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Inmate Manipulations

June 21st, 2009

3b68208d7a9de1e8Before I started working behind the fence I always thought of manipulations as my three year old twins throwing a fit in the grocery store in order to get a sucker.  Or my fifteen year old daughter crying and demanding that I answer the question “why” she cannot go to the basketball game, relentlessly.  Well, as it turns out this is all a form of manipulation and in a sense, I as a parent, giving into their tantrums was teaching them from an early age that manipulation is an effective tool.    So it should not have come as a surprise to me when I started to work in corrections that the incarcerated inmates were very adept at the art of manipulations.  But today inmate manipulation is married to violence and aggression to keep an officer off balance out of bewilderment and fear. Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Mental Preperation

The ‘GOD’ Complex

June 3rd, 2009

4633d75304c080801AKRON, Ohio — Stephen Krendick was identified this afternoon as the Summit County Sheriff’s deputy responsible for stomping on the head of inmate Mark D. McCullaugh Jr. during the fatal 2006 struggle at the county jail.  Fellow deputy Keith Murray, who witnessed the struggle in McCullaugh’s fouled cell in the jail’s mental health unit, testified that McCullaugh was kneeling on the cell floor — his head over his bunk, his hands cuffed behind his back and his legs shackled — with four or five other deputies around him.  ”I observed Deputy Krendick standing on the bunk, and I observed Deputy Krendick striking Mr. McCullaugh in the head with the bottom of his foot,” Murray said in questioning on the witness stand. Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Mental Preperation, Misconduct / Curruption

What is Misconduct?

June 3rd, 2009

0773d7f607366f30Every time you interact with a citizen or inmate it seems that they are constantly complaining that you have violated their rights or treated them poorly or wronged them in some way.  When it comes right down to it, many officers do not even know what constitutes “Misconduct” or how it’s investigated in the first place.  Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Mental Preperation, Misconduct / Curruption