Friday, May 27, 2011

As California's prison system implodes, corrections union blocks random searches and inks deal letting guards bank unlimited vacation time

Every day and in every way, Governor Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown is proving to be an utter disaster for the beleaguered taxpayers of California. Just a month ago, he approved a deal that will cost taxpayers dearly.

A contract negotiated between Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration and the politically powerful prison guards’ union could prove costly to taxpayers because it lets guards bank unlimited vacation time that must be paid out when they retire, a legislative analyst said Tuesday...

...the average correctional officer already has nearly 19 weeks of accumulated leave time, currently valued at $600 million.

And, despite evidence that some staff members help facilitate a massive smuggling operation into prisons -- corrections unions are blocking all efforts to self-police.

Random staff searches that are part of an effort to curb the smuggling of cell phones into state prisons are drawing objections from the powerful union representing correctional officers...

Union officials contend the monthly searches of all employees are overly intrusive and misguided. The two-year program dubbed Operation Disconnect was enacted after 10,000 cell phones were taken from prisoners last year.

Unchecked Democrat-slash-union control of the state has left California with "the walls closing in on both prisoners and lawmakers."

On Monday, a Supreme Court ruling ordered California to shed some 30,000 prisoners over the next two years. The ruling underlines the cold reality that our current prison system’s lock-up-as-many-people-as-possible-and-throw-away-the-key philosophy is a bad idea. It was always a bad idea. But now it’s a bad idea that officially violates the constitutional prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishment.

It was only a matter of time.


Everything the Democrat Party touches turns to crap. Its incessant push for Statist policies, central planning and union control of the workplace, is killing California, Illinois and New York. People and businesses are fleeing and well they should.

The modern Democrat Party is a disaster, whether measured in economic, ethical or moral terms. They represent the antithesis of the principles of America's founding.


Anonymous said...

Reagan started "The War on Drugs". My best guess for why he did is because his daughter Patti was a drug addicted porn star. Over the years, many many hundreds of people have been locked up for long periods of time due to "mandatory sentencing". How many of those non-violent drug offenders turned into hardened criminals after long stretches in the pen over some hemp fruit? If our party actually cared anything about the prison situation, changes should have been made a long time ago, rather than now, when the prisons are flooding over. It might have saved some families.

l said...

Leftists are consistent only in their hate. They don't have principles. How can they when "there is no such thing as right and wrong"? All they have is postures, pretend-principles that can be changed as easily as one changes one's shirt.