January 24, 2014

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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August 22, 2013

* Have a loved one in Jail, Prison or Immigration Detention Center or Youth Corrections center ????

National Corrections Oversight Coalition

NOTICE : Our main phone system has fixed, please contact us at Jimmyferguson86@gmail.com   or 409.356.4148

 EVERYTHING IS OPERATIONAL ALL ISSUES HAVE BEEN RESOLVED !

 

Intelligence for Corrections

                                                 

                                   I.                                       

 Do you have a loved one in Jail, Prison or in a Immigration Detention Center, Youth Correction Facility??? or any  Correctional instututes that has the authority to detasn indiviuduals. 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 here,

Please do not hesitate to contact our offices at (409.356.4148) or you can File a offender letter complaint by e-     mail to the Founder/Directors Office is  jimmyferguson86@gmail.com or if you choose you can send the complaint by mail to: Attention Founder/Director s Office Jim W. Ferguson Central Headqaurters 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/Director or a member of our staff you can hit us up (call) and and get a confirmation 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 .Our primary objective is  the offenders “Safety & Security” We only want to balance & even out the playing field in corrections.

  •  IN OTHER WORDS TWO CAN PLAY THIS GAME.!!!,

  • We  are aggressive & dedicated and will always question our government , and we  “weekly” file FOIA Freedom of Information Act Requests, from Courts , Police Agencies, Federal Agencies , United Nations , & organizations, this way we monitor our government & its branches .

  • As a paralegal/legal assistant I understand the law very well and specialize in “only”civil law. I also know for a fact from my law/legal education and that all offenders have personal unaliebable constitutional rights is to be free from harm . That is the privilege we as Americans have even if you are imprisoned, confined, detained or institutionalized.

  •                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There is also a legal term called the “Burden of proof”  it is up to the prosecuting Attorney to prove the “Burden of Proof” against you,

  •  In a criminal case if the District Attorney cannot meet those standards,t hen his case will fall apart, and he will lose. In a civil action claim the “Burden of Proof” is on the Plaintiff. The preponderance of the evidence & proving each element of your case is your burden, If you and the Defendant can come to a agreement then you may not have to have a trial. Over 90%  of lawsuits filed are resolved without a trial. 

    III. 

  •  I continually inform our staff about the abuse in jail & prison. In our meetings, “New” approved members observing/reviewing our meetings/video’s/webinars and who are deciding to join this organization, may ask anything they do not understand. 

  •  The issue I face everyday, is when I read a offender letter that has a young man or woman being sexually assaulted  or beaten it “infuriates” me and motivates me to push & smash even harder!!

  • We are really cranking it up on” predators ”  like officers who manipulate & prey on youngsters or children in jail or prison.

  • IV. 

  • 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 his unit staff (unit employees) At the end of court the Judge will issue a “Final Judgement”, before the judge makes a ruling submit your motion / pleading for the court to to issue a order to garnish the defendant’s wages(his/her job) for compensation. If you have enough evidence and if you win you will recieve attorney fees for your time and effort.

        

 V.

Our Victories 2007- to Present 2014                     96% Effective

Revised 1/5/14   11:43 am  7 pm    Reviewed 412  Files     ( 48)Legal Files

Revised  2/1 /14  6:12 pm  7 pm     Reviewed ALL files    (15)Legal Files

Recent Revision 8/25/14   5-7 ampm to 7 pm      Reviewed  145 files     (2) Administrative Files

 

WE HAVE EYES & EARS EVERYWHERE,)    (“WE ARE WATCHING YOU”!!)

Specific “NAMED”officials were escorted to the wardens office) STATE or FEDERAL AGENCY & WAS Criminally Charged, The statistics  were gathered through “Investigations,Record/Book Keeping & FOIA” requests written to government  agencies.

To date 2007  to  the present

REVISED 8/21/14 2:45 PM

 NCOC has initiated & investigated (181) 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/JDI Just Detention International}

(11) Gang Wars,

(15) Race Riots

(39) Excessive use of necessary 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

(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

(14) Title II Violations Medical Disability Complaints To United States Department of Justice (Disability Rights Section) (Jeanine Wordon Deputy Chief Diability Right Section/Civil Right Section 2008-2014)

On March 10 2010 the DOJ  published a advanced Notice of the Propsed 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 DEPARTMENT posted the Founders/Directors letter was considered during the commissions rulemaking process.

Recorded in (www.regulations. gov)

VI.

     Officials 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 a 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)

 

{ HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITH NCOC }

(1.) All offenders confined in a institution is required to “EXHAUST ” the unit grievence procedure before filing 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 civil rights or assaulted you

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

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

 (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 prosecution.

 (How) did it happened give the situations detail as much as possible, do not assume YOU MUST HAVE FACTS.

 (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)

(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) correspondence received must state the senders full name ,addres                   

                                                                                     
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August 23, 2014

Key requirements for the effective monitoring of correctional & Detention facilities

http://www.nprec.us/docs3/Detichh%20TESTIMNY.PDF

 

August 18, 2014

Have a loved one in Jail,Prison,Immigration Centers or Youth Corrections ?

Mr. Jim W.Ferguson II Founder/Director of National Corrections Oversight Coalition Reg'd OJP/DOJ:

Originally posted on National Corrections Oversight Coalition Reg'd OJP/DOJ:

     Do you have a loved one in Jail, Prison or in a Immigration Detention Center, Youth Correction Facility??? 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 here,

Please do not hesitate to contact our offices at (409.356.4148 or you can File a offender letter complaint by e-mail to the Founder/Directors Office is  jimmyferguson86@gmail.com.( 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…

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August 10, 2014

Crime & Prison — Quotes

Originally posted on Prison Uncensored - The Truth Behind the Bars:

Great quotations about crime and prisons embellish our history and our culture. Here are a few:

  • The law is like a serpent. It bites the feet which have no shoes on. Bishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered in El Salvador in 1980.
  • While there is a lower class I am in it, while there is a criminal element I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free. Eugene V[ictor] Debs 1855-1926
  • The level of civilization in a society can be measured by entering its prisons. Alexis Charles Henri Maurice Clerel de Tocqueville.
  • Poverty is the mother of crime Marcus Aurelius 121-180
  • All crime is a kind of disease and should be treated as such.  Mahatma Gandhi
  • Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900
  • A quote from Oscar Wilde 1854-1900
  •                        The vilest deeds like poison weeds
  •                        Bloom…

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August 10, 2014

Helping Inmates in Prison

Originally posted on Prison Uncensored - The Truth Behind the Bars:

I’m not very good at raising money. It’s kind of embarrassing from me to ask for money for any cause. But on the other hand, people ask me what they can do to help people in prison. It isn’t practical for them to become official volunteers in prison, but they’d still like to do something.

An educational bursary is a perfect idea.

The Ed Griffin Educational Bursary

A man in a Fraser Valley prison struggles to complete his degree. It’s part of his correctional plan that he finish, but there’s no money in the system to pay for courses. A female inmate wants to become a drug and alcohol counselor to help others avoid the pitfalls that led her to jail. She just needs a few college courses, but the little money she earns in prison ($6.90 a day) goes for phone calls to stay close to her family. She…

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August 10, 2014

The Visiting Room

Originally posted on Prison Uncensored - The Truth Behind the Bars:

I received a letter from an inmate I know. He had this to say:

When visitors came to our prison, they found three washrooms that were provided for them. They could change a baby in one of them.

A few weeks ago we got a notice from the deputy warden:

“Access to the visitor washrooms which are located inside the Recreation Building will not long be available for use during Family Events. Any visitors requiring use of a washroom will be escorted to the Principle Entrance. Visitors with infant/toddler children will no long be permitted to change diapers of their children in the Recreation building. They will be escorted to the Principle Entrance. Visitors will be re-processed by the Principle Entrance Staff prior to being permitted back into the Gym area. “

So if a visitor wanted to use a washroom, they had to be escorted back to the principal…

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August 10, 2014

Education is the Proven Way out of Crime

Originally posted on Prison Uncensored - The Truth Behind the Bars:

Good news. The John Howard Society has granted three inmates portions of the Ed Griffin bursary. The money goes to educational institutions, not to the individuals.

  •  One man is working toward a college degree. He has a long sentence for a serious crime, but prison officials, teachers and the chaplain all agree that he’s a changed man.
  •  Education is a big part of his plan for reform, but the prison system doesn’t pay for any classes beyond grade twelve.
  •  The second man wants to take his first university course. He’s almost finished getting his Dogwood diploma (Highest high school diploma)
  •  The third man is working toward a PhD in education. He’s on parole now with another year to go before he’s finished his sentence. Working toward a doctorate in any subject is a challenge in a prison setting or in a parole setting.

I’m very happy that something I did…

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August 10, 2014

Prison Negativity

Originally posted on Prison Uncensored - The Truth Behind the Bars:

During the time I taught in prison, about ten men asked me to be their citizen representative at their parole hearing. I did it because nobody else would, but I wasn’t the right person. I didn’t have access to the files that the parole board had. I didn’t see the letters for and against an inmate.

What surprised me was how negative these hearings were. I never – repeat never – heard one positive thing about a man. And everyone I represented had tremendous talent. The parole hearing was not an adversarial discussion, like a trial. No one spoke for the inmate, except an uninformed citizen –me. The parole board members got a handsome per diem, the prison staff made a good salary. I didn’t make anything. If a man’s mother was in the audience, they might acknowledge her, but not give her a chance to speak.

One hearing stands…

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August 10, 2014

Crows

Originally posted on Prison Uncensored - The Truth Behind the Bars:

A few years ago, when I taught in prison, I came home one time and wrote down my feelings. I’m not sure my ideas of how to deal with crows are correct. What do you think?

Crows

by Ed Griffin

800 words

I teach a course in creative writing at Matsqui prison. Week after week I drive forty-five minutes into the country to the prison. As I walk to the gate, I notice several crows flying back and forth across the two, razor-wired fences. The crows screech at me as they perch on the fences. What are they trying to tell me? Then suddenly they fly deeper into the prison grounds.

I go into the guard house and chat with the guards. Most of them are good human beings and we talk about the weather or we laugh at my cheap briefcase which I have to pound so it will…

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