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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November 22, 2013

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

 If you or anyone you know has any information regarding abuse/rapes or beatings of your loved ones inside jail or prison,immigration center or youth corrections systems in the United States.,Please contact me as soon as possible.

The National Corrections Oversight Coalition Reg’d Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice, United Nations ( Non-Governmental Organization /NGO) has a”ZERO  TOLERANCE” policy, as set forth in our Rules & Regulations.

   Rules & Regulations/Administrative policies must be adhered to at all times, there can be no deviation whatsoever. We have records of active/past Investigations of Internal Affairs/Office of Inspector General, Attorney Generals Office and other local, state & federal agencies. Investigators with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (120 Units A-W ), Florida Dept. of Corrections (FSP/UCI), California Dept. of Corrections and Georgia Dept of Corrections, Investigators have or are investigating our allegations of abuse,

Some investigations do not satisfy members of our staff, so we file additional complaints to the LT. GOVERNORS OFFICE & SENATORS, STATE REPRESENTIVES (U.S. Congress) We then conduct mandatory follow ups, we are a organization that is very concerned & strict about doing “what is right”  we could care less about stepping on a Director of a Institution or a wardens toes or even his/her staff.

NCOC has put numerous officials/officers on probation/administrative leave,terminated, &/ or arrested.We have forced high ranking officials to retire or be charged with a misdemeanor/felony crime.

To date 2007 to the present  NCOC has initiated & investigated (178) general complaints (grievances,medical etc.) (71)LIDs life in danger,(21) Officer Assault on a Inmate,(18) sexual assaults,(11) Gang Wars, Records indicate (16) Officials were put on probation,demoted , terminated &/or criminally charged, 

Officials cannot & will not ignore us or make us goes away. 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 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT/MEDIA  on our side ,you cannot bribe us or manipulate us or give us gifts to ignore any situation. We are on a very strict time frame with a “Very Important Mission” to pay retribution(“legally”)to corrupt officials/officers. We EXPOSE CORRUPTION & COVER-UPs,we will write articles,air it, put it on the internet,

WE HAVE EYES & EARS EVERYWHERE, WE ARE WATCHING YOU !!

WE DO NOT TOLERATE IGNORANCE OR STUPIDITY!!

(WE DO NOT START WARS WE END THEM)

 

  ***** (INFORMATION & GUIDANCE)*****

 

{ HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITH NCOC }

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

 

( Rules & Regulations)

2. All complaints must be typed or written legibly

3.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.

4. 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.

5.  (all) correspondence  received by NCOC is  Restricted & Confidential, unless disclosure is authorized by the Founder/Director.

 

NOTICE)

6.Any information concerning “Security Threat Groups “must be forwarded to “State Gang Intelligence” officer/office. In the event the Intelligence/information is a threat & becomes  PRIORITY (1) LEVEL (1)   a “Correctional Intelligence Report,” must immediately be filed to The {UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT  OF JUSTICE/FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION }    

 

 ANY VIOLATION OF THE ESTABLISHED  “RULES AND REGULATIONS “WILL RESULT IN TERMINATION, CRIMINAL CHARGE OR PUT ON PROBATION. OR ANY DECISION  MANDATED BY THE FOUNDER/DIRECTOR OR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

                                                                                                   { DISCLAIMER}


ALL OPINIONS,FINDINGS,RECOMMENDATIONS & CONCLUSIONS EXPRESSED IN BROCHURES,PUBLICATIONS,BLOGS,WEBSITES & PROJECTS ARE THOSE OF THE AUTHOR JIMMY FERGUSON & DO NOT REFLECT THE VIEWS OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS, OR ANY AGENCY OR ORGANIZATION.

THESE PROJECTS ARE SUPPORTED BY THE FINANCIAL INCOME  OF THE FOUNDER/DIRECTOR OF NCOC & BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO BELIEVE IN WHAT WE DO.

WE HAVE RECORDS FOR VERIFICATION TO CONFIRM ANY INVESTIGATION CONDUCTED (PAST OR PRESENT)

CENTRAL HEADQAURTERS OFFICE HOURS 9 AM -6PM MONDAY -FRIDAY CLOSED SAT-SUN.

July 22, 2014

Greetings, everyone this is Jimmy Ferguson Founder/Director of the (NCOC) we need your help to get the word out about NCOC, I have been building home offices of NCOC National Corrections Oversight Coalition Reg’d OJP/DOJ for a year now we intend to create more home offices to fight corruption, abuse, beatings and rapes and speaking of rapes I am taking a webinar 7/23/14 1pm central time, some of our staff will be watching but not involved we need YOU to help us get the word out & I would like to thank Lance Fortner M.D. Infectious Disease to our staff. this is a very very bright young man with a bright future, he will be filling the position of the Medical Director in NCOC, he is very educated in Infectious Disease. He knows his stuff. I sat down with him and picked his brain for about a week. At 27 years old, 4th year in residency he is very concerned about people, and loves his job,at 40 years old I really thought I could not learn anything else ,boy was I wrong, I am so blessed to have him as my close friend and consulting me on medical issues, although he is a perfectionist, and very very busy pulling 22 hour shift in the E.R. be patient so if you have a question about medical issues and you cannot reach his office by writing the website at www.nationalcorrectionsoc.wordpress.com contact me,all questions will be monitored for abusive languages and recorded in our database. We have a “zero Tolerance” policy in our administration and organization. …..Jimmy Ferguson Founder/Director

February 4, 2014

Exonerations On The Rise, And Not Just Because Of DNA

2013 was a record-breaking year for exonerations in the United States, according to statistics compiled by the National Registry of Exonerations.

David Ranta speaks with reporters after being freed by a judge in March 2013. Ranta spent more than two decades in prison before a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the shooting of a Brooklyn rabbi.

NPR – “At least 87 people were set free for crimes they did not commit last year, the highest number since researchers began keeping track more than 20 years ago. Some of those people spent decades in prison before release.

And it’s no longer just DNA evidence that’s driving exonerations, the registry’s report finds. It’s because police and prosecutors have been more willing to investigate themselves.

“It’s taken a while for people to begin to believe these unfortunate and very distasteful facts,” says Samuel Gross, a University of Michigan law professor who edits the registry, a joint project between Michigan and Northwestern University’s law school.

“The number of exonerations — and the number, in particular, of ones where police officers and prosecutors have initiated the process or cooperated in the process — has grown dramatically,” he says.

Conviction Integrity Units

Only one-fifth of the exonerations last year relied on newly tested DNA. More than 30 percent occurred because law enforcement agencies reopened a long-closed case or handed over their records to someone else who wanted to take a look.

Gross says that’s a sea change from just 10 years ago.

“The sharp, cold shower that DNA gave to the criminal justice system has made us realize that we have to re-examine other cases as well,” he says. “That was a serious wake-up call, because that showed we made mistakes in a lot of cases where it never occurred to anybody that a mistake had been made.” Full Story 

December 17, 2013

The Torture Chamberz Texaz Callz Prisonz

Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:

Kevin Rashid Johnson blows the whistle
On October 21, 2013, I visited Kevin Rashid Johnson. He is being held in solitary in an administrative segregation unit in AmarilloTexas. This was his first visit in three years.
The young gifted artist and writer said when asked if he wanted to leave Texas; “100% yes. This is the worst brutality I have ever seen, but right now I need to stay so we can shine a white hot spotlight on the conditions here.
The very next day on October 22, 2013, Christopher Woolverton, an inmate in the cell next to Rashid was pepper-sprayed and left to die.
Prison Radio has joined a burgeoning campaign of support for Kevin Rashid Johnson, a courageous young man whose art lifts the spirits of so many despite the intolerable cruelty he and others face.

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December 10, 2013

LA County Sheriffs Charged with Systematic Abuse, Corruption in Federal Case

Reason – “According to the Los Angeles Times, 18 current and past members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have been charged with abuse of inmates, misconduct, and obstructing an investigation. Here’s the U.S. attorney leading the case:

“The pattern of activity alleged in the obstruction of justice case shows how some members of the Sheriff’s Department considered themselves to be above the law. Instead of cooperating with the federal investigation to ensure that corrupt law enforcement officers would be brought to justice, the defendants in this case are accused of taking affirmative steps designed to ensure that light would not shine on illegal conduct that violated basic constitutional rights.”

So what sorts of things did the officers do? In one case, they arrested the husband of the Austrian consul who was visiting the jail and then, when the consul herself complained, they cuffed her for no legitimate reason. And there’s this:

One of the indictments details three separate incidents in which prosecutors alleged that a sheriff’s sergeant encouraged deputies he supervised at the visiting area of Men’s Central Jail to use excessive force and unlawful arrests of visitors.

Visitors were taken to a deputy break room, which could not be seen by the public, and beaten by sheriff’s officials, the indictment said. One visitor had his arm fractured…” 

Full Story Here on Reason

December 10, 2013

Christmas Protest At The Jail

Xmas

December 9, 2013

Kids in Juvenile Detention Sexually Victimized by Staff

The Young Turks – “The government says 1 in 10 youths at juvenile detention facilities around the country reported having been sexually victimized by staff or by other youths.

The study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that among the more than 1,300 youths who reported victimization by adult staff, 9 out of 10 were male juvenile detainees reporting sexual activity with female staff members.”*

The Department of Justice has found that rape is running rampant through juvenile “justice” facilities, with the kids being victimized by the staff. What does this say about current hiring methods, and how can the sexual victimization be stopped?”

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