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UPS AND DOWNS: Que Sera, Sera!

Posted by Curtis Moss on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, In : SNAFUS 

Now that the newspaper headlines are over... now that there's been a couple BigWig visits to campus... now that a few kids have been transferred to Mart, a few meetings called, and numerous other staff have up and quit -- NOW WHAT?  What does the future hold?



Too early to tell, most likely.  From what I've been led to understand, not much has really changed on campus... nothing that really COUNTS, anyhow.  Sure, there's been a push to get polo shirt uniforms for staff, but I'll betcha if they ...


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ADULT PRISONS ARE NOT NICE PLACES

Posted by Tim Moss on Friday, February 17, 2012, In : SNAFUS 

Here's some examples of what happens in the Real World Of Adult Incarceration -- not the bubblegum lockup that GSS has become.  If the kids only knew...







Consequences?  Control?  You bet.  Is it appropriate... or right?  Perhaps not.  Sometimes a person's "rights" end at the beginning of another person's knuckles, and if so, well... too late, too bad!  That's real life for ya and the kids locked up at Giddings NEED to understand there may be worse consequences for their actions than what they r...


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The 90 Day "Action Plan"

Posted by Tim Moss on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : SNAFUS 

After having read it all over, I've come to the simple conclusion that it ain't gonna fly, y'all.  Sorry to burst yer bubbles.


Reason? The Plan doesn't actually address what the CORE PROBLEM is on campus -- the need for accountability at all levels.  As the picture below illustrates, the problem starts AT THE TOP.



Call it what you will, but I see this "plan" mainly as a re-hash of previous promises and failed intentions.  Oh sure, it comes with the BEST of INTENTIONS and LOOKS GOOD on paper... ...


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SO FAR THIS YEAR ~~

Posted by WebMaster on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, In : SNAFUS 

The New Year is only a few days old... but SO FAR, here's some things I've either seen/experienced myself, have heard about (as rumor or fact) or know of that you can take with a grain or salt as you like, ALL within the past few days:



*  Yet another dorm had a WHOLE SHIFT call in, leaving both sides to be worked by visiting staff.  That's never a pretty picture, is it?

*  A female staff on my dorm up and quit without notice.  Word is she'll be looking for another State job.  Good luck -- qui...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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NEW BLOG PAGE

Posted by WebMaster on Thursday, October 27, 2011, In : SNAFUS 



ARRUGH!!

Trying to be TRICKY, I managed to screw up the previous blog, and will have to start it again... so look for a new bunch of entries and the re-posting of some old ones.  THANKS for your patience!

What I did is embed a SHOCKWAVE video... and for ?? reason, this blog progam seems to have puked on it... but ohhh, well -- live and learn.  The new blog page is almost fitting, in a way, since the original website that this one spun off from will be deactivated today or tomorrow, as per my co...


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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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