers That Be -- who ever they will be -- to voice our concerns in reg...


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FORGOTTEN LESSONS FROM THE PAST?

Posted by WebMaster on Friday, November 25, 2011, In : WHO'S STOOPID? 








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TAKIN' IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Posted by WebMaster on Thursday, November 24, 2011, In : ACTIVIST ACTIVITIES 



Well... I went and did it.

Don't know if it'll get published.. but it MAKES ME FEEL BETTER, dammit, that I DID SOMETHING.  Told her I'd gone to practically everyone and their brother to get someone to listen to what I've been trying to get across -- that GSS is FALLING APART, that both us JCO's and the kids are increasingly in danger, and that they are getting sent out of here in WORSE SHAPE than when they came in.  I asked if she knew of any one, or any way, or any thing I could do to get the...


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The BEAT Goes On

Posted by WebMaster on Monday, November 21, 2011, In : SNAFUS 



AGAIN I hear of a staff JCO getting injured and having to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance... it's getting to be a fairly frequent occurance, eh?  The problem is that there's no official sharing of what's happened -- everything starts out as a shred of information that may or may not simply be RUMOR then gets passed around from staff to staff, shift to shift, before the truth comes to light.  In the meantime, JCO's fan the flames of fear and frustration.

I SAY take down that damn "days...


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Am I just an "Old Meanie?

Posted by WebMaster on Saturday, November 19, 2011, In : WHO'S STOOPID? 



Some people may look at this site and see me as simply a grouchy old JCO with a bone to pick when it comes to Admin, Austin, and TYC in general.  This is NOT TRUE ... for the most part.  I'll qualify that by saying this:

The culture of TYC is NOT healthy.  If you think racism, sexism, cronyism, nepotism, corruption and outright fraud are GOOD things, then guess I'm wrong about the above assumption.  But most people feel they deserve to be served by and/or work for a State Agency that values tr...


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Yadda, Yadda, YADDA!!!

Posted by WebMaster on Saturday, November 19, 2011, In : SNAFUS 

No matter how you cut it, things are NOT getting better on our fair campus.  Promised and/or implied changes have not taken hold, and the situation here continues to disintergrate by the day.  Why, just recently...



* 15 kids were referred off of dorm 7 alone one night; an untold number also were taken from dorm 5.  At least 20 staff were called to help with the... the... what do you call it -- RIOT??  That must have meant that the REST of the dorms were being held down by no more than one staf...


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Typically TYC Day

Posted by WebMaster on Friday, November 11, 2011, In : SNAFUS 




Soooo... what's new?  Nothing much at TYC lately.  HOW SAD!

Left at 6:00-ish after witnessing a bloody fight by kids in the med line... and returned 12 hours later (for yet another 12 hour shift) to witness another fight in the cafe' where kids were fighting and bloody.  So -- what's new?



More understaffing every day -- nothing new there, either.  How does a 19 to 1 ratio work for ya?  Apparently no problem to Admin, who must be keeping their fingers crossed that nothing critical happens while ...


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Who's Got The FACTS??

Posted by WebMaster on Monday, November 7, 2011, In : SNAFUS 



Sometimes it's hard to separate the wheat from the chaff around here, you know?  Just yesterday afternoon I heard there was an incident on campus (the day before?) where some kids took a bunch (unknown number and types) of pills and crushed them up and put them in a (unknown) staff's soda... and the staff got real sick, throwing up etc, and had to go to the hospital.

Trying to get actual details on this incident last night, though, proved fruitless.  So... did it happen or not?  Is there a cov...


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LINKS TO MAKE YOU THINK

Posted by WebMaster on Friday, November 4, 2011, In : LINKS 'N SUCH 



Take a look here:

http://austin.tyc.state.tx.us/Cfinternet/prs/prs01/prs0109.html

This link details what the legally CORRECT relationships between youth and staff are SUPPOSED to be, and for anyone who has had to work in an unsafe environment, seen supervisors bribe the kids with food, etc (which is ALL OF US) it makes pretty interesting reading.  A good link to have on hand if and when real investigators start examining what the problems on campus are, and why, and who's responsible.  D'oh.

I p...


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Re-Posted -- ARCHIVE #1

Posted by WebMaster on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, In : ACTIVIST ACTIVITIES 

We've all heard a kid say "I go home regardless" -- and know that sometimes "regardless" is regardless of finishing out one's sentence in TDCJ, right?  But -I- get to go home ANY TIME I WANT and never have to step foot in a dorm again.  That's kind of a nice feeling, knowing there's an escape hatch should I need it.

And the nice things about home?  Ohhh, I've  been blessed because of what I've earned at TYC.  Things like:

  • Double-ply toilet tissue.
  • More video games, movies, high speed inte...


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RE-POSTED Archive #2

Posted by WebMaster on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, In : ACTIVIST ACTIVITIES 



Pasted below is a letter I mailed to the Director Head Lady of TYC earlier this year... and got no email response -- apparently then, as now, no one in the Ivory Towers is really much interested in my ideas and opinions.  Well, OK.  What do -I- know?


April 5th, 2011

Thanks for taking the time to read this email. I've been intending to write to you personally for quite some time now. After recently coming home from working my shift at a TYC facility -- I finally feel obligated to correspond ...


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LET THEM EAT CUPCAKES??

Posted by WebMaster on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, In : WHO'S STOOPID? 



Halloween has come and gone... and the youth proved themselves to be MONSTERS!!

Half of dorm 8 enjoyed a pizza party on dorm 1 for participating in the Red Ribbon program that most, but not all of the A-Side youth attented -- where EIGHT giant pizzas (from Reba's downtown) and gallons of Hawaiian Punch were provided.   Question:  WHO authorizes and pays for all that??  Musta cost close to $150 total.  Guess I shouldn't bitch; I DID get one piece.  Some of the kids got 3-4.  The case worker act...


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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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