June 6, 2012

Not much left for me to do here anymore, I'm beginning to think... and not too sure where to go.
It's been 5 months now since I walked down the sidewalk at Giddings State School and out the gate  --  never to return.  I'd had enough.  I QUIT, and had no desire to set foot on campus again.  I DID however, still have a burning rage within me, fueled by the inexcusable  ways I'd been treated over the past 6 1/2 years there... the way The System had let down the youth and taxpayers... the rotten, corrupt, festering TYC culture that let supervisors and their toadies get away with whatever they wanted -- things like that.  I was PISSED.

Time has since softened some of those bad feelings.  Having the opportunity to go into business for myself and make a living doing what I ENJOY has mellowed some of the bitterness of having worked all that time at the school as a wage slave for nothing more than a damn check.  And -- most of all -- some changes have taken place over the past 5 months that have given me a satisfying sense of vindication and payback.   It seems my efforts here have not been totally wasted, although I'll never know FOR SURE how much this site may have figured into what has happened.  I'll be content to pat myself on the back, anyhow.

The above mentioned changes include (among other things) some former key players no longer a part of the system.  Stan -- fired, and suing.  Jackie -- demoted.  Cherie -- resigning in disgrace.  I hear other staff I had issues with have quit or been nudged out as well.  Some GOOD and competent staff have also left, and if I was ANY type of example or role model of how/why to get out of that place -- all the better.  I can only hope they are as happy as I am to be away from GSS and are living a better life as well.

Some other changes have occured -- there has been more media coverage of the problems at the facility, some new programs and procedures have been put in place, a little re-organization here and there... but still, staff are getting hurt and working WAY too many overtime hours for no appreciation.  The kids still are not being consequenced appropriately for their misdeeds, and are being sent back out into society in worse shape than when they arrived on campus.  The culture of see no evil hear no evil speak no evil still is the operational mantra of Admin and the Supervisors -- no, things are NOT peachy keen on campus... but at this point now, what can I do?

The site will remain up as a forum for working JCO's, concerned citizens, and as a legacy to those who tried to make Giddings State School a better place for people to work, and for youth to be rehabilitated.  The fire has gone out of my belly, I've no longer got an axe to grind, and the bitter taste of all those wasted years putting up with the shit that I did has diminished for the most part.  No longer do I yell obscenities out my car window when driving by the road outside the campus... guess I've healed up and am ready to move on.


UPS AND DOWNS: Que Sera, Sera!

May 22, 2012

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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May 9, 2012

Gotta admit it, things have been tough for TJJD lately -- what with making headlines in the Austin American Statesman newspaper THREE days in a row, and now, the kids escaping from Turman House... what's next?

If anything, it seems likely there will be MORE dirty laundry hanging out to dry -- the politicians are about ready to blow a gasket and will do whatever necessary to divert attention from their own culpability in what's been happening at GSS... of course.  But they've known what the sco...

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May 3, 2012

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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April 24, 2012
We all know what the missing component is on campus... it's a lack of order.  A little DISCIPLINE might be in order to get situations back on track.  Discipline comes in all sorts of degrees and levels of commitment; SOMETHING needs to be tried, eh?   Remember Victory Field?  According to the folks at PART-TIME-COMMANDER.COM, here's the breakdown of what constitutes Military Discipline:

    Respect the rank of others
  • Follow orders
  • Place the good of the unit above the needs of your own
  • A...

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April 17, 2012

Now that I'm self-employed, making do with what we have around the house is even more important than ever.  When the back wheels of my lawmower gave out, I had to come up with some replacements... so took the front wheels off Grandma's old wheelchair and slapped them on the mower.  Even though the rear wheels are no longer adjustable for height, the lawmower is back in operation and all is well. 

R.I.P. GRANDMA -- WE MISS YA.  It wasn't until she had passed on that we were able to go fulltime...

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April 15, 2012

May be what you ASKED FOR, but all you got was

Put that data through a GSS computer (or, an employee's mind) and you could end up with

Which leads to



I SAY it's time to get GSS geared up to the Real World...not only in regards to their computers but also with the way information is dealt with between staff/staff, facilty to the media, line workers to supervisors and everyone to the youth.

Left unchecked, the antique computer system on campus will eventually go

and when it does, t...

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April 11, 2012

Say a kid is scheduled to get released at noon in the middle of the month.  That morning, in the med line, chances are he may be given a number of psychoactively mind-and-mood altering medications... Ritalin, Seroquel, etc etc.  He'll be watched closely by a staff, made to show the pill(s) on the tongue, swallow them, get another drink of water, gargle, do a finger wave, and cough before he can proceed to breakfast... right?

He goes back to the dorm, maybe zonks out for a few hours, then leave...

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TROUBLE? What trouble?

April 3, 2012

I have to admit: being labeled a TYC "troublemaker" by an ex-co-worker on another website gave me a real WARM feeling.  Sure, I understand -- well, I THINK I understand -- what the person meant, but let's take a closer look at what that (perhaps) disdainful moniker may imply.

First off -- let's define what a "troublemaker" actually is, namely,
 "A person who habitually causes difficulty or problems, esp. by inciting others to defy those in authority."

OK, I'll accept that... pretty much.  For t...

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March 29, 2012

Life is good. 

Instead of making a living spending my time 5 days a week (or more) sitting in a dark doorway from 10PM-6AM (or longer) and listening to kids fart and snore, I now sit next to a tattoo-equipment-covered picnic table from 10AM-5PM on weekends and watch people walk by at flea markets in Austin, San Antonio, and Houston.  Some stop and look at what's offered for sale, others just want to talk and show off their ink.  Some buy full kits, needles, ink, or some other type of esoteric...

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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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