Charles Ryan, ADC Director, Reports 640 Staff Arrests in last 4 1/2 Years

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Dennis Gilman
ADC Director Charles Ryan's big problem: Criminals guarding the criminals?

Arizona prisons are notorious reservoirs of criminal behavior, and apparently that's just the staff.

No joke.

Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan admits as much in a recent post to his "Director's Desk" blog, wherein he states that "in the past four and a half years, there have been 640 staff arrests," of which, 433 "were for behaviors like domestic violence, fighting, assaults, harassment, drug use and possession, and drinking-related offenses."

See a graph on "negative law enforcement contacts" by ADC employees.

Ryan also relates that ADC staff arrests are on the rise, "averaging almost eleven arrests per month."

A startling, and very public admission, and yet, the blog item is addressed to ADC employees, with an almost plaintive tone that's far more carrot than the stick you might expect from the top dog at a penal institution.

Study a complete listing of offenses by ADC staff, from homicide and sexual conduct with a minor to DUI and shoplifting.

"No one doubts that employment in corrections can place unique pressures on staff," notes Ryan in a fatherly tone. "Yet irresponsible alcohol consumption or drug abuse - which can lead to Driving Under the Influence (DUI) - and a tendency to solve problems with violence are neither acceptable nor wise tactics for dealing with those pressures."

Ryan details a number of options for staff with emotional or substance abuse issues, and he promises that he will soon add "another corrections-focused employee program," which will provide "education and support for our staff and their families" to assist with the "unique challenges" of being a corrections officer.

"For those employees who are feeling the stress, it is not a sign of weakness to seek help," Ryan writes. "On the contrary, it is a sign of strength and courage to choose the constructive path, and I urge you to do so."

Which sounds more like TV Pastor Joel Osteen than the hard-nosed administrator known to some detractors as "Vader," as in "Darth Vader."

Ryan worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as an assistant program manager overseeing the Iraqi prison system for almost four years during the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

(Abu Ghraib? Ryan wasn't implicated in the abuses there, but Abu Ghraib was one of the prisons that he reportedly helped rebuild.)

You might remember Ryan as the guy who made the call to pull the plug on an indigent, brain-dead Marcia Powell back in 2009.

Powell, 48, had been serving a 27-month sentence for prostitution when she collapsed after being confined to an outdoor cage at Goodyear's Perryville Prison for more than four hours in 107 degree heat without water.



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jajashabo
jajashabo


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PRESIDENT ARLENEA BALLARD(MARIE)FEDERAL GOVERNMENT I.D. 2741-7-100-1-44-17-72.I.D. NUMBER D08254250. BOEHNER WILL STAY. NO ONE HAS THE POWER TO LET GO OF HIM EXCEPT ME!!!!!!!
MR. OBAMA IS A LIER AND A THIEF. why is it that MR. HUSSEIN-OBAMA  IS STILL IN THE WHITE HOUSE. CHARLES L. RYAN? I AM ALSO CIA DIRECTIOR  BADGE NUMBER 746127 PRESIDENT:4917479-17.

jajashabo
jajashabo

media@azcorrections.gov/ ATTENTION CHARLES L. RYAN-


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PRESIDENT ARLENEA BALLARD(MARIE)FEDERAL GOVERNMENT I.D. 2741-7-100-1-44-17-72.I.D. NUMBER D08254250. BOEHNER WILL STAY. NO ONE HAS THE POWER TO LET GO OF HIM EXCEPT ME!!!!!!!
MR. OBAMA IS A LIER AND A THIEF.

Whistle_Blower
Whistle_Blower

Under staffed prisons, bull shit policies intended to make the life of line staff miserable, staff assaults, forced rotations to different units and the absense of a raise in over 10 years explains a lot. You can only get what you pay for.

madelinemindy
madelinemindy

What they didn't Do for Ms. Powell is a disgrace! I worked with the disabled  ,and the human rights the  correction system is breaking is heartbreaking. 

They think they look tough and smart. They look like a bunch of lying terrorists.

I always wanted to move to AZ till the JAA / case , now I see she is a survivor of your pos justice system. What a joke. You call yourself's Americans? What happened to the constitutional rights to the people of the land? 

God Bless The United States of America, for which it stands.

One NATION under 

God

INDIVISIBLE ,WITH JUSTICE FOR ALL. 

toersbijnsc
toersbijnsc

Open Letter to Chad Campbell Dear Minority Leader Chad Campbell, I just saw you the other day on television and you appeared to be enraged about what you saw in Wendy Halloran’s television report aired on Friday night. This report was just the tip of the iceberg as the Arizona Department of Corrections is infiltrated and dominated with a culture that is harmful to staff and inmates within the system. Not judging them or even casting stones at them for a most difficult job they have in running a prison system I do criticize them to the fullest my Bill of Rights give me. (Read below as space requires me to break this Open Letter to Rep. Chad Campbell into several pieces - I apologize for being so wordy.. but it has to be said)  This letter was also sent to 72 state legislators in AZ

toersbijnsc
toersbijnsc

I criticize them for ignoring human decency and human rights. The willful ignorance of denying a human being from being treated fair and square under the rule of law should not be an acceptable methodology to run prisons anywhere. Strangely we were all shocked at the Abu Ghraib scandal but when we reveal our own scandal here within Arizona prisons being run by the same man that was instrumental in setting up the Abu Ghraib prison mentality and culture, it is most acceptable and without a peep of outrage or disgust. I criticize them for ignoring sound correctional practices being used throughout the United States but not inside our own prisons. It appears that the lack of statutory regulations on how a prison should be run is being left up to the discretion of one man appointed by the governor in a political situation rather than a justified and ethical one. I criticize the legislature for allowing free rein of the prison system without oversight and levels of accountability as they encourage the cloak and dagger scenario of non-transparency and ask no question on its business.

toersbijnsc
toersbijnsc

II criticize the Governor for her hands-off attitude and letting the director destroy a good penal system single handed and decimating staff morale by implementing personnel and disciplinary policies that create low morale and high discipline unjust and unwarranted as it is politically motivated as it sits on paper. I criticize the people of Arizona, myself included, for allowing the high number of deaths and violence [mostly gang related] to exist and not lift a hand to stop it. I am appalled by the apathy and nonchalant attitudes that prevail when we talk about prison abuse and staffing patterns that induce severe public safety issues as it creates severe gaps of safety nets once in place to control the prison systems effectively and efficiently. I criticize and blame the lobbyist of private prisons and other entities enlisted to bring more hybrid governance with our government for the wrong reasons. Instead of saving money we are spending more. They foster and influence this mentally to lock people up for longer sentences for minor crimes to district attorneys, county prosecutors, judges, sheriffs and correctional administrators that to lock people up is good for business not realizing the money flow will stop one day.

toersbijnsc
toersbijnsc

Open Letter to Rep. Chad Campbel - Part II - Most of all, I criticize the growth and the wealth of the private prison business, the food business, the medical and healthcare business, the telephone business, the commissary business, the agriculture business, the fabrication business, the furniture business and the slavery [cheap labor of inmates] and the business of paying off legislators so they will embrace and endorse more growth in prison related activities within Arizona. These jobs could in fact be filled by those unemployed in various communities. I applaud those that stand alone in their will and refusal to join these gatherings of vultures [corrupt political leaders] that have sold their soul for a penny here and a dollar there. Their greed and lust for power, influence and control has been transferred to the director of the prison system so he can rule autonomously without following the rule of law. They are literally picking the flesh off the bones left behind of those that died. This is why Arizona prisons will soon fail and explode into a revolution that will result in personal harm or death, destruction of state property and jeopardize the safety of all those communities wherein these prisons are located until the local and state law enforcement agencies can re-take control of these facilities and conduct a comprehensive and factual after-action review that will glean every detail I have just criticized.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Mr. Lemons, Thank you for giving the well informed a place to write. The hard, unvarnished truth has surfaced.  One that is shameful, deplorable and bodes poorly for ALL living in Arizona until these power abusers are driven out of office. This is who belongs in the prisons of their creation -- and for decades! 

prisonabolitionist
prisonabolitionist

Charles Ryan is the worst criminal of them all - he just has the permission of the state to perpetrate the harm he does, unlike the rest of us. If we want to chain and torture 40,000 people (and their families), we'd get into a hell of a lot of trouble for it.  

Anyway, I don't understand how he has all this understanding and tolerance for the criminals who work for him everyone wants to give the employees resources to stabilize their lives and save their jobs and families. In the meantime, of course - out of a billion dollar budget, with a prison population which Ryan says 75% of are in for drug-related crime, and over  -  only 4% of prisoners a year will get ANY kind of substance abuse treatment from the DOC.   http://www.azcorrections.gov/adc/reports/CAG/CAGJul12.pdf

That means most of the prisoners who have tested positive for Hep C (curent count is 6,621) wont be allowed to get medical care for it - they have to prove they've been drug free for a year, and will stay that way - though heroin is easier to get in prison than on the streets these days (thanks in no smalll part to corrupt guards), and with no programming to help rehabilitate them, a lot of guys are coming out hooked on stuff they never took before going in - and like Carlo Krackoff, some are dying from it. http://www.azcorrections.gov/adc/reports/CAG/2013/CAGJan13.pdf

The high prevalence of violence in AZ State prisons right now is in large part a consequence of the mentality of DOC staff (beginning at the top, with Ryan) who themselves know nothing but the use of violence to solve problems and don't have qualms about smuggling heroin in for a few extra bucks - that's one reason some prison towns have such high violent crime and drug abuse rates, the guards, not the families of prisoners, move in. http://www.realcostofprisons.org/materials/comics/prison_town.pdf

Sad that the only thing Ryan seems able to do in response to prisoner violence is  build 500 more supermax beds...of course, the mentally ill, not the "worst of the worst" are the ones who end up there. Help us stop him. http://arizonaprisonwatch.blogspot.com/2013/03/act-now-urgent-appeal-to-families-and.html   

Thanks for this Stephen, you Feathered Bastard...


toersbijnsc
toersbijnsc

continued why GOP wants to keep Ryan ~ Reason six – has decimated personnel rules to serve at will for new employees destroying morale from within while embellishing accomplishments of the private prisons for comparison while intimidating his own employees into silence and compliance or lose their jobs under newly implemented disciplinary process. Short staffing patterns creates hazardous work conditions and jeopardize staff safety and inmate safety but most of all ~ public safety Reason seven – has ensured continued funding and payment of prisoners returning to prison for the private prisons as these are already schooled and not problematic for these contractors to handle through high recidivism rates. An experienced inmate is cheaper to keep and a better profit margin for the private prisons. Recidivism is a tool to keep prisons full for CCA MTC GEO and others willing to do it. Reason eight – he pays private prisons 100 % bed costs even when empty beds are there due to contractual agreement to pay minimum base for housing inmates without medical or psychological needs. Reason nine- he controls contract monitors to report favorable conditions from the private sector Reason ten – he makes society and the majorities, state conservatives feel safe and is tough on criminal ala Joe Arpaio and lets them think we have smaller government.

toersbijnsc
toersbijnsc

Why the GOP want to keep Ryan the agency director and their “Enabler to Profits” Reason one – he controls the purse strings to spend and allocate where he can do most destruction from within ignoring state buildings but asking more $ for private beds.Reason two – he can accommodate contractual expectations without oversight and give the impressions we are saving money but in fact spreading the wealth to contractors via the taxpayers Reason three – he can facilitate the money made on private contracts of prison beds, services, commissary telephone etc making it look like there is less government function. And put money in his political allies’ pockets. Reason four – he can make more money per capita for the contractors and make it look like public safety and lesser threats of disruptive behaviors by inmates cherry picked for the private prison while endangering his own state run prisons by neglect. Reason five – has a high concentration of legislators backing him to push corporate influence maintaining capital cash flows and expanding prison growth

toersbijnsc
toersbijnsc

Wanna see the real scoop of what goes on inside the ADOC read this website and go to Jim's Page its full of great information on staffing and inmate management issues: don't be shy.. the Pandoras's box has been opened and you better take a look so you are informed before you comment.. Its' not pretty but its real link www.thunderrolls.net

toersbijnsc
toersbijnsc

What also needs to be addressed is the outrageous inmate assault ratio we have in AZ prisons.. If I am correct, we had 377 assaults on staff last year.. that's up from the years before and steadily increasing.. what is the problem here? Im only guessing but here is my take on it with an insightful quote from someone that shares my viewpoint of the DOC management team concept today in Phx as we know that the type of inmate has changed. their generations are mixed and this impacts prison populations conditions that must be effectively managed. We are running the DOC on a concept or principle that was good 30 to 40 years ago.

This concept is revolutionary to these new inmates who don't accept the concept of "because I said so" and creates conflicts hence assaults. We need to bridge the communication and generational gaps.. it is causing tension between inmates and staff resulting in violence. this is not being managed by Phx only made worse with their iron grip mentally to control the population so tight it will explode. Keep in mind this generational gap also applies to correctional officers as we have a reported high number of misconduct and arrests as Stephen Lemons so eloquently revealed although considered a self-report, it is a management attempt to control the internal damage within as they predict further failures and setting up staff for the blame.

toersbijnsc
toersbijnsc

Carl ToersBijns Chad Campbell now the words have been spoken, what is your next course of action regarding the DOC.. I know you are overwhelmed by information right now but just in case you need a reminder.. I m just a phone call away and stand in solidarity with your goals.. Remember though this is just the tip of the iceberg as the part not seen is bigger than the both of us and maintained by the GOP majority. Not making this a political event, it might meet extreme resistance unless public opinion sways them to back your efforts.Chad Campbell, your idea of an oversight has been an idea and concept for many years now since my retirement; I would like to add that any oversight, whether into the Mental Health, Medical or other support function of the DOC, it must be balanced with Operations ~ that is my forte and my strength..

This is a 360 concept and must be conducted for all practical purposes as a single cell not individually like many propose ~

When you need someone to deal with the binding forces to mold a seamless DOC concept regarding the legislative expectations and practices.. I would like to be a part of that project since I have strong background in Operational concepts within the DOC and its cultural practices.

prisonabolitionist
prisonabolitionist

I love you for this, Stephen. Thank from Dana Seawright's mom, as well as all the victims and survivors of that man's abusive reign...

toersbijnsc
toersbijnsc

When Charles Flanagan left the DOC, the corruption and bad decision making went through the roof as well as prison administrators falling and being set up for failures so they could be replaced with those in favor but current leadership. In fact it is accurate and bold enough to say there is no leadership within the DOC on the fourth floor on Jefferson Avenue. They all nod their heads when the leader speaks and autonomy is the rule of law as they carry out the whims of the Governor’s Chief of Staff and lobbyists for private prisons. Don’t let it fool you.

They are smart. It was their plan to ask for more money [ 50 million] to expand maximum security as they came in with an agenda that would overfill current bed space and drive up the need for more max beds [the rest of the story]. Then they altered the classification scale or risk assessment to accommodate the private prisons for more prisoners even though they pay for guaranteed empty beds as it stands.

This agency needs to be put under oversight by a citizens committee joined by a criminal judge, a human rights judge, an attorney from the AG (nope they are in cahoots with DOC) and two civic leaders preferable a minister or preacher and a citizen.. all having subpoena powers.. That’s what AZ needs since the Governor is closing her eyes on misconduct, malfeasance and fiscal overspending and neglect.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

What is the difference between a lot of LEO's/Corrections Officers and the crooks they are guarding?

How much they get paid.

In other words, there is very little difference between a cop and a crook, it's all about money and morals - well in todays society, in most people, the first buys or at least affects the second.  

Ask any cop, ask any detective who has a good closure rate, if they are honest they will tell you exactly this. 

Those of you that know me know I do not mean all LEO's and Corrections Officers, but as of the past many years prove, we have gone from a group of dedicated individuals who signed up to Protect and Serve to a group of individuals who signed up to Intimidate and Profit

Corruption like this is why I left Law Enforcement 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter


  1. Charles L. RyanArizona Prison Director - Charles Flanagan Newly ...voices.yahoo.com/charles-l-ryan-arizona-prison-director-charles-flan...Jun 12, 2011 – Deputy Director Charles Flanagan, a stabilizer and a very good leader ...style has long been suspect of DNA related to the Abu Ghraib incident as ... of Corrections director Terry Stewart and his top deputy Chuck Ryan have ...

  2. No Abu Ghraib in Arizona, Yet: Governor Brewer Appoints Interim ...blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/.../no_abu_ghraib_in_arizona_yet_g.ph...Jan 30, 2009 – She noted that he had been Terry Stewart's deputy director when Stewart was ... Charles L. Ryan has thirty years of experience in the field of ...

  3. It Happened Here First: Exporting America's Most Notorious Prison ...www.democracynow.org/.../it_happened_here_first_e...Nov 28, 2007Another man ran the system in Arizona where 14 women were raped, ... Their job was to get the notorious Abu ...

  4. More videos for abu ghraib chuck ryan terry stewart az »

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Wake up people.  You're paying for this sh**t!

The Governor and the Director are responsible for the state prisons. 

CCA controls the governor and public policy for the state of Arizona. Call chuck coughlin / high ground lobbyist / or is it the Senseman's / Kansas Kris Koblach /ALEC / Koch brothers. 

They got it going - how they've planned it. Years in the making done behind closed doors while you were all distracted by birthers, birth control, abortion and other distractions. 

On August 31, 2012, CCA (Corrections Corporation of America) private prison corporation awarded 2,000 NEW private prison beds contracts Friday, after 5:00 on the Labor Day holiday week-end between the RNC and DNC Conventions, while the Governor and MCSO sheriff were flying home from the RNC (who was back running the state?). Check your calendars. Where were you when we were paying attention to what is happening when your attention is redirected?

What is this mis-hiring of personnel costing the taxpayers in legal fees?  This is just the beginning as the ADC and the Governor wash their hands of their responsibility, passing the buck to CCA -- who is accountable to no one. No transparency or oversight. 

This is the public's problem.


bradhubert
bradhubert

Oh no, where will guests at the hotel go? Hmm, how about AZ88, Old Town Tavern, Blue Moose, Tommy V's, or practically anywhere else within walking distance of the hotel.

toersbijnsc
toersbijnsc

I welcome the criticism.. It provokes the thought process and is necessary for awareness and discussions. I wouldn't have it any other way.. Speak you mind.. its your right to do so and if we disagree then we disagree nothing more nothing less

toersbijnsc
toersbijnsc

Is there a hidden message here? - perhaps  Quality Leadership or lack of moral leadership to be exact? ~When Charles L Ryan took over, he dismissed all those not in accord with his own moral compass and hired and appointed those from the Lewis regime, his own regime and former Stewart regime.. If it was a step backwards, you should know this is still a growing concern. In other words he hired those he could control politically and administratively. He has become a powerful politically endorsed bully and his leadership circle practices this same methodology creating more bullies inside the DOC. They protect the bad apples and go after the good officers with excessive discipline.

The moral core is corrupted -  Criminals watching criminals?? Truthfully speaking, it appears to be a disconcerting trend indeed.... unless changes are made soon.Qualified staff need qualified leadership ~ you get what you hire and less when the emphasis is quantity not quality = abuse of power and misconduct.

Good staff [about 90 %]  are waiting for this change to occur but its likely not to come for awhile under Gov Brewer who endorsed this leadership from the start.

AzNtve
AzNtve

Governor Brewer, are you listening???  Low pay equals low quality employees.  While you have pre-occupied with the border, you have let down most State employees who have not seen meaningful pay increases to keep up with other agencies.  These agencies don't have the state's issues, because they hire better qualified employees and PAY them apropriately.  State employees  are 25% behind city/county governmental employees...  If you want quality government folks, you gotta pay for it.  It's a sad situation Governor.  Are you listening?

Bort-LongYear
Bort-LongYear

How does this negatively reflect on his leadership?  As previously posted he is not hiding this problem.  DOC can only recruit those willing to work in the shittiest environment in the State and pay that is abysmal.  So you get what you pay for--seems Ryan is doing a good job to merely keep the prison meagerly staffed.  AZ DOC is a 50/50 organization.  50% of them are hardworking, honest State employees--the other 50% are useless slugs who simply show-up for a paycheck.  Those are ones getting into trouble.  


danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

yes it is a disturbing trend and an unusually high number, BUT in his defense, he isn't hiding it, and he is disciplining those people.  Arpaio should take note of that instead of just hiding the reports....(my bad, i meant he destroys and buries the reports). maybe Ryan is doing it for a hidden agenda, maybe not, but at least he is addressing the problem and that seems to be something Joe is incapable of doing. also i am sure if we ask Ryan about it, his answer won't be "I Don't Recall" or "It Was Dave's Fault"

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@toersbijnsc   Carl,  Thank you for your courage to speak truth to power (a dangerous one). You are the voice for many who cannot speak out and greatly appreciate you as a human being, a leader and a real American.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@toersbijnsc

A brutal prison culture » peoplesworld http://www.peoplesworld.org/a-brutal-prison-culture/

"Some writers have compared the U.S. sexual humiliation of prisoners in Iraq with Maricopa County, Ariz., where Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s made male prisoners parade around in pink female underwear. The person selected by Attorney General John Ashcroft to train prison guards in Iraq, Lane McCotter, was pushed out of his position as head of the Utah prison system in 1997 because of scandalously brutal conditions under his watch, which led to the death of a mentally ill prisoner who had been chained up naked for 16 hours. It is simply not believable that Ashcroft and others in the Bush administration did not know about McCotter’s background. Anyone who is up for an important government position these days is very carefully screened by the FBI. The Bush administration must not have cared, or perhaps they saw the brutality in McCotter’s resume as a “plus.”

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@toersbijnsc    from an informed citizen.

Carol Leonard 7:31pm Mar 2   Tens of thousands of US inmates are paid from pennies to minimum wage—minus fines and victim compensation—for everything from grunt work to firefighting to specialized labor. Here's a sampling of what they make, and for whom.


Eating in: Each month, California inmates process more than 680,000 pounds of beef, 400,000 pounds of chicken products, 450,000 gallons of milk, 280,000 loaves of bread, and 2.9 million eggs (from 160,000 inmate-raised hens). Starbucks subcontractor Signature Packaging Solutions has hired Washington prisoners to package holiday coffees (as well as Nintendo Game Boys). Confronted by a reporter in 2001, a Starbucks rep called the setup "entirely consistent with our mission statement."

Around the Big House: Texas inmates produce brooms and brushes, bedding and mattresses, toilets, sinks, showers, and bullwhips. Bullwhips?

Windows dressing: In the mid-1990s, Washington prisoners shrink-wrapped software and up to 20,000 Microsoft mouses for subcontractor Exmark (other reported clients: Costco and JanSport). "We don't see this as a negative," a Microsoft spokesman said at the time. Dell used federal prisoners for PC recycling in 2003, but stopped after a watchdog group warned that it might expose inmates to toxins.

Back to school: Texas and California inmates make dorm furniture and lockers, diploma covers, binders, logbooks, library book carts, locker room benches, and juice boxes.

Patriotic duties: Federal Prison Industries, a.k.a. Unicor, says that in addition to soldiers' uniforms, bedding, shoes, helmets, and flak vests, inmates have "produced missile cables (including those used on the Patriot missiles during the Gulf War)" and "wiring harnesses for jets and tanks." In 1997, according to Prison Legal News, Boeing subcontractor MicroJet had prisoners cutting airplane components, paying $7 an hour for work that paid union wages of $30 on the outside.

The law won: In Texas, prisoners make officers' duty belts, handcuff cases, and prison-cell accessories. California convicts make gun containers, creepers (to peek under vehicles), and human-silhouette targets.

A stitch in time: California inmates sew their own garb. In the 1990s, subcontractor Third Generation hired 35 female South Carolina inmates to sew lingerie and leisure wear for Victoria's Secret and JCPenney. In 1997, a California prison put two men in solitary for telling journalists they were ordered to replace "Made in Honduras" labels on garments with "Made in the usa."

Open wide: At California's prison dental laboratory, inmates produce a complete prosthesis selection, including custom trays, try-ins, bite blocks, and dentures.

Constructive criticism: Prisoners in for burglary, battery, drug and gun charges, and escape helped build a Wal-Mart distribution center in Wisconsin in 2005, until community uproar halted the program. (Company policy says, "Forced or prison labor will not be tolerated by Wal-Mart.")

On call: Its inmate call centers are the "best kept secret in outsourcing," Unicor boasts. In 1994, a contractor for gop congressional hopeful Jack Metcalf hired Washington state prisoners to call and remind voters he was pro-death penalty. Metcalf, who prevailed, said he never knew."

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

This comment is too good to be lost in the blog. It must be read by all. This IS the public's problem!

ALL are at risk in a "prison" state. Arizona's tourism = customers for Arizona's shredding machine. Well described by toersbinjnsc3. Wake up people!

toersbijnsc3 days ago

When Charles Flanagan left the DOC, the corruption and bad decision making went through the roof as well as prison administrators falling and being set up for failures so they could be replaced with those in favor but current leadership. In fact it is accurate and bold enough to say there is no leadership within the DOC on the fourth floor on Jefferson Avenue. They all nod their heads when the leader speaks and autonomy is the rule of law as they carry out the whims of the Governor’s Chief of Staff and lobbyists for private prisons. Don’t let it fool you.

They are smart. It was their plan to ask for more money [ 50 million] to expand maximum security as they came in with an agenda that would overfill current bed space and drive up the need for more max beds [the rest of the story]. Then they altered the classification scale or risk assessment to accommodate the private prisons for more prisoners even though they pay for guaranteed empty beds as it stands.

This agency needs to be put under oversight by a citizens committee joined by a criminal judge, a human rights judge, an attorney from the AG (nope they are in cahoots with DOC) and two civic leaders preferable a minister or preacher and a citizen.. all having subpoena powers.. That’s what AZ needs since the Governor is closing her eyes on misconduct, malfeasance and fiscal overspending and neglect.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@toersbijnsc  Please post your letter to Chad Campbell for all to see. You hit it out of the ball park and the only person who could put it into words. Many have worked years on prison reform and been ignored by the "machine" in power.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@toersbijnsc"THE HOUSE I LIVE IN" Trailer #1 (2012) Sundance Award-winning Documentary by Edward Jarecki, filmmaker - YouTube  It should be a civic duty for ALL people to watch 4 decades of failed policy, where we are today and where we're headed -- unless the people speak up nothing will change. Kavanagh represents the "old school" that has destroyed many families and innocent lives. Time for "smart on crime". The taxpayers have been conned and bilked long enough.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0atL1HSwi8

toersbijnsc
toersbijnsc

@truthseekeraz Leadership from the opposite end of the legislative aisle is refreshing as it may bring some light to the events and the entire way the DOC operates. I wish him well and have offered him my insights of the DOC...we will see how far he gets before the majority shuts or tries to shut him down.. Public pressure is the key

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@prisonabolitionist

  1. Charles L. RyanArizona Prison Director - Charles Flanagan Newly ...voices.yahoo.com/charles-l-ryan-arizona-prison-director-charles-flan...Jun 12, 2011 – Deputy Director Charles Flanagan, a stabilizer and a very good leader ...style has long been suspect of DNA related to the Abu Ghraib incident as ... of Corrections director Terry Stewart and his top deputy Chuck Ryan have ...

  2. No Abu Ghraib in Arizona, Yet: Governor Brewer Appoints Interim ...blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/.../no_abu_ghraib_in_arizona_yet_g.ph...Jan 30, 2009 – She noted that he had been Terry Stewart's deputy director when Stewart was ... Charles L. Ryan has thirty years of experience in the field of ...

  3. It Happened Here First: Exporting America's Most Notorious Prison ...www.democracynow.org/.../it_happened_here_first_e...Nov 28, 2007Another man ran the system in Arizona where 14 women were raped, ... Their job was to get the notorious Abu ...

  4. More videos for abu ghraib chuck ryan terry stewart az »

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@toersbijnsc  Outstanding and well informed comment. A true public service. This should be sent to ALL lawmakers. Arizona is playing a very disturbing and sick game with it's broken criminal justice system that is "growing" the mass incarceration of its people. 

toersbijnsc
toersbijnsc

@Flyer9753 thank you for your honesty.. yes, the temptation, the power and the corruption is all there with bottom line being power, influence, greed and $$$ ..... the system is broken and the DOC is a prime example of corrupt and immoral leadership at the helm and spread within the workplace.10 % is too high of a percentage and 1027 disciplinary actions for 2012 demonstrated a severe problem within..

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy The Governor and the Director are responsible for the state prisons. CCA controls the governor and public policy for the state of Arizona. Call chuck coughlin / high ground lobbyist / or is it the Senseman's / Kansas Kris Koblach /ALEC / Koch brothers. They got it going how they've planned it for years in the making.

toersbijnsc
toersbijnsc

@danzigsdaddy  reading your comment he has partly accomplished what he set out to do when he reported this - deflected the blame to others in his agency.. he is clean.. well done and effectively distorted and disposed of.. a well known political strategy that has worked for ages.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@toersbijnscYour letter to Chad is hard to ignore, sweep under the rug or to hide. You've torn open the lid to Arizona's Pandora's Box. Every lawmaker should be sent your letter. Thank you, Carl. 

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@truthseekeraz @danzigsdaddy  

I could possibly buy that excuse in a few cases, but 640 of them?

Either way, they are still responsible for hiring and if they are having that much trouble hiring that they have this many problems, something is wrong with the hiring process itself.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@toersbijnsc @danzigsdaddy

  1. Charles L. RyanArizona Prison Director - Charles Flanagan Newly ...voices.yahoo.com/charles-l-ryan-arizona-prison-director-charles-flan...Jun 12, 2011 – Deputy Director Charles Flanagan, a stabilizer and a very good leader ...style has long been suspect of DNA related to the Abu Ghraib incident as ... of Corrections director Terry Stewart and his top deputy Chuck Ryan have ...

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danzigsdaddy
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@toersbijnsc at least he isnt hiding it (deflecting it....yes, but not hiding it) YPS usually posts on stuff like this and will say "no agency is without faults" and i agree, but its nice that we dont have to wait for these problems to emerge by themselves and when they are at a point that could be irreparable. if we know about problems like this sooner....they can hopefully be addressed and corrected. while Ryan may be passing the buck, he is at least telling us "hey, big problem" maybe if Joe had done something like this, things wouldnt be where they are with him. instead Joe continues to say there is no problem, and that is nobody responsible (except for Henderschott). Ryan may be trying to save his own ass, but he isnt in denial. and i do agree with you, it more than likely is a strategy and a proven one at that. even if he beat someone else uncovering it by a day, it looks better if he is bringing it up instead of someone else

toersbijnsc
toersbijnsc

@danzigsdaddy @toersbijnsc  I agree with your summary of this matter ~ he is more upstanding than Joe A has ever been - I give him credit for that. - thanks for the reply

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