TAX PAYERS RIPPED OFF FOR $4.5 MILLION A YEAR

TEXAS PRISON SYSTEM (TDCJ) HAS 150 PRISON UNITS. EACH PRISON UNIT EMPLOYS AT LEAST 1 GRIEVANCE COORDINATOR TO THE TUNE OF $30,000.00 A YEAR. HIS SOLE PURPOSE IS TO INVESTIGATE INMATE COMPLAINTS AND TO TRY AND REMEDY THE GRIEVED SITUATION.

UNIT GRIEVANCE COORDINATORS SIMPLY DEFER JUDGMENT TO THE EXPERTISE OF THE DEPARTMENT BEING COMPLAINED ABOUT. IN OTHER WORDS, TAX PAYERS ARE SHELLING OUT $4.5 MILLION DOLLARS EACH YEAR TO THESE DELIVERY PEOPLE WHO SHUFFLE PAPERS AND PAY LIP SERVICE TO THEIR BENEFACTORS WHILE DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING FOR THE INMATES WHO FILE THE GRIEVANCES.

I PROPOSE THAT THE PRISON SYSTEM USE THAT MONEY FOR A WORTHWHILE ENDEAVOR. WE THE INMATES CAN SEND OUR GRIEVANCES DIRECTLY TO THE DEPARTMENTAL SUPERVISOR OURSELVES, THUS SAVING THE TAX PAYERS $4.5 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR WHICH CAN BE USED TO PURCHASE 3 DRUG DOGS FOR EVERY PRISON UNIT. THE DRUG DOGS CAN BE USED TO SNIFF OUT DRUGS FROM EACH VEHICLE ENTERING OR LEAVING THE PRISON GATES AS WELL AS EACH INDIVIDUAL ENTERING AND LEAVING THE COMPOUND, INCLUDING BOTH GUARDS AND INMATES.

INTRODUCING ILLEGAL DRUGS INTO A PENAL INSTITUTION IS A 3RD DEGREE FELONY, PUNISHABLE BY UP TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON. THAT IS WHY TDCJ WOULD RATHER GO AFTER THE DRUG USER, RATHER THAN GO AFTER THE DRUG PUSHER. THEY DO NOT WANT THE PUBLIC KNOWING THAT THEIR PHONY IMAGE IS RIDDLED WITH DRUG DEALERS, AND THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO CAPTURE THESE GUARDS BECAUSE THE PRISON SYSTEM IS IN DIRE NEED OF MORE RECRUITS AS IT IS. THAT'S WHY THEY WANT TO HIDE THE REAL PROBLEM & KEEP IT SELF-CONTAINED, BY GOING AFTER THE INMATES, CELL SEARCHES, ETC. THE IRONY OF THE SITUATION IS THIS: THE SAME GUARDS WHO SUPPLY DRUGS & TOBACCO PRODUCTS TO THE INMATES ARE PROBABLY USED TO SEARCH INMATES & THEIR CELLS FOR THOSE SAME ILLEGAL ITEMS, NO DOUBT TO THE CHAGRIN OF THE USER AND THE CHEERS OF THE SUPPLIER.

THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT DOES NOT ALLOW THE PUBLIC ACCESS TO INMATE'S DISCIPLINARY RECORD. How CONVENIENT. IF THE PUBLIC HAD THAT INFORMATION AND COMPARED THAT WITH HOW MANY GUARDS WERE FIRED OR SUSPENDED DUE TO INTRODUCING TOBACCO OR ILLEGAL DRUGS INTO THE PRISON SYSTEM, THE RECORD WOULD SPEAK FOR ITSELF. TDCJ's RANDOM SEARCH OF IT'S GUARDS IS MOSTLY A PAPER SEARCH. ON PAPER IT IS CARRIED OUT BUT IN ACTUALITY IT DOES NOT EXIST. WHY NOT? BECAUSE THE GUARDS WILL TELL THEIR UNION REPRESENTATIVE THEY ARE BEING HARASSED AND THE UR WILL CALL THE UNIT WARDENS AND COMPLAIN, SO TO AVOID ALL OF THAT, THE POWERS THAT BE HAVE NO MANDATORY DRUG TESTS FOR GUARDS & THE GUARDS ARE MAKING A KILLING OFF THE INMATES. EVEN IF THE GUARDS WERE MAKING A DECENT SALARY, SOME WOULD STILL SMUGGLE ILLEGAL DRUGS & TOBACCO PRODUCTS INTO THE PRISON BECAUSE IT PAYS SO WELL. As LONG AS THE GUARDS POLICE THEMSELVES, IT IS NOT GOING TO CHANGE. TDCJ BLAMES THE INMATES FOR EVERYTHING BECAUSE IT KEEPS THEIR PUBLIC IMAGE INTACT. WHERE DO YOU THINK THE DRUGS ARE COMING FROM? WAKE UP FOLKS AND SMELL WHAT YOU ARE STEPPING IN.