TDCJ’s Offender Grievance Program

TDCJSealFrom: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Introduction
An effective grievance program extends far beyond the staff of the grievance department. It involves an ongoing commitment by both staff and offenders at every facility to solve problems. The grievance program also provides a variety of supportive and protective functions by giving the offender an alternative to confrontation and an outlet for frustration and aggression. The program offers the offender a less formal alternative to litigation, thus saving taxpayers the cost of defending the agency in court. Grievances, when taken collectively, provide a wealth of insight into the daily operations of each unit that is helpful in maintaining a safe and secure environment for staff and offenders.

The current offender grievance process facilitates problem resolution at two distinct administrative levels. The first, commonly referred to as Step 1, allows the Warden to identify and resolve issues at the unit level. The second level, known as Step 2, affords an offender the opportunity to appeal the Warden’s decision. Step 2 grievances are sent off the unit to the Central Grievance Office in Huntsville, Texas for
review. Once the two-step process has been completed, the offender’s administrative remedies within TDCJ have been exhausted.

During Fiscal Year 2012 Texas offenders located in TDCJ units across the state filed a combined 216,258 Step 1 and Step 2 grievances, which represents an increase from the previous fiscal year. Approximately 26% of all Step 1 grievances were appealed to the second step, indicating that effective problem resolution is occurring at the unit level.

Grievable Issues
√ TDCJ policies and procedures
√ Actions of an employee or another offender
√ Harassment and/or retaliation for use of the
grievance procedure or access to courts
√ Loss or damage of pers
onal property by TDCJ
√ Basic care (things that TDCJ has control over)

Non-Grievable Issues
x State or Federal Laws
x Parole decisions
x Time-served credit disputes
x Matters for which other formal appeal
mechanisms exist
x Any matter beyond the control of the Agency

Remedies which are available through the Grievance Procedures
√ Restitution of property, either monetary or
compensatory;
√ Change of policy, procedures, rule, or practice;
√ Corrections of records;
√ Other relief, as appropriate

Remedies which are not available through the Grievance Procedure
x Requests for disciplinary
action against employees.
x Requests for consequential or punitive damages

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We desperately need your help! It takes “time, money & hard work” to maintain and keep a organization in compliance with local, state & federal law, regulations and keep materials such as paper, ink & stamps, without these materials we cannot maintain our “EXCEPTIONAL” TRACK RECORD we cant expose, CORRUPTION, CONSPIRACIES or file FORMAL COMPLAINTS we can’t respond to offender complaints and let them know the situation is under investigation, we have already filed numerous complaints by e-mail. Please see: (Our Victories & Accomplishments 2007-2014) & From a dime a dozen to priceless, where we were mentioned in Steve Mizeras biography.

 PLEASE GIVE TO A VERY WORTHY CAUSE, BECAUSE WE DON’T PLAY GAMES WITH PEOPLES LIVES!!!                  

                                   I.                                       

 Do you have a loved one in Jail, Prison or in a Immigration Detention Center, Youth Detention Facility??? or Correctional institute that has the authority to detain individuals. Have they been abused, assaulted, beaten, raped or even attempted to be murdered or murdered,???

{Is your loved one in a “Security Threat Group”  or “Gang”and wants out ,but is, (AFRAID.??}

Did you also know that the Federal Government is & has labeled these “Gangs” as “Homegrown Terrorist” under The Revised Patriot Act & they can & will be held in custody indefinitely????

If you have answered ” YES” to any of the questions listed above,

Please “DO NOT” hesitate to contact our offices at (409.356.4148) State that you would like to file a complaint or you may File a offender letter complaint by e-mail to the Founder/Executive Director’s Office  (jimmyferguson86@gmail.com) or if you choose you can send the complaint by mail to: Attention Founder/Executive Director s Office Jim W. Ferguson II  Central Headquarter’s 1428 23rd St. Ave. N. Suite # 2 Galveston Texas 77550

 II.

( BE ADVISED ): PLEASE READ THE RULES & REGULATIONS / MEMBERSHIP FEES ! 

                                                                                                                                                                              

……….(NOTICE)………..

YOU MUST BE A MEMBER OF NCOC TO RECIEVE ASSITANCE FROM THIS ORGANIZATION.. ((NO EXCEPTIONS))

  • If you are ever in the area of Galveston, Texas and you would love to see the inner workings of a organization or you would like to have coffee with our Founder/Executive Director or a member of our staff you can hit us up (call) and and get a confirmation (please allow (1) day prior notice) and we’ll coffee up and talk about what is going on in your world.
  • NCOC strives to maintain EXCELLENCE and be on the forefront of advocacy and protection on behalf of offenders confined in facilities across the United States.

   We are a very concerned group of organizations that is very concerned about the well-being of offenders . We are Offender Families, Friends, Concerned Citizens, we are also Former Prisoners, Veterans, Former Guards/Officers,Former Gang Members, Former Officials, Paralegals,/Legal Assistants, Producers, Investigating Journalists, Civil Rights Activists & Mothers, Fathers. Our primary objective is the offenders (Safety, Security & Their Mental Well being) We only want a even the balance in the playing field in Corrections. 

  •  IN OTHER WORDS TWO CAN PLAY THIS GAME.!!!,
  • BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN THERE !!

III.

  • We are very aggressive, dedicated & above all else Loyal.  We are (GENERATION X ) We will always question our government , We “weekly” file FOIA Freedom of Information Act Requests, from Courts , Police Agencies, Federal Agencies , United Nations  & Social/Civil Organizations,  We monitor our government & its branches .
  • As a paralegal/legal assistant I understand the law very well and specialize in “only”civil law. I know for fact from my research in caselaw & legal education that all offenders have personal unaliebable Constitutional Rights which is to be    
  • “free” from harm  & also from future harm. See:(Hellings v. McKinney 509 U.S. 25,33 (1993) That is the privilege we as Americans have even if you are imprisoned, confined, detained or institutionalized.
  •  IV.          
  •  I continually inform NCOC staff about the abuse in jail & prison in our meetings. All “New” approved members  are required to take (1) JDI Webinar a month.
  •  The issue we face everyday, is when we read a offender letter that has a young man or woman being sexually assaulted  or beaten it “infuriates” us and motivates us to push & smash even harder!!
  • We DO NOT tolerate “predators”  these are the officers/officials who manipulate & prey on youngsters or children in jail or prison.
  • NCOC has put numerous officials/officers on probation/administrative

  • leave,terminated, &/or arrested/criminally charged. We have forced High Ranking officials to retire or be charged with a misdemeanor/felony crime.
  •  WE HAVE A “PROVEN” TRACK RECORD!!

 (1) NOTE: When officials are reprimanded &/or placed on probation and do not successfully complete the given disciplinary offenses,

The violators retirement/savings benefits or pension are jeopardized by their illegal actions.When a offender files a Civil Rights, “STATE OR FEDERAL LAWSUIT” against a defendant namely the Warden, Unit Staff (unit employees) The plaintiff (offender) will expose the administrations civil or criminal violations. At the end of the court hearing, the Judge will issue a “Final Judgement”, Please see:  Garnishment of Wages, Blacks Law Dictionary 2014 8th Edition

        

 V.

  OUR.

 Victories & Accomplishments

2007- to Present 2014     96% Effective

                              Revised 1/5/14 (11:43) am. / 7 pm Reviewed 412 Files / Reviewed 415 Files / Revised 2/23/14

Revised. 5/1 /14  6:12 pm

                              Reviewed ALL Files (315) 9/2/14 (42) Legal Files Approximate Time 3 Hrs. 45 mins

Revision 9/5/14 5-7 am,  Reviewed Unit/Complaint & Compliance Files (96) 4 pm to 7 pm, Reviewed 145 files (12) Administrative Files  9/25/14  9am-11am

 

WE HAVE EYES & EARS EVERWHERE)

   (“WE ARE WATCHING YOU”!!)

Specific “NAMED”officers/officials were escorted to the wardens office) of a STATE or FEDERAL INSTITUTION & WAS CRIMINALLY CHARGED. The statistics were gathered through “Internal Investigations,Record/Book Keeping & FOIA” requests written to government  agencies.

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REVISED 8/21/14 2:45 PM

 NCOC has initiated &/or investigated (281) general complaints

(4)Senior Wardens were placed under Investigation due to stealing State Property.)

(167) grievances,medical complaints

(44) (CRIPA/Civil Rights of institutionalized Persons Act Violations

(1) Obstruction of Justice

(74) LIDs life in danger

(48) Sexual Assaults,{referred to (PREA) legislation Prison Rape Elimination Act/The Commission/JDI Just Detention International}

(11) Gang Wars

(15) Race Riots

(39) Excessive use of unnecessary use of force

(4)Attempted Murders (9) Capital Murders

(13) Deaths in Custody

(21) Officer Assault on a Inmate with a attempt to degrade or injure

(23)Simple Battery/Assaults

(16) Aggravated Assault with intent to Injure or do bodily harm 

(17) Conspiracies exposed on numerous facilities in the United States, Namely: TEXAS/CALIFORNIA/FLORIDA

(167)Denial of Medical Treatment

(119) Denial of Medications

(2) Medical Reprieves released due to Terminal Illness.

NCOC Records indicate (34) officers were put on Administrative Leave due to Pending Investigation (13 ) Placed on Probation, (8)Demoted , (12)Terminated,(5) Escorted off the facility to be arrested/terminated.

****Investigating since 2007****

Feel the Heat!!”

(14) Title II Violations Medical Disability Complaints To United States Department of Justice (Disability Rights Section) (Jeanine Wordon Deputy Chief Disability Right Section/Civil Right Section. (2007-2014)

On March 10 2010 the DOJ  published a advanced Notice of the Proposed Rulemaking Process seeking public comment on all the commissions proposed standards as well as specific questions asked by the DOJ . It is publically accessiable at http://www.regulations.gov, Docket ID No. DOJ-OAG -2010-0001.(Office of the Attorney General) The U.S.DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE posted the Founders/Executive Directors letter  & was considered during the commissions rulemaking process.

Recorded in (www.regulations. gov)

VI.

     Officials/Officers cannot  (Deliberate Indifferance) & will not ignore us or make us goes away.We will not run (We can do it the easy way or hard way the choice is (YOURS) we have all the time in the world, WE HAVE THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT &/ or MEDIA at our disposal.

We do not care about money (although we need it to pursue your complaints), you cannot bribe us or manipulate us or give us gifts to ignore the situation where a human being is concerned. We are on a very strict time frame with a “Very Important Mission” to secure the safety & security of offenders & pay retribution(“legally”) to corrupt officials/officers. We EXPOSE CORRUPTION & COVER-UPs, we will write articles ABOUT THE OFFICER/OFFICIAL WHO WAS INVOLVED, AIR IT ON KPFT 90.1 ,PUT IT ON THE INTERNET TO GO VIRAL !!

  WE WILL MAKE IT GO VIRAL !!!!

(That’s a Promise)

WE DO NOT TOLERATE ABUSE OF OFFENDERS FOR ANY REASON!!!!!!,


VII. 

 

   (INFORMATION & GUIDANCE)

(WATCHDOGS) 

{ HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITH NCOC }

(2.) All correspondence are REQUIRED to state the WHO,WHAT,WHEN,WHERE,HOW & WHY 

  (Who)  was is it that violated your “Protected Constitutional Rights” or assaulted you? (IT MUST BE SERIOUS)

  (What)  happened please describe in detaiL, what happened make sure you get names, dates, times, witness,  documentation, grievences, court papers, disciplinary papers, or anything relevent to your complaint/case.

 (When) It Happened, make sure you note what time it was, what day it was, what year , any past references, or any references of dates you think could help in your complaint/case

 (Where)  it happened, was you in your cell, in the dayroom , chow hall or officers dining hall ,Offender dining room (chow hall) ,outside recreation, we must have the location in the event that it may have been recorded /videotaped and we may be able to assist in the prosecution.

 (How) did it happened give the situations detail as much as possible, Do Not assume YOU MUST HAVE FACTS.(Hearsay is inadmissible)

 (Why)  did it happen, give your best reasoning, if you believe strongly that a certain official / offender was involved but not caught or have reason to believe in another matter, please explain in detail

VIII. 

  ( Rules & Regulations)

(1.) All offenders confined in a institution/facility is required to “EXHAUSTION OF ADMINISTRATIVE REMEDIES ” which is the unit grievence procedure before filing a formal complaint with NCOC, 

(2.) All complaints /correspondence are REQUIRED to state the WHO,WHAT,WHEN,WHERE,HOW & WHY 

(3.)All complaints must be typed or written legibly

(4.)Any correspondence received that does not meet these requirements or written standards will be returned to correct, you may then re-submit the information &/or complaint.

(5.)All correspondence /information recieved by NCOC Central Headqaurters/KPFT 90.1 becomes the property of NCOC & KPFT 90.1 or that home &/or office in the United States.

(6.)  (All) complaints/correspondence received must state the senders full name, address, number, cell block , housing area.

(7) All new approved members are required to take (1) JDI webinar a month.

(8) All complaints filed by family members must have the offenders original signature.

(9) All medical complaints are required to have the current HIPPA form sighned & placed in the offenders medical file. (Must be filed every 6 months/ Contact Unit Medical Department)

(10) ALL staff/members will act professionally when conducting investigations or  representing NCOC.

(11) NCOC staff/members are required to commit to a minimum of 2 hours a day.

(12) All staff/members are prohibited from giving any legal advice to clients.

(13) NCOC staff are prohibited from using profanity when conversing with officials/officers, conducting investigations.

(14) All staff members are to be courteous, respectful and are prohibited from using inappropriate language that could poorly reflect on the organization as a whole.

(15) All staff/members are required to maintain a monthly membership of $5 a month or $65 a year (includes processing fees)

(16) All staff members are prohibited from using discriminatory language/actions against staff members, offenders & The Public.

Effective 10/21/14

*(17) Investigations last from 30-45-60 days, In the event it is more serious and may require a different approach or review by the Board of Director’s, Law Enforcement  or Federal Official. Additional time will be created for accrucacy.

 ***********  NOTICE ************

Prison Rape Elimination Act has created the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission is charged with addressing national standards on sexual assault/rape which is a violation of the 8th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States & requires Jails, Prisons , Immigration, Juvenile Detention Facilities, (PUBLIC & PRIVATE) to adopt a “ZERO TOLERANCE” approach to this form of abuse, this has created a review panel which will hold annual public hearings disclosing the worst/best unit facilities which are in compliance, failure to comply with federal law will result in a significant loss of federal funding. Additionally conflicting testimony against the directors of the prison facility and introducing conflicting evidence may result in the denial of facilities federal funding. This is where NCOC intervenes, we collect Data/Information on sexual Assaults and present

this information with supporting evidence to the PREA Commission. The Founder/Executive Director Jim W. Ferguson II will be testifying in front of the Commission /U.S. Congress in the near future. Specific dates for Congressional Testimony are unavailable at this time.

**(WE ARE NOT LAWYERS) ALL STAFF/NCOC MEMBERS ARE PROHIBITED FROM GIVING LEGAL ADVICE TO CLIENTS.!! 

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Specific pages of this website is FEDERALLY PROTECTED under the Copyright & Trademark Laws/Rights. A majority of the information contained herein is the property of the Founder/Executive Director Jim W. Ferguson II, The opinions, reviews, records, , statistics, fact finding investigations/ records or any other data or information is strictly for “Information, Advisory & Consultation Purposes Only”. NCOC is not responsible for any incorrect, incomplete information. NCOC does not take any responsibility for violations of user/reviews of this site.

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Due to confidentiality we respectfully request that you contact the Founder/Executive Director for use of specific posted material.       ThankYou !

 

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