Browsing Archive: July, 2011

LOVE that compliance!

Posted by JCOfficer on Thursday, July 28, 2011, In : RANTS 
But what if the kids DON'T comply?  What then, especially if it's a group non-compliance?

By the book, it'd be the check in/thinking report/time out/LOP routine for individuals who simply were defiant and refused all checks.  If those interventions don't work, we can (I guess) start referring them.

But say a kid just is cursing, or out of dress code somehow, or is a little touchy-feely with a peer, or isn't into group movement.  He's bust being contrary... having a bad day and is in a non-carin...
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Just a second --

Posted by JCofficer on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, In : After Hours 

If someone is ALWAYS LATE coming in to work then eventually they're really not late, you follow?

FOR YEARS a co-worker came in late, every shift, 10-15 minutes or more after the hour.  We complained and complained about it, and were told time and time again by the JCO 6 that at least this person eventually DID come in consistantly, and what would we rather do -- work another 15 minutes or another 4 hours?  Ok, I get the drift... but... sorry...

That's the WRONG ANSWER.

Or how about this -- you'r...


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Even I saw this coming --

Posted by JCOfficer on Sunday, July 24, 2011, In : RANTS 
From the excellent http://gritsforbreakfast.blogspot.com/ website, July, 2011, regarding the influx of new kids at Giddings --

"If youth are simply moved to remaining facilities, the agency, Legislature and public should expect conditions inside facilities to worsen. Youth lock-ups that house more youth are more likely to have staff-on-youth, youth-on-youth and youth-on-staff violence, like what the state saw prior to the TYC reforms initiated in 2007. Returning to those conditions would undo ...
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Sound familiar? TOO familiar?

Posted by JCOfficer on Saturday, July 23, 2011, In : Legal Issues 
http://blog.chron.com/texaspolitics/2007/03/tyc-another-missed-opportunity/ 

Click on the link above then post a SHOUT, please.  We're either pissing in the wind or not, and I'm not sure who's really interested in the future of the youth of Texas -- but I know I'M serious and that yes, I DO care enough about our kids AND my co-workers to just call a spade a spade and let the cards fall where they will.  But who to deal with??

The above link is yet ANOTHER missed opportunity, indeed.  Can we aff...

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Beam me up!

Posted by JCOfficer on Friday, July 22, 2011, In : After Hours 
Sometimes I just can't wait to get on the other side of the fence, you know?  Especially after a 12 hour shift.  Even more especially since it's due to a co-worker who I've NEVER seen come to work except past the hour they should have BEEN on the dorm... WHEN they actually come in at all.  For some people, it seems a "dog ate my homework" type of excuse is no problem for them, but I don't think I could pull that off, myself.

And you know what just torques me??  The CASE WORKER comes on the dor...

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JUST FYI

Posted by JCOfficer on Wednesday, July 20, 2011,
Here's the Official Line, taken from the Official TYC public website:

AGENCY PHILOSOPHY

Texas Youth Commission staff adhere to these principles:

  • TYC will create an organization of which all Texans can be proud.
  • TYC will value its employees as the agency’s greatest asset.
  • TYC will create an organization where teamwork and collaboration is paramount.
  • TYC will create an organization that will care about the youth in its care and will strive to make a positive impact on their...


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GUEST SNIPPETS

Posted by Curtis Moss on Monday, July 18, 2011, In : RANTS 
Here's some excerpts of what I've been hearing and reading lately... thanks y'all for the input!

"Please advise on who is going to be responsible if one of the students get hurt.  The dorm is out of control and it doesn't help go to check or confront students anymore because they just tell you to go f*** yourself."

"The students who are trying to sleep can't, and are starting to get upset with the others and and I'm afraid they may get into a fight with the non-compliant students."

"... after th...

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GIVE ME ANSWERS!!

Posted by JCOfficer on Monday, July 18, 2011, In : RANTS 
Sorry that the best The Hill can come up with to JCO questions at a recent campus wide meeting are various shades of the "I don't know", "It's hard to say",  etc variety... what DO they know?  Obviously, no plans... and clueless as to the real nature of what's been going on at the dorms.  It's out of our control to promote postive change?

I DON'T THINK SO.

DO they have any short or long range plans/ideas/goals??  ANY???  Must be nice to get scheduled time off,  but what do -I- know about THAT? ...

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Guest Opinions

Posted by JCOfficer on Friday, July 15, 2011, In : Old Timers 
Here's a letter from Officer JCOC3P0:

"Just would like to know if anyone has noticed a change in attitude around campus?  Students going around with their T-shirts out, or pants way down low.  How about the tight cuffs; does this bother anyone other than myself?  What happened to no talking in line movement?

Does it piss you off at the med window when students sit down and you can't refer them.  Funny how staff still yell at students to tuck thier shirts in or uncuff their pants and the student...

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Dirty Harry v.s. Punk: "CLASS ACT"

Posted by JCOfficer on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, In : Real Kudos 

Gotta love that Callahan character -- sometimes it's hard not to just say what you really think to the young people of today, and offer some advice and wisdom, as well.  When Dirty Harry speaks, like to the punk in the video clip (link below)-- he caught the guy's undivided attention right away, had a few wods for him, and was given kudos by a co-worker.  How cool is THAT??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=UznxI3Z4NU8


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Who comes up with this stuff??

Posted by JCOfficer on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, In : Videos 

When Clint Eastwood says ~ http://youtu.be/mevxenJ6Mtc ~ he's pointing a .44 Mag 'tween a punk's eyeballs and letting him bet on if he'd just fired FIVE SHOTS... or SIX.  Go ahead... make my day.  Yeah, right.  Dare ya.

Let's get it out in the open, and not mince words:  CoNexTions sucks.  The kids know it.  We all know it.  NO ONE I KNOW HAS EVER HAD ANYTHING POSITIVE TO SAY ABOUT IT.   Is that right, or not?  You know it's true.

OK, I'm not an Expert, but I KNOW when a kid deserves a 0, he sh...


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FROM OFFICIAL TYC HISTORY

Posted by JCOfficer on Monday, July 11, 2011, In : RANTS 

"The alarming rise in juvenile crime continued. In Texas, from 1990 to 1998, the juvenile proportion of total arrests increased from 23% to 35%. Juvenile violent crime arrests also increased. The 74th Texas Legislature passed the most expansive juvenile reform legislation since 1973. This legislation that took effect in January 1996 has been described as a "get tough, balanced approach" that reflected the public attitude that we want to punish youth in some meaningful way, and yet not abandon...


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NOT A PRETTY SITE

Posted by JCOfficer on Monday, July 11, 2011, In : Legal Issues 
No, there's nothing much positive to say today.

It's probably a GOOD THING that a blog post I'd just been writing on got poofed out into the ether after I got a little trigger-happy on the mouse and blitzed it off to never-never land.  I was getting just a WEE BIT testy there towards the en d... and while I can never hit all those exact same keys in the exact same order, below is the gist of what I had written. Enjoy, and keep posted.  Sure there will be more fairly soon. GRRR.  Topics include...
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The way things USED to be...

Posted by JCOfficer on Saturday, July 9, 2011, In : Newbies 
The kids wore orange clothes.
They marched, and called cadence.
They all did "parade rest" etc etc.

They could lose their stage if they exhibited poor behavior.
High state youth acted as mentors.
Zero tolerance meant zero tolerance and everyone knew what that meant.

There's soooo much history a Newbie here will never know unless told about.  Anyone who worked here prior to the 2007 sex scandal revelations really knows what the "old days" were like... ASK THEM if they don't tell you about how situat...
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California Youth Commission -- MELTDOWN

Posted by JCOfficer on Friday, July 8, 2011, In : Videos 

BE ADVISED ~ This video is a bit disturbling. Click on link: http://youtu.be/FT1w2hJ34Ug


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That's the way the Big Boys do it!

Posted by JCOfficer on Friday, July 8, 2011, In : Real Kudos 
Getting better at this; click on the link below for a pretty exciting YouTube video.  I'm still wanting to work it out so  the video shows are in a regular window here on the blog, but for now I'm happy to have got this working as well as it does.  Smile.

I'm NOT suggesting we do anything like this at TYC Giddings, necessarily, but I can see it WORKS.  When these guards say ZERO TOLERANCE, they MEAN it.

PRISON SHAKEDOWN

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What's the deal??

Posted by JCOfficer on Friday, July 8, 2011, In : Old Timers 
Word I hear is that 3 (new?) JCO staff all quit on one day on one of the dorms... 2 to 10 folks, as I hear.  Not good.

Why would people FLOCK out like that?  My assumption is that they found that The Floor wasn't ANYTHING like what was painted in Corsicana.  The reality of the situation lately -- that is to say, the kids totally in control -- probably wasn't something brought up in their two week training course.  How to handle these situations?

Disipline would help.  Chairs would maybe work.  ...
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Updating site

Posted by OfficerFriendly on Thursday, July 7, 2011, In : Videos 
OK!! So far, so good. Made some changes to the first two pages, and will work on the Shout Box on the Thinking Reports page next.  Will be putting on -- or figuring out how, hopefully -- some videos here soon... so keep a look out.

Wondering why there was extra SECURITY STAFF on a dorm to make the ratio legal yesterday?  Never seen that happen before.  I know we're short handed, but this is nuts!  What if I have to work SECURITY next??!  NO WAY.

Kids were better than usual... think they got the...
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New Blog

Posted by JCOfficer on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, In : RANTS 
I am new to blogging, but I've used computers since '81... so this will take a little while to figure out and get in the groove.  Looks like it works, though, so HERE WE GO!  Your comments and opinions will be appreciated; otherwise I'll just rant on.

Give me a little time.  I need some sleep right now. 
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