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    I talked with a couple of prison guards protesting at the Ohio Statehouse last month, a man and a woman. They had several tales of how guards get jumped and seriously hurt and some close calls they themselves had.

    At one point the guy, I'd say about age 50, says to me, "I don't suppose you've ever heard of pick-a-post, have you." I did not. He explained, if I followed it correctly, that it was a union perk where based on seniority when a position comes up the employee with the most seniority had first crack at taking it. I.e., it was the type of thing that "free market" ideologues hate about unions, where in their utopia every job is filled based on 'merit' alone.

    He was really upset that after working in the prison system for 20 years or whatever it was, and having earned this perk, it was going to be taken away by Kasich with a swipe of a pen. I have to agree that it isn't right.

    I didn't get his picture but on the left is the female prison guard with a friend:

    I can't recall the details, but she was going to be hit hard by the bill too.

    •  Thanks for the info and taking part in the (6+ / 0-)

      protests.  Correctional staffers are hit really hard in Ohio and many other states by the efforts of eliminating collective bargaining and other such initiatives.

      Many or them lost their great paying jobs at some point, and to keep a roof over their heads they took the least thankful jobs in prisons - everywhere.  They were sold the same lies many investors were sold - that the prison industry was a stable and ever growing industry with little chance that incarceration would go out of"style".  Now they are facing losing the jobs they took when their other ones were lost.  I can well understand and sympathize with their feelings, but we must realize that if rehabilitation were the goal, the prison populations would have been decreasing on a level with the crime rates that have been in decline since 1990.  Like other "Commodities", prison employment has been kept artificially lucrative by those incarcerating for profits.  They can no longer do that after the rest of us realize that incarceration is breaking state budgets like brittle and fragile glass.

      A side effect of all this is that the Conservatives now say they were wrong with all their lock-em-up and throw away the key legislation and are pushing for criminal justice reforms.  They started it and now want to take credit for "solving" the problems they created - and cost us so dearly by that creation.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Sat Apr 02, 2011 at 07:45:58 PM PDT

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      •  The reality is that the rate of (4+ / 0-)
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        violent crime, based on reports (not actually proven), has been decreasing for decades.  So, one would think there'd be a decrease in the prison population.  That there hasn't been has taken a lot of effort to put in place longer sentences, more categories of "serious" crime, including some that has no victims) in order to sustain the population.

        Again, this is facilitated by focusing on results, rather than causes.  Being concerned about the people being locked away makes it possible to overlook the people who are locking them away.

        While I am somewhat dubious about electing judges, that's partly because the elections, usually, gain almost no real attention and consideration.  Prosser in Wisconsin is an anomaly.  The judiciary should be attended to.  Because, what happens to any institution that's ignored, is that it becomes self-referential.  That is, the people in it are only interested in what their associates expect of them.  So, accused perpetrators are processed as if they were chickens on an assembly line or cows in a milking parlor.  The operators of the system become desensitized and the victims become dehumanized.  Human husbandry is not good for the husbands or the "wives."

        by hannah on Sun Apr 03, 2011 at 04:08:53 AM PDT

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        •  The reports by the PEW Center, National (5+ / 0-)
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          Institute of Justice, the F.B.I. and the Bureau of Justice Statistics have all informed that an actual reduction in all classes of crime in the U.S. have been decreasing since 1990 while the prison population grew by more than 250% over the same period.

          There are also statistics provided by the same agencies and independent sources that illegal alien arrests and apprehensions have been declining since 2004 - yet those facts were not taken into consideration when ALEC went after SB 1070 legislation to increase the number of immigrant detainees.  There was less of a problem than they presented but they did it successfully, again using disinformation and terminology to garner support for this agenda.  The end result - as we are all aware - was an expected increase in arrests and detentions that would benefit two corporations, Corrections Corp of America and Geo Group that just happen to be members of ALEC and holding a vast number of state and federal contracts to house such detainees.  This law was pushed and enacted to benefit two companies by those who anticipated political contributions for their assisting CCA and Geo in securing the law and more detentions.

          Again AZ. is a display of their agenda, the false information provided to the public to allow support for that agenda and increased private profits at the expense of the taxpayers who are footing the bill for these detentions.  It is inconceivable that lawmakers were unaware of the actual facts provided by Homeland Security, the INS and ICE when they decided to implement SB 1070, but they went ahead with it.  Partly this was due to the slump in state prison housing due to a decline in incarceration since 2005.  This hurt Geo and CCA's bottom line and a way had to be found to boost income - enter immigration reforms led by the "Council" CCA and Geo belong to - sitting beside the likes of the American Bail Coalition and Koch Industries.

          "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

          by Bob Sloan on Sun Apr 03, 2011 at 09:16:44 AM PDT

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    •  Great Picture jmknapp! Great Sign! (2+ / 0-)
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      Walk Like An Egyptian!
      You Are All So Smart!
      Kossacks And Protesters All Over The World Rule!

      Brought To You By That Crazed Sociologist/Media Fanatic rebel ga Be The Change You Want To See In The World! Gandhi

      by rebel ga on Sun Apr 03, 2011 at 12:31:49 AM PDT

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