Department of Corrections: Article II (insider information)

Previously, we had covered a few aspects of the department of Corrections and their operations. You may read that article here. Today, we are going to be expanding on this. Furthermore, as our insider has been discovered by their former department, giving an update to that situation. The intention of this article is to provide more inside information provided by an individual who would know best-a former officer. As before, their identity is being withheld to, at bear minimum, protect them from those who may wish to target them online.

Smackdown happy

We see it often in videos, the police brutally assaulting a person when it isn’t needed. However, we don’t see how officers often get away with this. According to our insider, a lot of it boils down to the wording on their reports. One example we were given is as follows: “when an officer utilizes use-of-force, rather justified or not, they are usually coursed on how the report should reflect that. For instance, if an officer body slams an inmate to the floor, a common occurance, their report will state that they ‘assisted’ the inmate to the floor. They do this because any report written maybe subject for court use; the officer can get into legal trouble if they state they body slammed the offender.” According to our insider, this is the big part of the foundation to getting out of legal responsibility for any injuries.

In cases where the force wasn’t warranted, the department has a tendancy to “doctor” reports, the classic cover-up. While this is publically denounced by D.O.C. it is a normal occurance. Furthermore, if an offender attempts to defend themselves from this, they are slapped with additional charges. These charges may include assaulting an officer, which leads to a longer prison sentence.

When the officer uses force, it is very common for jokes to be made, at the offender’s expense. These people take great pride, from what our insider saw, in laying the “smackdown” on those who may not be able to fight back. “Officers will generally make jokes such as ‘damn, talk about a rag doll effect, sucks to be them, and so on,” according to the insider. Officers, in many ways, are expected to have this mentality. Failing to do so usually results in being made a target by those who outrank you.

The “blue” brotherhood

“During my stint in working for D.O.C., I met a captain who was hardcore about the brotherhood. In the end, because I refused to act like the rest, I questioned him, I was made a target,” according to the source. Cadets who enter the department, with the “brotherhood” mentality, often find a high paying career. According to our source, if you aren’t one of these new officers, you are harassed and bullied into resignation, this also applies to seasoned officers.

While working there, our insider informed us of some of the harassment endured because of their former captain. Pay check being withheld for a month, constantly being in his office for various, and even petty reasons, and at the time they resigned, for violating a policy that did not exist within the department. As we are told, the above mentioned are only a few examples.

We asked the officer, aside the harassment, what was the final straw? What lead you to resign? Their answer is as follows: “the final straw, for me, was the captain getting the warden involved. I was supposed to go to a meeting, regarding violating a non-existant policy, a meeting that I knew meant my termination. The captain had already fucked me out of my pay, which meant, since we were paid monthly, I would go two months without a check. I simply had enough of their bullshit games, the amount of control over my life, and how they used threats to make us do what they wanted, even if we felt it unethical.”

We went on to inquire about the policy, we asked what policy did they violate, exactly? “Honestly, as stupid as this sounds, I drove myself to another facility, to which I was required to be at. I didn’t have the money to get to my home facility so taking a state car wasn’t an option,” was the very quick response given. As we could tell, it appeared that our insider actually violated the “blue brotherhood” code in several ways.

As we can tell, and as generalized law enforcement has revealed, this is a career of being a thug. Those who are thugs last. On the other hand, if you opt out of this mentality, you are bullied into resignation or even terminated. If there is no “justified” means, they fabricate one. Their job, according to the insider, is to ensure inmates don’t break out of the prison, do what they are told when they are told, and to ensure the institution operates smoothly.

Isolation

A disturbing concept of prison comes in the form of the “segregated housing unit” (S.H.U.) the unit is essentially a jail within a prison. This unit is classified as a “maximum” security unit. What this means for inmates is: they are locked down 23hrs a day, aside from weekends. They get one hour on a secured yard, Monday-Friday only. If an inmate gets in trouble, they maybe sent to this unit pending investigation. The investigation can take upwards of 30 days to complete. However, this month is actually extended as weekends aren’t counted. This means that if an investigation takes the full thirty days, the inmate will actually be in this unit for approx. 45 days. It was further noted that our insider has, by first hand account, seen the mental deteriation of those locked down.

Synopsis of the information

From this, and our previous article, it is clear to see how this system is in shambles. A system that treats human beings worst than animals needs a complete overhaul. Worst yet, we are only about halfway through our notes. Should there be enough interest, we will happily do article III on this.

Officers laughing and joking about injuring people is appauling. Officers targeting their own, simply for wanting to do their jobs, is just as bad. We often ask ourselves, “why aren’t there any good officers?” These articles are demonstrating the answer, as provided by, first hand experience.

Whistle-blower update

Our insider has informed us that after releasing our previous article, there has been some rather suspicious activity around their house. Daily, in some cases several times a day, police cars have been witnessed slowing down in front of their home. In several instances, the cars have been observed coming to a complete stop, the officer watches the home for a few minutes, and proceeds to drive away. Furthermore, they have informed us that several “unmarked” cars have been seen doing this. We are told this is a common practice when officers, or former officers, begin whistle-blowing their department. This seems, if it is a common occurance, to be a form of fear tactic, in our opinion.

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