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Archive for September, 2009

The flu is coming…

September 27th, 2009

In an environment like the one we work in, disease is nothing new.  Terrible illnesses such as Hep C are rampant throughout our institutions.  This year we have the added threat of a flu that is not well understood yet.  The H1N1 Flu tends to hit people who are younger.  This is juxtapose to the common flu which tends to strike the very young or the very old.  This flu is targeting people between the ages of 5 and 38.  Unfortunately, the average inmate population is 37 years old.  This gives me pause. Read more…


Craziest budget cuts ever!

September 21st, 2009

As most of you know, California has implimented millions of dollars of budgets cuts on the backs of the Department.  Cuts are going to include the release of inmates, and the layoff’s of officers.  That aside, there are the small budget cuts that seem to have been implimented without thinking them through.  I know California can’t be the only place where this is happening.  Share some examples with me of the craziest budget cut items you have seen.  Humerous or serious, either way, they will be interesting to hear.


A new kind of blog

September 10th, 2009

Welcome, and thanks for stopping by the blog everyone.  Please take the time to check it out a little.  On the top of the page you will find two tabs: Scars and Bars.  In those two tabs are areas for you to share your stories with everyone.  There is nothing like a good war story.  I have always relied on both my own and others’ war stories when I teach.  I think war stories are the best way for us to teach each other what can happen when things go horribly, or humorously, wrong.  Don’t be shy, tell us something you think we can learn from.  Feel free to post after any one of my posts also.  Tell me you agree, or disagree with what I am teaching.  Other than blatant threats,  I will publish your comment, even if it critical of me or my ideas.  We cannot progress as a profession if I try to sterilise the posts and create a blog of praise for myself; that is not the idea.   This is not a game to me, this is the strategy room in a war that has raged on as long as humanity has existed.  Since the first modern style prisons were built in Roman times, there has been a battle raging to keep evil at bay; we are here to fight that evil, now more than ever, we need eachother.  If you have ideas for the blog, post them under this post, and I will listen.  Be safe, vest up, and for God’s sake, watch your six!


At long last; a guide for new Officers

September 9th, 2009

I have read as many books on corrections tactics and philosophies as the next person.  When I first started I made it a point to read everything I could on the profession, including “Games Criminals Play”.  That text is probably the best text ever written for those of us in the Corrections field, and is mandatory reading at many academies.  But there was nothing, beyond the occasional interesting article, for a new officer to read to teach him how to be an Officer.  When things got rough, I turned to the written word again for guidance, but again kept coming up empty.  A decade later I began to write for several Corrections sites, including this one.  Read more…