SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
More evidence of DoC harassment?

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012

* The AP has uncovered a new memo

An email from an Illinois Department of Corrections administrator ordered wardens at 10 prisons to conduct “mass shakedowns” of staff as they left work last week, at the same time workers were telling lawmakers about problems at the facilities.

The July 19 memo obtained by The Associated Press is from Ty Bates, the department’s southern region deputy director.

It was sent less than 20 minutes after a hearing started at the state Capitol, where a dozen workers testified about prison overcrowding and understaffing. […]

Bates’ email to the 10 prison wardens and a halfway house superintendent asked that they “please ensure we conduct a mass shakedown on a shift of your choosing” by the end of last week.

It was dated July 19 at 11:18 a.m.

The testimony by prison workers in Springfield began at 11 a.m.

Anders Lindall, a spokesman for the workers’ union, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, called the shakedowns “retaliatory harassment” for employees who were speaking out publicly.

Correlation is not always causation, but at the very least this memo was unfortunately timed.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


28 Comments
  1. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 9:46 am:

    Rich -

    Just to clarify, were the shakedowns ordered only at facilities that are slated for closure?

    YDD


  2. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 10:06 am:

    Timing is everything.


  3. - soccermom - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 10:11 am:

    Was any reason given for the shakedowns? Have their been incidents involving staff improprieties?


  4. - soccermom - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 10:12 am:

    Was any reason given for the shakedown? Have there been incidents involving staff improprieties?


  5. - transplant - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 10:13 am:

    I find it interesting that Bates directed the wardens to conduct the shakedowns of employees as they were leaving the facilities, and even underlined the word “leaving” for emphasis. The reasons given by the agency for the increased security are recent discoveries of contraband inside the prisons, not things taken out.


  6. - Problem? - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 10:29 am:

    I don’t see the problem with the searches. If it is allowed by current agency policy and the employees have done nothing wrong (such as having agency property or confidential information on their person upon leaving, what is the issue?


  7. - WazUp - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 10:39 am:

    What if anything was found in the shakedowns?


  8. - bartelby - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 10:40 am:

    There appears to be underway a mini-insurrection of guards, orchestrated by Lindall, Bayer and others. It involves false or inflated claims about contraband, weapons, prison violence and overcrowded, and is intended to restore funding to Tamms and Dwight. AFSCME has seen the writing on the wall — at a time of fiscal austerity, an inflated prison system cannot be justified — and they are doing all they can to regain the upper hand. IDOC cannot easily fire corrections officers who lodge false changes against prisoners, but they can try to prevent them from bringing in, or taking out contraband that may be used buttress the false claims. I say good for the IDOC — I can’t believe I am saying that about a state agency and large bureaucracy, but I must.


  9. - Alan Mills - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 10:46 am:

    Random shakedowns of staff have been routine for over a decade. It is one of the management changes instituted during the major shakeups of 1996–1998, following release of the Speck tapes.

    That said, if the shakedowns are being ordered in retaliation for speech by guards, then that is a problem. Without knowing more, no way to know.


  10. - Dan Bureaucrat - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 10:48 am:

    I still don’t understand what people think these guards are “telling the truth” about. They are publicizing incidents that happen all the time in IDOC–and then crying out to the press that they are because of the closures. Press is eating it up.

    Menard has been on steady lockdown for years. There are incidents in medium security prisons all the time. Shakedowns happen all the time and weapons are found in these shakedowns all the time. And yes, guys are put on interstate compact. That’s corrections for you.

    It is very disturbing to see the guards so openly oppose these policies. If they are concerned about overcrowding, then they should push to reduce the prison population.

    But they don’t want the prison population reduced, they want prisons to stay open.


  11. - Dan Bureaucrat - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 10:51 am:

    Isn’t it possible that the IDOC is concerned about employees taking out inmate property to alter into cell phones? Or taking correspondence out?

    Is the only theory available that they were trying to stop guards from taking files out to leak to reporters and threaten security?

    Actually, that seems like a reasonable concern.


  12. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 10:51 am:

    In the past, what contraband has been found during shakedowns when employees are leaving?


  13. - sal-says - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 10:52 am:

    “Correlation is not always causation, but at the very least this memo was unfortunately timed”

    …not always causation…

    BUT…this is IL !


  14. - Jechislo - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 10:53 am:

    Gotta love Illinois where every level of State government is run like Chicago. /s off


  15. - OneMan - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 10:53 am:

    but they can try to prevent them from bringing in, or taking out contraband that may be used buttress the false claims.

    What? Smuggle out contraband to buttress a false claim?

    How does that work? I claim a dude had some pot on him or something then take it home? Then what claim I found it at my home or in my car?

    Seriously, how can taking something out of a prison be used to frame a guy in jail?


  16. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 10:55 am:

    –Gotta love Illinois where every level of State government is run like Chicago.–

    Whatever that is supposed to mean. Al Capone, bang-bang.


  17. - bartelby - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 11:28 am:

    Hey One Man — How can taking out materials from prison buttress false claims? Here’s how: If it is more dangerous for a guard to leave contraband behind — say in a locker - than to take it home; if intelligence about prisoners or other staff is needed in order to better fashion a future trumped-up claim; if a prisoner provides a payment of some kind in exchange for something useful to a guard. For prisoners to have contraband, the collusion of guards is generally necessary and history has shown that both parties exercise greater imaginativeness than either of us.


  18. - idocemployee - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 11:29 am:

    All of you have interesting concerns.. Searches are authorized.. However, searches should be done systematically and with a purpose… Because we are state employees we do not relinquish rights, etc.. And, overcrowding is a problem… So maybe everyone, including AFSCME, needs to step away from the hype and concern themselves with the realityof the times and conditions that exist…A dialogue that is meaningful and with purpose would be nice, a grown up conversation…. The politics of this are overwhelming the system, therefore it will fail……..


  19. - Sick and Tired - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 11:50 am:

    I am sick and tired of the hateful AFSCME UNION using anything and everything as an excuse to keep Tamms open.Give it a break! There are 11 other prisons in Southern IL,one the Marion Federal Prison.They have jobs and IDOC has many vacancies for them to bid.They are crying like babies! Now ex-Gov.Edgar has commented on HIS Tamms. It has been printed that he oversaw the construction of Tamms.His wife grew-up in Anna/Jonesboro,just 16-18 miles north of Tamms.They inherited 1000 acres from her father in Johnson Co bordering Alexander Co where Tamms is located. Gov.Edgar also inherited her father’s race horses. Since Tamms is in his backyard, he could just get on his horse and race right over! Maybe someone should check to see why the Supermax was built in Tamms, IL in the first place.Was there a conflict of interest? Tamms is not the problem here.The problem is AFSCME guards and staff stealing confidential internal files with names of inmates and planned IDOC action and releasing them to the press which could cause harm to those inmates and other staff. Continue the shakedown of guards/staff. What files are they hiding under those uniforms? I support Gov. Quinn in trying to save the State of IL. We are bankrupt,owing 8 billion or more in current bills. Where does AFSCME think their paychecks are coming from? Maybe they should be the first ones not paid. The hospitals and nursing homes are months behind on thier paymsnts. And better yet,the Legislators who do not support Quinn, should also relinquish thier paychecks. Just sick and tired of all these special interest grops and pork-barrel trade-offs. Save Illinois! Save us taxpayers!


  20. - state worker - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 1:34 pm:

    Here’s the problem: there is a culture inside IDOC prisons that needs to change with the times. But, they don’t like change. They don’t like prison closures. They don’t like rehabilitation.. Most of all, they don’t like evidence-based policies. Current policies insure high recidivism rates. We are really messing people up. Administrators share this culture, but they are more open to the big picture.

    AFSCME is a big barrier to improving policies and making some of the gains that other states have made to improve safety and save tons of money.

    Here, they accuse the IDOC administrators of being gang affiliated!!!! Like the completely insane comment above.

    In some states, they had to fire staff who opposed reform. I wish we could do that here but we can’t. It’s AFSCME.


  21. - Ronbo - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 1:37 pm:

    I worked IDOC for 28 years. I’ve never heard of anyone getting searched on the way out. I have no doubt that the shakedown was done as retaliation. With the pay freeze, pension cuts, unpaid raises, and pending facility closures, I’d imagine that the Department of Corrections is headed for major trouble, and not all of it will come from the inmates. Employee morale has to be dredging the bottom. Dangerous conditions would be imminent from that alone. When they end up with a workforce that just doesn’t care anymore, combined with all the other changes, it is just a matter of time. It won’t get any better as long as they continue down this road either. As the job becomes even less desirable they will get even less desirable employees. I remember the old days in Corrections where we had to hire 2 or 3 people to fill each opening at the max joints and they had to work several weeks on the job before being sent to the academy for training because most of them didn’t stick around that long. If the economy ever starts to turn around I can see that situation returning.


  22. - river - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 2:13 pm:

    first of all if you have never worked in a prison then you dont have the right to say that its all AFSCME fault 2nd you have no rights as a officer they make sure those baby rapers murders drug addicts dont escape and harm you or your family I agree if you have nothing to hide you ought to be okay with the shake-downs not a big thing far as us whinning Dan you must not have ever worked or dealt with convicts it is usually the other way around. Exactly why would anyone want to take anything out and store it in there Cell phones about a inmate are you serious you have no clue


  23. - Lester Holt's Mustache - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 2:20 pm:

    “The problem is that top DOC administrators know that there are employees who have proof of their alliance with a major street gang, including when one of those administrators went to see some of the leaders of that gang and told them when and where they would be transfered to.”

    Whoa there, huckster, slow down a bit. So you have proof that Dept. of Corrections Administrators have an “alliance” with gang members?

    Rich - please do something about this goober.


  24. - state worker - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 4:39 pm:

    river is illustrating my last point for me.


  25. - Crime Fighter - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 4:48 pm:

    Both the Blago and Quinn administration officials have misused their positions to retaliate against employees who have done nothing wrong. In fact, even whistleblowers have paid a price and have been wrongly berated and fired by Quinn officials. Illinois has always been a rough employer to work for but it has been even worse under phony ethical guy Quinn. The IDOC games don’t surprise me a bit, at least they didn’t get summarily fired.


  26. - Really? - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 6:16 pm:

    How much OT was generated by keeping staff past their shift? With OT costs always being “reviewed” by DOC administration how many staff actually were searched? The searches were probably low in numbers, not the masses.


  27. - Blah Blah Blah - Tuesday, Jul 31, 12 @ 6:33 pm:

    This is Illinois. Illinois is corrupt and whistle blowers are not going to be supported. The OEIG is used to cover issues up for the political elite. The OEIG will leave the the elite alone and then go after the little guy and whistle blowers. Those two parole agents should have never been investigated.

    The Associated Press needs to go after Quinn.


  28. - 4_Nubbs - Wednesday, Aug 1, 12 @ 7:40 am:

    To add! The closure of Tamms isn’t justified, except for the concerns of a group of self or special interest. The prison closures have little to do about balancing the state budget or being cost effective. Because this is about freeing up money at all cost to be diverted to projects of self or special interest. Like tieing into Obama’s $450 billion Jobs Plan, the High Speed Rail System, and Obama Care. This is about sticking it to the middle class to forgo an agenda of self or special interest!


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Today's quotable
* AFSCME goes with Quinn
* Paranoia will destroy 'ya
* Rauner blasts medical marijuana law
* Bost responds to "rant" ad
* Another day, another Rauner deal under the microscope
* Rauner lashes out at Quinn over IDOT scandal
* Dueling ads are no contest
* Paying the price for making bad hires
* Entrenched party portrays itself as the "reform" party
* Starting to gear up a bit
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Microsoft embraces its competition with Universal Mobile Keyboard
        * Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime caught in the wild
        * New Moto X now available to pre-order from Motorola
        * Subway to accept NFC payments starting in October
        * Enter to win the Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway
        * AntiSquad Tactics: unleash your inner spy/mercenary/assassin
        * Verizon bumps up early upgrades for iPhone 6 season

        * Use SwiftKey’s Heat Map to See Where You’re Making Mistakes
        * Misfit Flash Is A Cheap Fitness And Sleep Tracker
        * Foxconn Employee Detained For Allegedly Selling iPhone 6 Shells
        * Hated podcast troll wins $1.3M patent verdict from CBS, but may soon be dead all the same
        * Misfit Flash is a Budget Fitness Tracker Everyone Can Afford
        * SPMD Kenshoo acquires PMD Adquant
        * PS4 And Xbox One’s WWE 2K15 Delayed To November 21

        * White Sox starters lead the way in cutting home run rate
        * White Sox get another look at Bassitt against KC
        * White Sox 'pen burned by KC's speed in ninth
        * South Side Sox Podcast: AL Central Showdown
        * Bullpen can't preserve Danks' fine start in KC
        * Royals 4, White Sox 3: Defense, bullpen astound again
        * White Sox likely to stay with six-man rotation


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * AFSCME Puts Aside Differences, Endorses Quinn..
        * Second City Quinn Parody Is Funny Because It Co.....
        * Governor candidates focus on business, hiring..
        * Excerpts of editorials from Illinois newspapers..
        * Illinois Extends Sexual Harassment Protection t.....
        * Gurnee as possible new-job site..
        * How Bruce Rauner’s Career Explains His Campaign..
        * Food Stamp Sign-Ups Outnumber Jobs Created in O.....
        * IDOT Layoff Scandal..


        * U of I chancellor regrets uproar over professor
        * Former Illinois state's attorney disciplined
        * Suspect seeks bond in Illinois meat-tampering case
        * USDA: Rain, cold hampering Illinois corn harvest
        * Trial set for man accused in infant son's death
        * Video of lawmaker tirade resurfaces in House race
        * Fire officials: 1 injured in Elgin house explosion
        * Hearing set for man accused in deadly bank holdup
        * Quinn: Monitor not needed to oversee state hiring
        * Man convicted in girl's death during 2011 burglary

        * Quinn: Monitor not needed to oversee state hiring
        * Video of state lawmaker's tirade resurfaces in U.S. House race
        * Rauner’s call for firings of ‘illegal patronage hires’ would affect many in Springfield
        * Quinn, Rauner clash on business, hiring
        * Coaltion forms to push school funding reform
        * Rauner’s education plan raises eyebrows
        * Governor’s race a tale of business climates
        * Medical marijuana law sponsor defends secret bids
        * Fired IDOT workers sue, say they are ‘political cover’ for Quinn
        * Illinois still employs 173 'improper' state hires

        * Tribune Publishing invests in a content-marketing shop
        * Lampert agrees to lend Sears $400 million
        * United offers up to $100,000 if workers leave
        * U of C, UIC among finalists for Obama library
        * Sen. Durbin denies 'bullying' business


        * Odds favor Chicago sites — U. of C. or UIC — for Obama library
        * University of Chicago, UIC among Obama library finalists
        * Gov’t should  renegotiate  FBI building lease
        * Gold Coast boutique hit by burglars
        * Jury finds man guilty of killing girl in Indian Head Park
        * Man shot by cops charged with attempted murder
        * Marshall High School principal has been 'reassigned,' CPS says
        * Byrd-Bennett: CPS cleaning contractors will be held accountable
        * Fioretti blasts Emanuel for increasing city retirees’ health-care premiums
        * Rauner: Quinn pretending to be a ‘folksy, bumbling fool’


        * Chicago film festival announces full 2014 slate
        * Woman charged with West Side beating death of another woman
        * TripAdvisor names Art Institute No. 1 museum in world
        * Blood test for depression devised at Northwestern
        * Brian Urlacher steps down as Fox Sports 1 analyst
        * City unveiling program aimed at helping veterans with housing
        * Millennials still checking out public libraries
        * Alderman calls for more patrols after Uptown fatal shooting
        * Park District assessing damage from muddy Riot Fest
        * Hinsdale high school district investigating teachers who 'liked' Facebook post


        * WUIS/SJ-R Business Report: Residents Balk At Meat Processing; Uncertain Future Of Legacy Pointe
        * Who Owns The Rights To Vivian Maier's Photos?
        * Technology Is Changing Decatur Classrooms
        * Legislature Approved A $100 Million Tax On Business & Didn't Know It
        * Schools CEO: privatizing janitorial services not 'as smooth as we would like'
        * What's The Best Way To Help Kids In Struggling Schools?
        * Quinn Defends Public Education, Though He's A Product of Private Schools
        * AFSCME Puts Aside Differences, Endorses Quinn
        * The Future Of Downtown Springfield Inc. In Jeopardy
        * A Practice In Poverty


        * Quinn: Monitor not needed to oversee state hiring
        * Video of state lawmaker's tirade resurfaces in U.S. House race
        * Rauner’s call for firings of ‘illegal patronage hires’ would affect many in Springfield
        * Another view: New law might boost clothing recycling
        * John Freml: Bishop Paprocki does not speak for all Catholics
        * Quinn, Rauner clash on business, hiring
        * Becker Family: Our community is better united
        * Coaltion forms to push school funding reform
        * Rauner’s education plan raises eyebrows
        * Our Opinion: It’s time to get serious about sewers in Springfield


        * Police seek man who robbed adult book store
        * FAA awards $1.47M grant to Quad-City airport
        * Market Street road closure delayed
        * Triopia beats North Greene
        * Local Scoreboard
        * 09-16-14 Penny for Your Thoughts
        * State targeting raw milk sales
        * Hearing set for man accused in deadly bank holdup
        * County Board denies marijuana cultivation center
        * Southern Illinois Irish Festival kicks off this weekend


        * Sides in Scottish referendum make final push
        * U.S. extremism fight could take cue from Minnesota
        * House panel: Safety agency mishandled GM recall
        * Exploring ‘graveyard of ships' near San Francisco
        * Scotland took long road to independence vote

        * Polly Sulcer goes to Washington to push Co...
        * Deadline set for military academy applicat...
        * Shimkus Accepting Applications for Militar...
        * Efforts to streamline discovery, developme...
        * Shimkus representative to be in Fisher - R...
        * Shimkus Discusses Presidential Policies - ...
        * Shimkus not taking election for granted - ...
        * At a glance: How metro-east residents vote...
        * Tom Kacich: Rauner's focus will soon shift...
        * Polly Sulcer goes to Washington to push Co...

        * Corporate Deserters Seek to Continue Doing......
        * Corporate Deserters Seek to Continue Doing......
        * Corporate Deserters Seek to Continue Doing......
        * Corporate Deserters Seek to Continue Doing......
        * Corporate Deserters Seek to Continue Doing......

        * Shangri La's Barr al Jissah ResortSpa to o......
        * ISIS fight: Congress to vote on arming Syr......

        * Beachwood Photo Booth: Wagon Master
        * CPS Gets Sued By BGA & NBC 5 Over Public Records
        * Windy City Live Co-Host Confused About Hitting Her Kid
        * Privacy And Safety A Concern As Illinois Considers Police Body Cameras
        * IAR thanks sponsors for 2014 Fall Conference & Expo
        * What’s next regarding ‘fracking’ in Illinois?
        * Chicago Bar Association releases ratings for Cook County judges seeking retention
        * In Case You Missed It: Top IARbuzz blog posts for the week
        * What typical property disclosure forms are required for sales and lease transactions?
        * Morning Minute: Consumer confidence climbs in August


        * Rauner calls on Quinn to halt secret medical marijuana licensing
        * BREAKING: Quinn in court filing says no to hiring monitor, stands by cronies
        * Governor Quinn, clean house
        * Rauner renews call for Quinn to fire illegal patronage hires
        * Public Betrayal: The Quinn Patronage Scandal Unfolds




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller