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Prison guards avoid cost-cutting, rip off taxpayers

October 4, 2009

by Desha Carter

This photo illustrates a blog called copinthehood.com. Beside it the pro-police blogger, Peter Moskos, writes: “When it comes to locking people up, guess which side the union (the California prison guards’ union, CCPOA) takes? They want more prisoners. For prison guards, prisoners are jobs. And the more prisoners the better. More prisoners means more guards and more union power to get more prisoners. Shame.”
This photo illustrates a blog called copinthehood.com. Beside it the pro-police blogger, Peter Moskos, writes: “When it comes to locking people up, guess which side the union (the California prison guards’ union, CCPOA) takes? They want more prisoners. For prison guards, prisoners are jobs. And the more prisoners the better. More prisoners means more guards and more union power to get more prisoners. Shame.”
Hello to all of you dedicated fighters for justice and equality. I hope everyone is doing well during these economic hardships and severe cut-backs.

The purpose for this missive is to address the issue of state ordered furloughs affecting all state workers in California … except those of the prison industrial complex.

Allow me to expound: CDC (California Department of Corrections) has adopted a way to circumvent the impact of the furlough rule and, in the process of getting over by not having to adhere to this rule, never having to suffer any loss of their wages. They make extra money at the taxpayers’ expense!

Here’s how it works: On the days that each guard is to take a furlough day, they instead use a “vacation” day, thus not being forced to lose any actual working hours. But here’s the kicker: When those “vacation” furlough positions are open, their buddies (other guards) fill in for them on those days and earn “pay and a half” (overtime pay) for a regular eight-hour shift that is going to be alternated between them all. And they are milking the taxpayers dry.

This information needs to be brought before the Senate committee and the governor’s desk. This is a severe violation of funds appropriations and abuse of trust. The taxpayers of California should be made privy of this information so they may see how the penal system is taking them for a serious ride to the unemployment line and ultimately the poor house.

The circumvention of the furlough rule isn’t extended to doctors and nurses at all. It is only for “prison guards” who are always whining about they’re not paid enough! What a crock. They already get paid too much for this babysitting job.

Prisons are nowhere near as violent as they were in the ‘70s and ‘80s or even early ‘90s. The administration has made practically every prison into a “SNY” (snitch, pedophiles, rapists, victims’ yard) joint. All of the Level 4 180-degree design prisons are on a modified lockdown program like an Ad Seg or SHU unit; no going to the chow hall, no commissary, very limited program activity.

And for those who give the slightest hint of being independent thinkers and/or can’t be controlled by their peers or don’t cower in the presence of guards, they are immediately made targets by the guards and accused of and ultimately framed for being an “associate” or “member” of a “prison gang.” Then given an “indeterminate SHU” sentence, where they either parole, snitch (drop out or debrief) or die!

This is what prison has become. For those who want to just actively function amongst their peers, they’re either put on modified lockdown yards or validated and externally slammed in SHU. The only program choices are become a SNY or go to SHU to snitch, parole or die …

At any rate, the CCPOA and CDC act with impunity in everything they do. That is why they don’t adhere to the furlough rule. Because they, like most law enforcement, believe the law does not apply to them.

Why is it that if a regular Joe robs a store he’s sent to prison, but when prison guards (CDC and CCPOA union) rob the state (taxpayers), they get pay raises and promotions?

I’ll conclude this missive, but I look forward to seeing active steps being made to expose this information to the people. Continue to fight for social justice and keep up the good work of bringing relevant issues concerning the community and being a voice for the voiceless, who would never be heard if not for your involvement.

Revolution is a never-ending struggle. It is not for the faint hearted.

Send our brother some love and light. Write to: Desha Carter, H-19027, 4B-3L-07, P.O. Box 3481, Corcoran CA 93212. And make some noise about the prison guard ripoff. Call your state legislators and tell them to obey the federal judges’ order to release 44,000 prisoners – and lay off thousands of guards. – ed.

9 thoughts on “Prison guards avoid cost-cutting, rip off taxpayers

  1. Bob Billy Bad Ass

    Just good advice. You should view the California State Personnel Board web site and do some fact checking prior to posting any further comments about this issue.

    A memorandum was released about 6 months ago requiring all state employees to utilize their furlough hours prior to using any other type of hours. The only exception is made for sick leave.

    Also… “prison guards” have not received a raise since 2005.

    I love the part about “Call your state legislators and tell them to obey the federal judges’ order to release 44,000 prisoners – and lay off thousands of guards. – ed.” HA!

    That will save money! LOL!!! BTW I’m glad you got out. Inmate!

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  2. I see clearly

    CCPOA has been saying the furlough program is costing money since the Governor started it. CCPOA is sueing to stop furloughs. They don’t work for jobs that are running 24/7/365!

    On a side note, I hope the victim of inmate Carter’s crime is able to read his whining. I’m sure he didn’t care about his victim nearly as much as he thinks the public should care about him.

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  3. True Citizen

    Funny that an inmate would write such propaganda let alone be it published anywhere. As an educated black American in this day and age I find it troubling that any news outlet worthy of reading would not take the time to fact check a story prior to putting it out. This kind of behavior is detrimental to putting aside racial issues in our country and just lends creditability to those that want to imply that the black community is a drag on this society.

    Maybe I shouldn’t besurprised that some want to keep racisim alive, but with a brother in the White House we should think differently.

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  4. Honest Abe

    Seeing as though there is one side being spoken here, maybe the truth about Desha Carter should be told and his motives for his article. INMATE Carter is a 5-count CONVICTED rapist that had a violent history towards women prior to his conviction for his current term. INMATE Carters’ anoymosity towards authority is obvious given this article and his obvious intent to defame an intire proffesion of professional peace officers. The San Fransisco BayView should be ashamed for publishing this type of material, but as mong as the paper considers itself the “Nations Black Newspaper” this garbage will continue to find the light of day.

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  5. Lisa

    My fiancee and father is an employee of the CDC and just so you know…this doesn’t happen. They do not get vacation pay any more – they lose money by taking vacations. And as for working more shifts and making time and a half, that is how most of these officers live! Their regualr pay checks go to their bills and what ever they have to eat on comes from their overtime checks.
    Maybe this author should get some facts from actaul officers before publishing BS.

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  6. Mr.Desha Carter

    THIS IS MR. CARTER, WHO SUBMITTED THE ARTICLE THAT HAS SO MANY UP IN ARMS. FIRST OFF, I WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT ON THE COWARD WHO ATTEMPTED TO ASSASSINATE MY CHARACTER IN A MALICIOUS FASHION. THE COWARD STATED THAT I WAS A CONVICTED RAPIST. WELL THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MATTER IS THAT I HAVE NEVER BEEN CONVICTED OF ANYTHING REMOTELY AS APPALLING AS RAPE! STATISTICS WILL SHOW THAT 87% of rape/pedophilia is committed BY MIDDLE AGE HETEROSEXUAL WHITE MEN. SO FOR THIS COWARD TO KEEP THE NEGATIVE STIGMA THAT BLACK MEN LONG FOR PALE FACE DISGUSTINGLY THIN CAUCASOID WOMEN IS A GROSS MISREPRESENTATION OF MYSELF AND BLACK MEN IN GENERAL! MY CASE RECORDS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND CAN BE VIEWED BY ALL. IF ANY OF YOU “MOLES” WHO PROPAGATE THIS CRAP ABOUT ME WERE SPEAKING ANY TRUTH AT ALL. YOU WOULD HAVE PROVIDED SOME EVIDENCE OF THE FLAGRANT B.S. YOU HAVE PUT INTO CYBERSPACE. IT IS A KNOWN TACTIC THAT HAS BEEN USED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THEIR AGENTS TO VILIFY THE CHARACTER OF AN INDIVIDUAL WHOM THEY CONSIDER A PROBLEM OR THORN IN THEIR SIDE,TO ASSASSINATE A PERSONS CHARACTER TO DISCREDIT THEM, AND ONCE THEY HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL AT DOING SO. THE INDIVIDUAL LOSES HIS VOICE AND IS FORCED INTO SILENCE, BUT I WILL NOT BE SILENCED BY ANY OF YOU COWARDS! AND FOR THE PERSON WHO SAID THAT I WANTED THE PUBLIC TO SYMPATHIZE WITH ME. NOTHING COULD BE ANY FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. THIS WAS NEVER ABOUT ME, ITS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT THE AVERAGE HARD WORKING STATE WORKER, WHO IS NOT SUPPORTED BY THE CCPOA– ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL UNIONS IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. I HAVE SINCE BEEN FREED FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRUPTIONS, AND WILL GLADLY CONFRONT ANY OF YOU COWARDS WHO HAVE HIDDEN BEHIND A KEY BOARD AND CALLOUSLY INSULTED AND ATTACKED ME, FACE TO FACE. WHEN SHOULD WE MEET? IN REGARDS OF: MR. DESHA CARTER

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  7. Rosa Parks Wasn't Tired

    Maybe it’s time to start sueing the guards union,instead of the state, for the daily human rights abuses they enact upon the human beings in their care, bankrupt them, worked with the KKK! Then they wouldn’t have the financial power to terrorize our elected officials into submission. The guards are the real ‘animals’ and have been on state welfare far too long. While our children,our elderly, our disabled and thousands of homeless and mentally ill go without these goons are robbing the state coffers around the clock. The only good thing about the prison system is it keeps the guards of the street 8 hours a day. And they would be on the streets as most couldn’t hold a job anywhere else. Unless of course they go into business selling care packages to inmates at a ridiculous mark up after convincing the state that packages from home were too great a security risk, and then have a monopoly on the market, like that would happen.

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  8. Bella

    How anyone can call a Corrections officer and animal is beyond me. They work in the most repressed line of work EVER! If a white guard tells a black inmate to lock up – he’s racist. If an inmate DELIBERATELY defies an Officer and the officer puts him in hand cuffs – it’s excessive force. If an officer gets an unknown liquid thrown on him, the inmate has to AGREE to be tested for a communicable disease.
    And we should continue to help the elderly and sick – not the lazy and drunk. Welfare is a nothing more than an abused joke.
    If someone wants to bring up the state budget – why not take away the free cable TV that inmates have? Or the top quality medications that they receive while those people who are rightfully on welfare can’t afford food, let alone insurance. Why does an inmate need an MRI every time he complains of a headache? Prisons should go back to the way they were in the 70′s – actual punishment.

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  9. Christine

    I think this whole world is about HATE!! Just because a corrections officer is there to keep a criminal locked up gives them no reason to treat inmates bad, abuse them, or use there badge as a power kick. Just because a inmate is locked up doesn’t mean they should be treated like crap. This whole world is about control and power. No one knows how other poeple are, how they were raised, not everyone is rich to have great lives. A lot of people in this world have a disease and only some see that. But, Ihate to break it to you drug addiction is a disease and these people need rehabs and help. Just like cancer and hiv-aids. You guys just see oh they commited crimes lock them away. Well, the wonderful place you lock them up your paying for and I’d rather pay to have them in rehab and working on work released then sitting in a prison not getting help and then most get release back into the world and never got help. And the wonderful SHU unit and AD Seg is crazy. These inmates should not be put in these cells forever. They are there with no windows,air, and can’t get programs,no work, nothing. Just because some stupid cops want to believe they are associates or gang members. Grow up who cares you guys are just scared. Because half the inmates locked up would kick your ass behind the badge. You put them in there so you don’t have to deal with them. It’s cruel and you don’t care there dying in there cells. One less inmate you have to care for. In CA your state is so screwed up you people don’t know if your coming or going. The governor has straight bankrupt your state and you people keep letting the wrong ones in office. You people are o.k with these prisons spending 45,000 a year for an inmate in the mean time your children don’t have healthcare, housing, welfare, or education. You people are wonderful. Three strikes was great to start so great your locking every person up and then the cycle keeps going and your children and there children are being raised in orphans, foster care, or other family members. The cycle just keeps going. Great job. There should be set sentences for every crime. Another thing a man gets 105/life for bank robbery but a murder gets 25/life you guys make me laugh. I think it’s time for everyone to sit back and think what you really want in November 2010 for CA. Before you put another retard into office. I know some will say oh your crazy or run there mouth about what I have said but run your mouth away I speak the truth first hand and someone in this world has to say something I’m not scared and no one else should be. Screw three strikes and government spending on junk. Stand up for our children of the future it’s time… Or they won’t have a future and the world s going down the drain fast.

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