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THE END OF TJJD?

Posted by Tim Moss on Thursday, May 3, 2012, In : ACTIVIST ACTIVITIES 

It's looking like it MIGHT be the Beginning of the End for TJJD as we know it.  MAYBE.  Time will tell.



There's some rumblings going on... people are speaking up... the truth is coming out, and the reality of the situation is NOT looking good.  What IS good is that whatever the end result may be, it almost HAS to be better for the kids AND those who currently work at GSS.  HOW could things be WORSE?



Well... I know... they COULD be worse, but think about it -- is a half a loaf better than none, ...


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TIME IS RUNNING OUT

Posted by Tim Moss on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, In : ACTIVIST ACTIVITIES 



Almost halfway through the 90 day "plan"... and what has changed?  From what I'm hearing, the answer seems to be "little to nothing".  This is not good for the future of the kids, staff, Admin, or Austin.  Business as usual, is it?  Truth of the matter is... that's not gonna work anymore.  Change is necessary, NOW, more than ever.



Who will be the first to step forward and grab the bull by the horns?  If the 90 Day Plan "A" doesn't work -- is there an alternative Plan "B" waiting in the wings? ...


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LEAD, FOLLOW, OR... ???

Posted by Tim Moss on Monday, February 20, 2012, In : ACTIVIST ACTIVITIES 

...or WHAT?  Basicly, if no one's in charge, things just sort of flop around, headless, without purpose or reason.  Remind you of any State School you work at?



Leadership isn't something that can be faked real well, unless your bark is seen as worse than your bite.  Empty threats and promises soon fail to impress anyone, but some will try to get away with fuss and bluster as long as they can.  Overall, it's a losing proposition, and makes a "leader" look like a toothless tiger.  Who would foll...


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READY FOR A NEW "PLAN"?

Posted by Tim Moss on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, In : ACTIVIST ACTIVITIES 

OK, I'll bite -- it's looking like there's some kind of "plan" in the works, a 90 day plan, no less, that will be put in place to get GSS back on the track of doing right by the kids and staff... so I'm hoping.  Details will be coming in soon, and I'll eagerly be examining them for viability.  All I can say is, I hope whatever it is -- it works.

I do know of some approaches that work better than bribery, coddling, and excusing from responsibility.  Just about ANYTHING OTHER than the way things...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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