Department of Corrections
FINN

United States

#546 Aug 19, 2009
Are you asking for an explanation? Its simple. Some of us posting encourage the idea that offenders be treated with some dignity.

Staff need a starting point inorder to not see them as inferior. I suggested some introspection.

For stsff that have a hard time with that I asked that they consider whether or not thay have family or freinds that could of or have been convicted.

Then I suggest that weconsider wrongful convictions.

All offenders are no the same. Some may be victims of the system. If we start off admitting that we don't know then just maybe we can get off te power trip.

Or we can do business as usual. I don't believe that is the intent of the department.
DOC

United States

#547 Aug 20, 2009
FINN wrote:
Are you asking for an explanation? Its simple. Some of us posting encourage the idea that offenders be treated with some dignity.
Staff need a starting point inorder to not see them as inferior. I suggested some introspection.
For stsff that have a hard time with that I asked that they consider whether or not thay have family or freinds that could of or have been convicted.
Then I suggest that weconsider wrongful convictions.
All offenders are no the same. Some may be victims of the system. If we start off admitting that we don't know then just maybe we can get off te power trip.
Or we can do business as usual. I don't believe that is the intent of the department.
I think everyone agrees with treating offenders with dignity. I think maybe we were just getting hung up on the wording. But I do not need to consider their conviction in order to be professional and treat them firm, fair and consistantly. Their conviction is between them and the justice system.
Higher Teacher Standards

Lafayette, IN

#548 Aug 20, 2009
Bennett pushing for licensing changes

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)- State School Superintendent Dr. Tony Bennett continues to press for new teacher training requirements that would reward professional experience outside the classroom.

Dr. Bennett met Thursday morning with the Professional Standards Board to consider changes in a proposed rule that places less emphasis on teacher education.

Members of the education establishment objected when Dr. Bennett first proposed the rule last month.

"I, again, feel one of the very positive things that has come out of what we are doing is the fact that we are discussing Indiana education and that is a discussion that, in my opinion, is long overdue," said Dr. Bennett.

The board may vote on the proposed new rule in two weeks.
Its ABOUT TIME

Milford, IN

#549 Aug 20, 2009
The superintendent of the Indiana State Prison says he takes responsibility for staff shortcomings that contributed to three inmates' escape last month. Superintendent Mark Levenhagen told lawmakers from LaPorte and Michigan City Tuesday that the inmates escaped because a handful of staff failed to follow proper procedure. He says that's his responsibility.

Three prison guards have been suspended for failing to properly supervise inmates Lance Battreal, Mark Booher and Charles Smith. The men escaped through underground utility tunnels July 12 but were later recaptured.

Levenhagen and Department of Correction Commissioner Edwin Buss say the prison will invest in technology to help secure the tunnels.

A report on the escape is expected by the end of the month.

Levenhagen should resign before that report gets out! EGB when are you going to take some blame?
DOC

United States

#550 Aug 20, 2009
Its ABOUT TIME wrote:
The superintendent of the Indiana State Prison says he takes responsibility for staff shortcomings that contributed to three inmates' escape last month. Superintendent Mark Levenhagen told lawmakers from LaPorte and Michigan City Tuesday that the inmates escaped because a handful of staff failed to follow proper procedure. He says that's his responsibility.
Three prison guards have been suspended for failing to properly supervise inmates Lance Battreal, Mark Booher and Charles Smith. The men escaped through underground utility tunnels July 12 but were later recaptured.
Levenhagen and Department of Correction Commissioner Edwin Buss say the prison will invest in technology to help secure the tunnels.
A report on the escape is expected by the end of the month.
Levenhagen should resign before that report gets out! EGB when are you going to take some blame?
Off with all of their heads! String 'em up in the nearest tree! Nail them to the barn door!
IDOCO

Lafayette, IN

#551 Aug 21, 2009
The following Agency Leadership Announcements are made. Please support these leaders as they commence their new assignments:



Superintendent Alan Finnan: Alan Finnan, effective 24 August 2009, will assume the duties and

responsibilities as Superintendent, Pendleton Correctional Facility. Currently, Allan

has been on special assignment guiding the Agency’s Mental Health effort as the

Operational counterpart to CMS. Previous to that, Mr. Finnan

served as the Superintendent of the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.

Superintendent Finnan has filled many capacities within the Department since 1992.

He has been a Chaplain, Security Threat Group Coordinator, Casework

Manager, Unit Team Manager, and Assistant Superintendent.

Alan has served the Department faithfully in many capacities; his knowledge and

Expertise in maximum security operations; case management, and Mental Health

issues position him perfectly to assume the helm of Pendleton.

Please congratulate and provide your support Superintendent Finnan as he embarks

on yet another leadership challenge within the Agency.



Superintendent Brett Mize: Brett Mize, effective 24 August 2009, will replace Superintendent Finnan as

the Agency’s Operational Mental Health Director and simultaneously commence a

three month rotation as the Interim Executive Director of Operations in relief of

Superintendent Sevier.

Director Mize began his career with the Department in 1992 as a Correctional Officer.

His most recent assignment has been as Superintendent, Pendleton Correctional

Facility, and as Superintendent of RDC. Prior to these leadership assignments Brett

served as an Assistant Superintendent, Complex Director, Training Coordinator and

every Custody rank from Officer to Captain. Mr. Mize was an E-Squad Field

Commander as well as an ERO Cadre. Between his assignments at RDC and Pendleton;

Brett served a tour of combat in Iraq.

Please congratulate and support Director Mize as he commences his new duties.







Superintendent Mark Sevier: Interim Executive Director of Operations Sevier, effective 7 September

2009, will resume his leadership role as Superintendent of the Miami Correctional

Facility. Mark has executed flawlessly during his rotation and has gained a new

appreciation for the breadth and depth of the Agency as a whole. Stretch assignments,

such as the rotations of Executive Directors, have been instituted to provide leaders with

knowledge and experience at levels above their current position



Please congratulate Mark for a job well done!



EGB

Watcher

Noblesville, IN

#552 Aug 21, 2009
good old bous club continues, get out your golfs clubs,beer and lets have another round.
Phil Mckrakken

Milford, IN

#553 Aug 21, 2009
and have ur wife throw ur clothes on the front lawn at ISP
Thankful

United States

#554 Aug 22, 2009
Thank god for the good ol' boys. Otherwise some of you would be running something!
around forever

Evanston, IL

#555 Aug 22, 2009
Phil Mckrakken wrote:
and have ur wife throw ur clothes on the front lawn at ISP
Love that one Phil, some of us do remember!
little man

Plainfield, IN

#556 Aug 22, 2009
"Bennett pushing for licensing changes

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)- State School Superintendent Dr. Tony Bennett continues to press for new teacher training requirements that would reward professional experience outside the classroom.

Dr. Bennett met Thursday morning with the Professional Standards Board to consider changes in a proposed rule that places less emphasis on teacher education.

Members of the education establishment objected when Dr. Bennett first proposed the rule last month.

"I, again, feel one of the very positive things that has come out of what we are doing is the fact that we are discussing Indiana education and that is a discussion that, in my opinion, is long overdue," said Dr. Bennett.

The board may vote on the proposed new rule in two weeks. "

Bennett, Daniels lapdog! And to think Daniels and Nally harassed all the Juvenile teachers into getting Special Ed licenses, what a laugh.
Not just IN

English, IN

#557 Aug 22, 2009
Authorities quell inmate riot at Kentucky prison

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/08/21/kentucky....

I guess it is happening everywhere.
Not just in

Philadelphia, PA

#558 Aug 22, 2009
Good find.. things are much worse in other states..staff in facilities are doing a great job here in hoosier land... too bad we have all these negative people who post on this blog..takes away from all the good things people do.
hmmm

AOL

#559 Aug 22, 2009
Not just in wrote:
Good find.. things are much worse in other states..staff in facilities are doing a great job here in hoosier land... too bad we have all these negative people who post on this blog..takes away from all the good things people do.


Why are you being so negative??? It is a good thing you are posting ;)
yep

Dublin, IN

#560 Aug 22, 2009
around forever wrote:
<quoted text>
Love that one Phil, some of us do remember!
I remember very well. The good old boy Buss was being a good old Boy.
DOC

United States

#561 Aug 22, 2009
Concerning the Danville KY prison riot. Root cause was food issues being thqat it was awful and that the alternative was to buy food from the canteen which kept raising and raising the prices. And just WHO ran their food operations and canteen? None other than ARAMARK. No wonder two of the targeted buildings were the canteen and the cafeteria. A hungry inmate is a dangerous inmate.
We are having the same problems.
sowrong

Dublin, IN

#562 Aug 22, 2009
Thankful wrote:
Thank god for the good ol' boys. Otherwise some of you would be running something!
The good old boys are not good for the good of the cuase. They are belly up to the bar, cocky, sophomoric, narcisstic boys who are vested only in their personal agendas. I find them disgusting.
I find their lack of regard for a healthy and productive juvenile environment to border on negligence. The adult correctional mentality is crude. No place for women in top level postions....unless you are the commissioners wife. Many at the executive level are rogues! No class, no sound sense of right. Tight at the top, they are that. But also blinded by their own arrogance. The whole operation has become a hollow sham. One thoughtless decison after another.
doc

Plainfield, IN

#563 Aug 22, 2009
Inmates Set Kentucky Prison Ablaze
By JEFFREY McMURRAY
,
AP

BURGIN, Ky.(Aug. 22)- Rioting inmates set fire to trash cans and other items inside a central Kentucky prison, and damage to some buildings was so extensive that officials were busing many of the facility's 1,200 prisoners elsewhere, police said Saturday.
By early morning, firefighters had extinguished the fires at the medium-security Northpoint Training Center in a rural area 30 miles south of Lexington, state police Lt. David Jude said.
Eight inmates were treated for minor injuries, and eight staff were also injured in the melee, although none of the employees were admitted to the hospital, said Cheryl Million, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Corrections.
Officers in riot gear rushed the prisoners with tear gas about 9 p.m. Friday, and all the inmates were subdued in less than two hours, authorities said.
Six buildings had burned, including a kitchen, medical center, canteen and visitation area. Million also said all but one of the dormitories, a 196-bed unit, were damaged and uninhabitable.
A bus carrying some 42 inmates deemed higher security risks left the property shortly after 6 a.m., heading to an undisclosed facility. It wasn't clear how many other inmates would have to be moved.
Gov. Steve Beshear praised corrections officials and state police for handling the situation without any serious injuries.
"Their work last night in the face of the most trying circumstances was truly remarkable," Beshear said in a statement. "Corrections officials are currently assessing the extent of damage to determine the needs going forward for safely housing prisoners in the coming days and for the long term."
Some of the inmates would be able to stay at Northpoint, Million said.
"As we continue to assess the situation, other inmates could possibly be transferred," Million said. "Decisions to transfer would be based on facilities security levels and inmates' needs."
Jude said the prisoners were being kept in an outdoor courtyard surrounded by prison guards. Police formed a perimeter around the outside of the facility to make sure no one escaped.
Portable toilets were brought in, and prison officials were using temporary food stations to feed the prisoners because the fire in the kitchen destroyed much of the prison's food supply.
"Everything seems to be at a calm," Jude said. "They're sitting down, kind of going with the program right now."
Jude didn't immediately say what caused of the rioting, which began around 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Prison spokeswoman Mendolyn Cochran said Friday the prison had been on lockdown since Tuesday, when one group of inmates assaulted two others, The Advocate-Messenger of Danville reported. Later Friday, some inmates started setting fires in trash cans, she said.
Million wouldn't confirm the report, saying only that some of the fires started in trash cans and that some inmates had access to matches because smoking is allowed in parts of the prison.
The melee in Kentucky comes two weeks after more than 1,000 inmates rioted at the California Institution for Men in Southern California. The prison was designed to hold about half as many inmates, although investigators say they don't know if crowding helped spark the racially charged riot.
Northpoint has more than 1,100 general population inmates housed in six open-bay dormitories, according to its Web site. Another 60 special management inmates are housed in single cells in a separate structure, and 40 minimum-security inmates are housed in another separate structure.
It opened in 1983 and has a staff of 285.
DOC

United States

#564 Aug 22, 2009
sowrong wrote:
<quoted text>
The good old boys are not good for the good of the cuase. They are belly up to the bar, cocky, sophomoric, narcisstic boys who are vested only in their personal agendas. I find them disgusting.
I find their lack of regard for a healthy and productive juvenile environment to border on negligence. The adult correctional mentality is crude. No place for women in top level postions....unless you are the commissioners wife. Many at the executive level are rogues! No class, no sound sense of right. Tight at the top, they are that. But also blinded by their own arrogance. The whole operation has become a hollow sham. One thoughtless decison after another.
Nuts!
DOCCO

Columbus, IN

#565 Aug 22, 2009
Dawn Buss is not in a "top level" position. It was created for her that's for sure but it is hardly top level.

No class in our leadership? Right about that. Embarrassing.

Tight at the top? Right about that. And yes arrogant. This group has for the most part been promoted far too fast, or beyond their abilities. Which is too bad, and a waste of skill and talent that could be valuable to the department if developed properly. And scarier still is that the line of succession has already been determined. Those of you in the field thinking you are working torwards advancement are naive. There is no advancement for anyone with practical experience because they do not sing the right tune.

The riot in Kentucky should be a caution for everyone although I believe the staff on the line in the facilities know the problems and need no cautions about what can go so wrong. It is the Central Office decision makers who please need to take note and help their "COLEAGUES" on the line.(DAN) If steps aren't taken now, the results soon will be disastererous.

It's easy to see the situation in KY could have been bad and handled badly. Kudos to Al Parke. It could have been worse. Mr. Parke, eccentricities aside, was a good leader and developed his staff appropriately to handle situations like this. He is missed.

Yes, teaching staff has been ignored. Abused? No. Ignored. But it's time to lay off the endless, repeated statements about Mitch/DOC/Ed problems. The problems in DOC go far beyond education. Please do not continue to alientate your peers by focusing on education as the most important lynchpin in good corrections. There is more involved, and when you dis-involve your co-workers, they will turn their backs on your problems. We are all in this together.

Al Finnan will be eaten alive at IR. Brett Mize as Director of Mental Health? Great minds are still trying to figure that one out.

And more to come.

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