JimnRipley 
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Re: “Making Crime Pay in Tennessee

The biggest problem with manning is not scheduling. Tennessee stopped civil service testing applicants for hire at state penitentiaries. This is no longer a civil service job, wages are low compared to other state systems. Employees don't like change and feel threatened, unfortunately changes are required to upgrade the penal system. If the employees whom have earned promotion instead of good ole boy promotions, then employees would have respect for the system and the changes that take place. The state penitentiary system has been moving toward privatization for some time. But privately operated penitentiaries will not accept maximum security level inmates due to the higher cost of housing these inmates. It seems that most of these problems that we are seeing now are mainly due to reclassifying maximum security level inmates to lower security levels and housing them in open population. This is like putting the wolves with the sheep. The wolves will survive, get stronger and control the inmate population. In a pod (a single housing unit) there are 128 inmates in open population. Only 1 correctional officer is assigned to a pod on second and third shifts. If the inmates wanted to take over that pod, it only take a few moments not minutes. These officers are armed with a 2 way radio ( that quite often does not function), a can of chemical agent (pepper spray) and a set of keys for the housing unit. These officers risk their lives every day to perform a job where they hated by the very people that they have sworn to protect and prevent these people from reaking havoc in local communities. Would you or anyone else come and work everyday, sometimes getting charged with a mandatory double shift and just think after 180+ hours you would be eligible for overtime pay. These correctional officers work in these austere conditions every day so that they can afford to house, feed and raise their families. Would you work for peanuts, risk your wellbeing everyday if so The Department of Correction has a job for you.

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Posted by JimnRipley on 10/08/2015 at 9:34 PM
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