April 6, 2017
I know an employee who was assaulted at work, and received 40 hours off. She took her case all the way to Step III. Of course the Director denied her grievance, without even meeting her. Of course , the grievance system is a farce, as is the Administrative Investigation system. There are no investigations, beyond reading the reports generated from the incident(s). That's why morale is so low, and turnover so high.
April 1, 2017
The ADC is now hiring back folks who quit in lieu of investigation or termination. The obvious next step is to fire covered employees, as they are doing now, but the following week, offer the former employee a job as an "at will" or uncovered employee, make the statistics look better. Of course, we don't see the vacancy report anymore, and the way ADC works, it wouldn't be a true depiction of what the truth is. Ethics are for COIIs and COIs, some lieutenants and sergeants, and some COIIIs. Above that rank, ethics seems to be a rarity, as everyone is trying to advance, and the only way to do that is to "ride for the brand." Not the ADC brand, the Good Ole Boys in Central Office.
BTW, had a run in with the Director's Gestapo when I turned in some paperwork last week. Seems all the Handicapped and Visitor parking was full, so I parked in front of the steps to Central Office to reduce the distance I had to walk. I was told in no uncertain terms by the Director's "Protection Detail," (Gestapo,}who standing around doing nothing, that I was to move it immediately. Probably so the Director wasn't inconvenienced by having to walk around it.
March 29, 2017
I have neglected this website for too long, but I am back now. Watch this page for commentary on goings-on within the department.
May 25, 2016
Are you a female employee who has had trouble getting relieved to use the restroom, or worse, been humiliated by urinating on themselves, then being forced to exit the unit at shift change in wet trousers? I have an attorney who wants to hear your story, with the long term intent of filing a class action EEO complaint against ADC. Please contact me if you have a complaint you wish to have addressed. firstname.lastname@example.org
Something important is taking place during this year's election! One of our own, Joe Rodriguez is running against the current sheriff of Maricopa County! Joe Rodriguez, who quit as a sergeant to go back to school, now has a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, and is the Democratic candidate for Sheriff
Oddly enough, within hours of filing his paperwork, his personnel file was released to the media. Now, if you have ever tried to get something out of Public Access, you know it takes weeks, sometimes months for them to comply. So why was Joe's file released so quickly? Read between the lines, it is partisan politics, and the media is already smutting up JRod.
Think about how someone like JRod would make positive changes to the Sheriff's Office and the County Jail! The current sheriff has cost the taxpayers over $ 1 BILLION in settled lawsuits and judgements against him. Think about it, the choice is obvious! Joe Rodriguez for Sheriff, Maricopa County!
March 28, 2016
I am now working on statistics on staff suicide. The dignity of the deceased and family sensitivities will be respected. This issue needs to be addressed! PTSD is rampant in the ranks, and I would like to know if the problem is administrative, or environmental. Please send me your comments!Eight Arizona prison employees who were attacked by inmates and said they suffered debilitating injuries are suing the state, Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan and prison administrators over what they say are dangerous working conditions.
April 25, 2016
The Director's agenda may be confusing many people, including him. He manages staff, not inmates, and the inmates manage themselves, such as it is. Staff are coming down with respiratory diseases because staff are not allowed to enforce the smoking regulations, mold, and asbestos that the Director refuses to acknowledge, much less address.
He can't even fix malfunctioning security equipment, including doors, control panels, and cameras, much less important security devices whose malfunctions are costing staff their jobs.
All because he wants to be the longest term Director in the history of ADC. My question is, what will your legacy be, Director?