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Lancaster, SC

#262 Feb 12, 2011
well old richard smith has left got tired of barbra bad treatments lol

Lancaster, SC

#263 Mar 18, 2011
(30) days of the date of the occurrence of such change.
464-3-.05 Notification of Disciplinary Action. Any applicant/candidate for certification or person certified pursuant to O.C.G.A. Title 35, Chapter 8, who has disciplinary action taken against him/her by any agency, organ, or department of this State, a subdivision or municipality thereof, or federal, shall notify the Council within fifteen (15) days of said action. For purposes of the fifteen (15) day time limit, evidence that notification was mailed within fifteen (15) days shall be sufficient. Disciplinary action as used herein means any action taken by any municipal, county, state or federal agency against a certified officer, which meet any of the following criteria:
(a) arrest by local, state, or federal authorities;
(b) suspensions, in totality, of thirty (30) days or longer for singular incidents of misconduct, demotions (other than for administrative purposes), termination by employing agency, or resignations in lieu of terminations;
(c) indictments of presentments in any local, state or federal courts;
(d) conviction or bond forfeiture, in any local, state or federal court. The term "conviction" shall include a finding or verdict of guilt, plea of guilty, or a plea of nolo contendere, regardless of whether the adjudication of guilt or sentence is withheld or not entered thereon;
(e) minor traffic citations written to a certified officer need not be reported to the Council.

Lancaster, SC

#264 Mar 19, 2011
464-3-.06 Notification Required by Employing Agency. Amended. Employing agencies suspending for thirty (30) days or longer, demoting (other than for administrative purposes) , discharging an applicant/candidate for certification or certified officers for disciplinary reasons or accepting resignations in lieu of termination shall inform the Council in writing within fifteen (15) days of such action and records concerning the disciplinary action shall be made available to an investigator with POST Council.

Alachua, FL

#265 Mar 27, 2011
smiling wrote:
well old richard smith has left got tired of barbra bad treatments lol
richard smith's contract was not renewed because he was a manipulative bastard.

Rock Hill, SC

#266 Jun 12, 2011
The March 9, 2011 POST Council meeting was yesterday, and I’d like to share a few comments on
the “goings on.”
First, Sheriff Mike Yeager of Coweta County was re-elected Chairman, Chief Roy Whitehead of
Snellville was re-elected Vice-Chairman, and Sheriff Mike Jolly of Harris County was elected
There were several rule changes that were approved.
First was the consolidation of the two-step appeal process. The current fifteen (15) day window for
two separate steps was put into one thirty (30) day process. I had found that the two-step process was
somewhat confusing. The new process will be posted on the POST web site at .
Council also voted on going forward with the process of recertification of basic certifications.
Recertification for practical purposes will require that officers who graduate from the academy after
January 1, 2012 will have to be re-certified every four (4) years, so it really takes effect in 2016. The
process will consist of a POST Council review of the officer’s fingerprint results (GCIC/NCIC),
driver’s history, training history, and completion of a themed POST training requirement during the
certification period. Officers will have to complete such themed topics as Eyewitness ID, Elder
Abuse, Domestic Violence, etc. during the certification period (not annually). The current annual
training requirement of twenty hours including Firearms Requalification & Use of Deadly Force
richard smith

Lancaster, SC

#267 Jun 25, 2011
When It Comes to Immigration Detention and Enforcement, Georgia Sets a Terrible Example
On Monday, the ACLU of Georgia submitted testimony to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on conditions at Stewart and Irwin County Detention Centers as well as racial profiling in Cobb and Gwinnett counties. IACHR has a mandate to promote respect for human rights in the region and is authorized to examine allegations of human rights violations in all member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) including the United States.
The IACHR hearing came less than a week after the body released its report critical of the U.S. immigration enforcement and detention system. The report was based on visits to six detention centers in the U.S. and interviews with detainees and their family members as well as human rights defenders.
richard smith

Lancaster, SC

#268 Jun 25, 2011
Sr. Hudson’s symptoms suggested heart failure, and this was not ruled out until after 60 hours of intense pain, when on the morning of May 31st she was finally taken to the local hospital emergency department. From Saturday afternoon May 28th through Tuesday morning May 31st, in spite of numerous attempts, Sr. Hudson was denied access to a physician, her attorney or family members.

During the 60 hours between Saturday afternoon May 28th, 2011 and Tuesday morning May 31st, Warden Barbara Walrath was “unavailable” and directed her staff to let no one, including her attorney, speak to Sr. Hudson. The ICDC Nurse who was on duty was not required to consult Dr. Howard C. McMahan the medical Director of the Irwin County Detention Center who under the ICDC procedures was not on call and thus was not notified of Sr. Hudson’s condition and did not examine her until June 1st.

The source of Sr. Hudson’s continuing upper chest pain had not yet been determined, and she remained in isolation in the “medical room” of the ICDC until she was transported back to Knoxville where she had been ordered to appear before H. Bruce Guyton, U.S. Magistrate Judge this morning at 9:00 am in order to be released from prison for medical reasons.

Sisters Carol Gilbert, Jackie Hudson, and Ardeth Platte, Plowshares Nuns, inspire action and
participate in nonviolent civil resistance against the illegal and immoral occupation of Iraq.

When Hudson arrived at the Knox County Sheriff’s
richard smith

Lancaster, SC

#269 Jun 26, 2011
(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.)- Forward by editor: There aren't many things that bother me more than the story you are about to read. The people of this nation have their moral structures turned upside down and their actions are inexcusable. Along the way a few brave souls like Sister Jackie Hudson, God bless her, have what it takes, the courage to take a stand against this nation's savage military/industrial complex. She is right. That she would be incarcerated in a 'privately owned''contracted' federal prison plunges everything America stands for right off the cliff...(more below)
- Tim King
A 76-year old nun and peace activist was hospitalized after being denied medical care at a federally contracted private detention facility.
Sister Jackie Hudson, OP, age 76, who has been in prison since her conviction on Federal trespassing charges resulting from her peaceful protest at the Y-12 nuclear weapons facility last July was hospitalized for serious medical complications resulting from being denied care while at the Irwin County Detention Center, a federally contracted private detention facility in Ocilla, Georgia.
Hudson is one of eight people in federal custody awaiting sentencing for an anti-nuclear demonstration at the Y-12 nuclear weapon site at Oak Ridge Tennessee.
Click the image above to visit this important site.
She and seven others, including two other
david paulk

Lancaster, SC

#270 Jun 26, 2011
The source of Sr. Hudson’s continuing upper chest pain had not yet been determined, and she remained in isolation in the “medical room” of the ICDC until she was transported back to Knoxville where she had been ordered to appear before H. Bruce Guyton, U.S. Magistrate Judge this morning at 9:00 am in order to be released from prison for medical reasons.
Sisters Carol Gilbert, Jackie Hudson, and Ardeth Platte, Plowshares Nuns, inspire action and
participate in nonviolent civil resistance against the illegal and immoral occupation of Iraq.
When Hudson arrived at the Knox County Sheriff’s Detention Facility in Knoxville on June 8th, the Physician’s Assistant in charge recognized the seriousness of her condition and had her sent to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Hospital staff are giving Hudson medication to keep her pain free, while treating her Pneumonia and stabilizing her kidney function.
This morning at 9:00 am, Hudson’s attorney, Brad Henry, appeared before Judge Guyton, and in Hudson’s absence petitioned the court for her release pending sentencing.
The judge granted the request pending Hudson’s acceptance of the conditions of her release. Henry, accompanied by a U.S. Marshall and Federal probation officer, went to the hospital where he obtained Hudson’s signature.
Sister Hudson will remain at the University of Tennessee Medical Center until strong enough to be released to recuperate in Knoxville.
She will then travel home to Seattle where she will return to the care of her doctors at the University of Washington Medical Center.
Past reports on Plowshares for Peace
david paulk

Lancaster, SC

#271 Jun 26, 2011
The following letter was written by Nancy Smith, 78, from the Irwin County Jail where she is serving out the beginning of a 6-month sentence for crossing the line at Ft. Benning. Nancy recently successfully applied for and obtained indigent status in the jail, which only allows for her to send out three letters per week paid for by the jail. She is very grateful for your many letters of support.

Irwin County Detention Center
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dear SOA Watchers,

…on the 5th day the mail arrived! And, oh my it was good. So many people wrote wonderful words of support and encouragement. I was just astounded by the wealth that just fell on me!

I’m in a dorm of 32 women, 4 to a room, with double-bunk beds. The facility here at Ocilla (GA) is clean, modern, warm (most of the time) with lots of heavy doors that bang shut throughout 24 hours. Food is inexcusably bad, but it comes regularly 3 times a day and a vegetarian like myself can usually trade the (what passes for) meat for (what passes for) vegetables.

The next stop will be a transfer to a federal prison. Or not. Some of the women have been here for over a year and expect they might just serve their full sentence here. Or not. And it’s the not knowing that keeps everyone on edge. The stories are heart breaking to hear; many get in trouble through drugs, pills or because their boyfriends committed an offense. Many have small children at home, no financial resources, no job skills, no support system, no education, and some face very long sentences. Hold them in your heart; light a candle for them. They need you very badly.

There is a common room for the women in this unit, metal tables with attached benches, a TV set and microwave. The ceiling is very high and gives the feeling that we’re underground. There are three space openings leading up to small skylights. That’s our only glimpse of what’s outside. I saw a small beam of sunlight this morning.

I talk about SOA all the time. Because I’m such an oddity here, many want to know what I did to get here and I tell them. They are horrified of course, when they hear what SOA graduates have done and we have some good conversations about governments and abuse of power.

And we also joke a lot, sitting around laughing, passing the time. You may be interested to know that I’m developing a southern accent. Not good enough to pass, but I’m working on it. One of my roommates says if I let my hair grow out a bit, she will braid it for me (corn rows?)

Great warm hugs to you all, wherever you are.


You can write to Nancy at:

OCILLA, GA 31774

Write to the other Prisoners of Conscience; Louis, David and Chris!(please note David's new address!)
david paulk

Lancaster, SC

#272 Jun 26, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011The Shakedown
As of January 26th, Chris still had not received his meds, 3 weeks after his entrance into Irwin County Jail. Chris' Dad Dave stands up for Chris and shakes down the warden. As of yesterday, Chris has finally received his meds and though they are not the ones he wanted to continue on, we are grateful!
January 26, 2011
RE. Chris Spicer #7060
Dear Warden Walrath and Captain Paulk
I am writing on behalf of my son Chris Spicer. After several days, I understand he was finally able to make a call this evening to his legal counsel Robert Phares. Mr. Phares called me to provide certain information. My wife and I have not been able to hear from Chris since January 18. And I can tell you I am very unhappy to hear this news from Phares.
Despite making repeated requests that Chris be administered his medication and being informed by Captain Paulk that he was in fact finally getting these meds as of last Friday, January 21, our son now informs Mr. Phares that he is still NOT receiving these meds or any meds that might be generic and has NEVER received any meds..
This is outrageous, against the law and I want this corrected immediately. You have on file a letter from his treating psychiatrist Dr. Francis Alouf that Chris Spicer needs to be on this medication on a daily basis. There is absolutely no justification for your actions and the actions of your staff.
I am once again contacting my US Senator Patty Murray today. As you know, her offices have already contacted Irwin (last week on January 18) to lodge a complaint. If necessary, I will contact both of Georgia’s US Senators and making immediate request that they also conduct an investigation into your operations and find out how many other inmates besides my son are not receiving their medications. If necessary, I will file a formal complaint with the Bureau of Prisons and also have a US Department of Justice conduct a formal probe into your prison and its operations.
My son is serving time for engaging in a single act of civil disobedience and received the maximum sentence possible of six months for protesting the School of the Americas at Ft. Benning. This is a crime of trespass and represents a simple misdemeanor and he is a first time offender. The treatment he is receiving at your detention center is outrageous. And I suspect there are countless others in your prison who are treated likewise.
I expect to hear from Captain Paulk today along with my son on the phone to me confirming TODAY that he is receiving his medications.
I hope you understand I am dead serious about taking action if this is not immediately resolved.
Dave Spicer
Cc: Senator Patty Murray, State of Washington
Cc: Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, State of Georgia
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011The Blackout ...or in other words how does it feel to be jerked around
Usually when a person is incarcerated, there is a blackout period in which the prisoner is unable to communicate with the outside. It can be a couple days to about a week. It's a scary time as you might imagine for any friends and family because they have no idea what is happening to their loved one: if they are eating, if they are safe, if they are alive. I don't really understand why this is the case but it has something to do with the fact that once a person enters the prison they are simply at the mercy of the system. And the system is not designed to rehabilitate: it is designed to punish and isolate.
Let's take what happened with our own Chris Spicer. Chris went in on January 5th. He was able to speak to his parents the day of and his advocate very briefly on day 2. But then there was silence for almost 14 days. No one in Chris' community heard from him: his legal advocate, his support at the White Rose Catholic Worker, his pare
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Lancaster, SC

#273 Jun 30, 2011
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Lancaster, SC

#274 Jun 30, 2011
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david paulk

Lancaster, SC

#275 Jul 28, 2011
• Detention Management LLC. It owns and operates the Irwin County Detention Center, a 1,225-bed operation in Ocilla. Part of the campus functions as the county jail, with the other space housing inmates referred by U.S. marshals and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The company – the first from the private sector to own a jail in Georgia – was founded by Charles D. “Bud” Black, a White County native who was a longtime manager and pacesetter for the Georgia Department of Corrections.
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Rock Hill, SC

#276 Aug 14, 2011
Agencies want prison to
pay $750k in tax debt
Local governments have
decided enough is enough with
Irwin County Detention Center
and its unpaid taxes.
The Irwin County Board of
Commissioners voted Monday,
Aug. 8, to authorize Irwin
County Tax Commissioner
Sandra Paulk and County
Attorney Warren Mixon to pursue
judicial in rem foreclosure
proceedings against Municipal
Detention, Inc. Municipal
Detention is the name on the ad
valorem tax bills for the detention
Mayor Lamar Royal said the
City of Ocilla plans to participate
in the effort to recover the
unpaid tax dollars owed by the
Municipal Detention is listed
on the tax books as owing
more than $750,000 in taxes,
interest and penalties, with
some of the unpaid taxes
stretching back to 2009.
$256,572.40 is owed to the
yeah up dated

Rock Hill, SC

#277 Oct 6, 2011
Detention center hearing delayed
A hearing regarding local government’s
attempts to collect taxes owed
on Irwin County Detention Center
resulted in the proceedings being
postponed Tuesday.
In August, the Irwin County Board
of Commissioners voted to authorize
Tax Commissioner Sandra Paulk ant
County Attorney Warren Mixon to
pursue judicial in rem foreclosure
against Municipal Detention, Inc.,
the company name on the ad valorem
tax bills for the detention center.
According to county officials, more
than $750,000 in taxes are owed on
the ICDC property from 2009 and
2010 to the county, the Irwin County
Board of Education, the City of Ocilla
and the State of Georgia.
Although officials had hoped the
matter would be resolved before a
hearing with Chief Superior Court
Judge Bill Reinhardt Tuesday, Oct. 4,
the hearing went ahead as planned.
However, the matter was complicated
when lawyers for Municipal
Detention filed a counter claim
against the county early Tuesday
Mixon said the counter claim
involves a contractual dispute with
the county, though he could not go
into specifics. ICDC is contracted
with Irwin County to serve as the
county’s jail, while the privately run
detention center also houses federal
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
detainees and other prisoners.
“We hope to have everything
resolved in the next two to three
months,” Mixon said.“Everything’s
still kind of status quo.”
He said that the foreclosure proceedings
have been postponed until
the county can examine the claim
against it.
“It’s not over,” Mixon said

Clermont-ferrand, France

#278 Nov 28, 2011
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Rock Hill, SC

#279 Jan 10, 2012
Prison tax debt near resolution
A hearing Monday left Irwin
County’s attempt to foreclose
on the owners of Irwin County
Detention Center close to resolution.
In August 2011, the Irwin
County Tax Commissioner Sandra
Paulk filed suit against
Municipal Detention LLC to
begin judicial in rem foreclosure
proceedings in an attempt
to recover more than $1 million
dollars in back taxes owed to
the county, the Irwin County
Board of Education, the City of
Ocilla and the State of Georgia.
The taxes stemmed from 2009
to 2010 but were later amended
to include 2011 taxes which
have also gone unpaid.
The lawyer for Municipal
Detention, John Flanders
Kennedy, never argued that the
taxes were not owed during a
hearing before Superior Court
Judge Bill Reinhardt Monday.
Instead, he argued that the procedures
used should not allow
the foreclosure proceedings to
go forward.
First, Kennedy said his client
should not have to pay the taxes
because Municipal Detention
had counter-claimed that the
county owed the prison’s owners
about $600,000 for housing
the county’s prisoners. Attorney
Warren Mixon, representing
Paulk, argued that the tax commissioner
was a separate entity
charged with collecting taxes
and thus separate from the
county. He also said that money
owed by the county cannot be
used as an excuse not to pay
taxes or everyone with a lawsuit
against the county could make a
similar claim.
Reinhardt seemed to agree
with Mixon’s argument and
over-ruled Kennedy’s objections.
Kennedy also objected to the
amendment adding the 2011
unpaid taxes due to a variety of
reasons, including that his client
did not receive 30 days notification
prior to the addition of the
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Rock Hill, SC

#280 Jan 25, 2012
Unless more than $1.5 million
is paid, Irwin County
Detention Center will go up for
sale in March.
Chief Superior Court Judge
Bill Reinhardt’s order was filed
Jan. 17 allowing Irwin County
Tax Commissioner Sandra
Paulk to proceed with foreclosure
against the jail. The tax
commissioner is seeking to
force the jail’s owner, Municipal
Detention, to pay all of its local
taxes from 2010 and 2011, a
portion of its 2009 City of Ocilla
taxes, penalties, interest and
other fees, totalling more than
$1.5 million.
If the money goes unpaid,
ICDC will be put up for tax sale
March 6. If the property goes
unsold, ownership will transfer
to Irwin County. Municipal
Detention will still have 60 days
after the sale to pay the amount
due and reclaim ownership, but
because Paulk pursued the special
judicial in rem foreclosure
proceedings against the jail’s
owners, a clear title can be
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Rock Hill, SC

#281 Jan 31, 2012
ICDC files
suit vs. board
The owners of Irwin County
Detention Center are suing
the Irwin County Board of
Commissioners, and they are
attempting to block the more
than $1.6 million tax sale of the
privately owned prison.
A hearing will be held at 10
a.m. Friday at the Irwin County
Courthouse to discuss the
various legal matters involved
in the suit to recover money the
owners claim the county owes
and the foreclosure on the
prison’s tax debts. The Board
of Commissioners also voted
during an emergency called
meeting last week to file a
counter claim against ICDC to
recover money the board says
the prison owes the county.
Jan. 9, a hearing was held in
which Irwin County Tax Commissioner
Sandra Paulk and
the City of Ocilla pursued judicial
in rem foreclosure against
the owners of ICDC, Municipal
Detention, LLC. The company
had not paid its taxes to
the Irwin County Board of
Commissioners, Irwin County
Board of Education or City of
Ocilla from 2010 and 2011 and
had not paid a portion of the
2009 Ocilla taxes. Chief Superior
Court Judge Bill Reinhardt
eventually ruled that the
prison’s owners must either
pay more than $1.6 million in
taxes, penalties and interest or
the prison would be sold at a
tax sale, which is scheduled for
March 6.
Jan. 25, John Flanders
Kennedy, an attorney for
Municipal Detention, filed suit
against the county commissioners
to recover unspecified
money which the county
allegedly had not paid for the
prison to house its inmates.
Kennedy also requested a temporary
restraining order to
block the tax sale.
During the foreclosure proceedings,
Kennedy had filed a
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