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Recent events concerning the corrections industry and the topic of Workplace & Industry Issues. Comments, suggestions and contributions (below) appreciated.

  • Six Members of Transnational Hacking Group, “The Community,” Indicted for Crimes Related to SIM-Swap Hacks
    Six members of a transnational hacking group known as “The Community” have been indicted in the Eastern District of Michigan and charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in relation to SWIM-swap hacks they allegedly conducted to steal cryptocurrencies by taking over victim’s cellphones....[more]

  • Assaults on prison guards in N.Y. at all-time high, union complains
    Assaults on correction officers at New York State prisons are on the increase.

    The union representing the officers says violence against them is at an all-time high.

    State officials who oversee New York’s 54 prisons and their 53,611 inmates do not put it in such dramatic terms. They say there has been an “uptick” in assaults....[more]

  • Florida Fires 13 Prison Employees In Crackdown
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — State prison officials did some major house cleaning this week, firing a total of 13 people, in the wake of widespread abuse allegations.

    The Florida Department of Corrections on Friday announced the dismissal of three officers and two sergeants for punching and kicking a prisoner at Lancaster Correctional Institution....[more]

  • Male Guards Can Sue Over Jobs At Women’s Prison
    PITTSFIELD TWP. (AP) - The Michigan appeals court on Wednesday cleared the way for a class-action lawsuit by dozens of male guards who said they’ve been denied overtime and job assignments at the state’s only prison for women solely because they’re men.

    The court, 3-0, affirmed the decision of a Washtenaw County judge....[more]

  • Aramark facing $200,000 fine; prison union official calls penalty a 'slap on the wrist'
    LANSING — The state will fine Aramark an additional $200,000 and upgrade monitoring of its prison food service, but it has no plans to cancel the controversial contract, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Friday....[more]

  • Pot-selling police officer gets 18 months in jail
    As a Buffalo police officer, James Hamilton Sr. was caught in November selling a quarter-pound of his homegrown marijuana to an informant. He pleaded guilty three months later in a deal that would give him somewhere between 18 and 24 months behind bars....[more]

  • Female wardens avoid their desk to walk cell block
    DAYTON, Texas (AP) — An ominous warning is posted in red and white on a thick steel door flanked by fences topped with razor wire: "No hostage shall pass through this gate."

    It is a standing order to this prison's staff and an advisory to any visitors who enter this penitentiary that is home to some of the state's more dangerous sex offenders....[more]

  • Prison Officers Need Help, but They Won’t Ask for It
    Norman Seabrook, president of the New York City Corrections Officers’ Benevolent Association, is recounting a phone call he received two weeks ago from a distraught woman named Melanie. After almost 20 years working under the relentless stress of a New York City jail, Melanie’s corrections officer girlfriend had had enough....[more]

  • Former staffer shoots herself at Nebraska prison
    YORK, Neb. (AP) — Authorities are investigating why a former staffer at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women walked into the state prison with a rifle and demanded to be let inside before shooting and injuring herself....[more]

  • Corruption and the Maryland public-sector prison guard union
    Readers of this blog are familiar with my writing on public-sector prison guard unions. In Privatization and the Law and Economics of Political Advocacy, my article in the Stanford Law Review, I discussed the often-heard critique of prison privatization that charges that privatization will distort criminal law because private prison firms will have an incentive to lobby for greater criminal penalties. But, I argued, this charge ignores the massive role already played by public-sector prison guard unions like the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, which has been very active in pro-incarceration lobbying....[more]

  • Philly prisons: What about the good guys?
    I APOLOGIZE to the corrections officers and supervisors who felt tainted by yesterday's story about Michael "Fat Mike" Davis, who died after an incident at the Philadelphia Detention Center....[more]

  • Corrections Corp. of America exiting Idaho after scandal, lawsuits - Mired in controversy, CCA declines to renew its contract with the state.
    BOISE, Idaho - Private-prison giant Corrections Corp. of America will leave Idaho after more than a decade marked by scandal and lawsuits surrounding its operation of the state's largest prison....[more]

  • A timeline of CCA's operations in Idaho
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Seventeen years ago Idaho's state-run prisons were overflowing and years of tough-on-crime legislation promised that the flow of new inmates would continue to increase. Idaho needed a new prison, but lawmakers weren't wild about paying to build and run one....[more]

  • Federal prison guards in B.C. face rising threats of riots and attacks from inmates who are angered over prison-job wage cuts and diminishing benefits, sources say.
    Federal prison guards in B.C. face rising threats of riots and attacks from inmates who are angered over prison-job wage cuts and diminishing benefits, sources say.

    This week, wage cuts took effect in federal penitentiaries across the country, causing protests and job strikes in some eastern jails... ...[more]

  • R.I. Department of Corrections looking for female officers
    PROVIDENCE — The Department of Corrections wants to see more women in prison — as correctional officers, that is....[more]

  • State probation officer faces bribery, drug, gun and sex charges in Staunton
    STAUNTON, Va. — A Virginia Department of Corrections probation officer faces bribery, drug, gun and sex charges in Staunton....[more]

  • AVL court system set to save millions
    About $4.5 million will be saved over a decade from reduced prisoner transportation, including in Otago.

    The Department of Corrections spent about $5.8 million transporting prisoners nationwide in the 12 months to June 30.


  • NYSCOPBA: Anything But a Holiday Weekend at Five Points Correctional Facility
    ROMULUS, N.Y., Sept. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While many New Yorkers enjoyed barbequing and other holiday activities with family and friends this past Saturday, Correction Officers at Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, NY, had their hands full responding to a myriad of inmate fights and staff assaults, which sent three Officers and one Sergeant to the hospital....[more]

  • Former New Mexico Probation Officer Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault and False Statements Charges
    ALBUQUERQUE – Gordon Chavez, 35, a former probation officer with the New Mexico Department of Corrections Division of Probation and Parole, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to charges related to the sexual assault of a probationer whom he supervised. Chavez pleaded guilty to one count of violating the victim’s right to bodily integrity when he touched her against her will. Chavez also pleaded guilty to one count of making material false statements to the FBI when he denied both inappropriately touching females whom he supervised and asking for naked photos of them.

    According to court documents, Ch...[more]

  • The Private Prison Complex—America takes notice
    Peace College ; Raleigh, NC - opinion By Nikolas Williams When one thinks of modern industries in the United States what companies come to mind? Wal-Mart, Apple, oil companies such as Exxon and Chevron likely make that mental list....[more]

  • NH county corrections officer's burglary record sparks statewide debate about criteria
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — On the surface, Cheshire County Corrections Officer Thomas Schoolcraft’s bid for a pardon for burglaries he committed as a teen seems like an isolated request by a convicted felon who wants to further his law enforcement career....[more]

  • Vaughn Correctional Center in Delaware Gets New Warden
    The Department of Correction announced Thursday that David Pierce will take over at Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna on Sunday....[more]

  • Inmate Attack Leaves Attica Correction Officer Hospitalized
    ATTICA, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One Correction Officer remains hospitalized after suffering multiple fractures and a concussion, and two others were treated for injuries at area hospitals, following a violent inmate attack yesterday at Attica Correctional Facility....[more]

  • Guards blind-sided by prison closings
    When the state Department of Corrections moved to close state prisons in Greensburg and Cresson without any warning to its corrections officers, their families or those communities, it set a precedent that should concern communities that host state prisons across the state....[more]

  • Contract Awards: Wisconsin Department of Corrections Awards Contract for Domestic Violence Group Services to ATTIC Correctional Services
    MADISON, Wis., Aug. 21 -- Wisconsin Department of Corrections has awarded a contract (No. SN-4188) to ATTIC Correctional Services Inc. on Aug. 20 for the domestic violence group services in Madison and Monroe....[more]

  • Maine State Prison looking to fill 20 job openings
    WARREN, Maine (AP) - Corrections officials are looking to fill 20 jobs at the Maine State Prison in Warren. The Department of Corrections says it wants to fill the correction officer openings by Aug. 26. The jobs pay an average of $34,000 a year with benefits....[more]

  • Racketeering: Correctional officer pleads guilty
    Baltimore, Aug 14 (IBNS) Jennifer Owens, a/k/a O and J.O., age 31, of Randallstown, Maryland, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a racketeering conspiracy for smuggling drugs and other contraband for Tavon White and other member of the Black Guerilla Family (BGF) gang inside several correctional facilities....[more]

  • Oklahoma DOC received just $1 million increase
    While staffing shortages continue at Oklahoma prisons and the inmate population grows, the Department of Corrections received a $1 million budget increase this year - a fraction of what it had asked for....[more]

  • Cook Co. corrections worker accused of sex assault
    The Chicago Sun-Times reports 39-year-old Daniel Robinson is charged with unlawful restraint and criminal sexual abuse. He appeared in bond court Sunday.

    Assistant State's Attorney Oscar Garcia says Robinson met the girl online and told her he worked as a police officer....[more]

  • Report on Ohio inmate escape cites prison staff errors in crew counts, response to alarms
    Corrections staff failed to properly count work crews and follow policy in responding to alarms when an inmate used ladders to escape a state prison last month, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said. The department said four employees from the Mansfield Correctional Institution have been placed on administrative leave pending further review and might face discipline. ...[more]



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