Too many stories, too little time

FBI special agent in charge of the region should resign, or be fired. He’s Mr. “Culture of Corruption” law and order, and yet, his prize catch, former Dayton City Commissioner Joey D. Williams, spent only 3 months and 21 days in prison of a one year term. Nevermind the fact that Deters seems to be colorblind, only going after Black people in a region rife with corruption. Williams now gets to “suffer” home detention- where he’s basically in the same situation that most of us are in thanks to Covid 19. Home detention where he can have consensual sex instead of the prison kind when you drop the soap. What message does this send to the real public figures who run a huge pay to play racket in town?

I’m waiting on huge public records requests on a few corrections officers in the jail that need correcting. These two are in jail everyday, just on the wrong side of the bars. I tried to let the public know about the absolutely abysmal protocols for treating Covid in the Montgomery County jail, but when you have a Sheriff who is willing to allow sociopaths as captors, why worry about a little virus? The lawsuits will be epic- as will the settlements.

While Wright State is floundering openly like a beached hagfish (I’ve got no idea what a hagfish is, but an expert on them is running the university into the ground), I’ve been working on yet another approach to uncovering the incompetence, since straight reporting is ignored. While every university is struggling with what to do about Covid on Campus, Wright State promoted the criminal who was one of the chief architects of their $130M fall from grace (and they are safe from Joe Deters because all of them are white or Indian or a pretentious “pacific islander”- No Black people to charge here Joe Deters). This plan should start to roll next week, after critical review by some very highly placed and influential confidants.

The City of Centerville is being twisted and turned by a City Manager who seems to think that his teflon coated connections keep him safe from being fried, but, as the truth comes out, he, and the City Commission who seem to be protecting him, will all lose big. There is a nasty past to Wayne Davis, where he was charged with domestic violence and then the charges were dropped, a DUI, and then his rise to where he is now. Davis, who is now married to Judge Huffman, has caused the sleepy town of Centerville to look more like Dayton Public Schools when it comes to turnover with at least 17 top people leaving since the little dictator came to town from the “City of Montgomery” (Let’s be clear here- 10K people is not a city, and really- neither is 24K people in Centerville, the idea of even allowing these tax hogging duplicators of services to exist is a crime against Ohioans). Davis tried to fire police Sgt. James Myers, who was more than qualified to be City Manager than he was- having done an entire, blemish free career in Centerville, for something as minor as writing a letter in support of someone who Davis the Dictator had fired. Now, Davis is promoting one of the other Sgt’s despite a long record of questionable personal choices, as the lawsuit over the firing of Myers is still in it’s infancy. Myers’ attorney, Jeff Silverstein, will end up owning Centerville by the time this is over.

While we’re on the subject of HR turmoil, the horrible people running Dayton Public Schools, Dr. Elizabeth Lolli and Dr. Sheila Burton, with a school board of idiots cheering them on, are once again playing musical chairs with school leadership throughout the district. Of the 28 buildings, there isn’t one that’s had the same leadership for 3 years running. Folks, this isn’t how functioning organizations work. Of course, the fact that Lolli and Burton have been handing out very expensive consulting contracts to their church friends is overlooked, and when you realize that Lori Ward ran the district with just 2 assistants, David Lawrence and Lisa Minor, Lolli has at least 5. Oh, and did I mention that Ward had 50% more students?

Lolli is in the final year of her very juicy 3 year contract which has her overpaid and not accountable to anyone. She’s already a retire-rehire and has just increased her base pension by at least 50%. In the meantime, student achievement, enrollment, graduation rates, morale, are all the worst of all time. Her hires, and there have been many, often quit before their first year is up. This board didn’t even consider interviewing outside candidates when hiring her and seemed oblivious to the fact that she was brought to the district by Rhonda Corr who was “fired” in disgrace. When I say “fired” I have to qualify it, because when most of us taxpayers get fired, our paychecks stop. Not so for Corr. Or for the guy the last board should have hired instead of Corr- the internal candidate and assistant superintendent David Lawrence. Lawrence took his hush money and immediately went to work on his PhD and to work as an Elementary School Principal in Northmont, a functioning district where school buildings have the same principal and staff for decades.

Coming up is either a search for a new superintendent (unlikely) or some kind of raise and additional contract for Lolli, of which she won’t complete and the taxpayers will continue to pay for. This will be done before the “Slate” candidates have to run for re-election or higher office (rumors abound that both Mohammed Al-Hamdani and Jocelyn Rhynard have their sights set on City Commission or Mayor next year.)

Speaking of the City Commission and Mayor: Mims probably won’t run again and Nan would love to get rid of Fairchild even though he’s got no power or voice or inkling to resist her. That means Nan needs 2 more puppets in her show. The Mayor thinks she’ll be in a Cabinet level position in the Biden presidency- saving us from her, when she really should be in prison for extortion and pay to play. Filling her seat will be a special election or during the primary, and she’s probably been dangling that out to a few people to manipulate more people to pray on her alter.

Any candidate wanting to run for school board or city commission is faced with a daunting task of getting over 300 and 500 good signatures from voters in the middle of a pandemic where personal interaction and touching a pen could be a death sentence. Of course, no one cares that you can run for Congress with just 50 signatures – and change this stupid law- at least temporarily for this cycle. Now is the time to start collecting City Commission signatures which are usually due in February (when it’s really cold)- and make sure you dot every “i” and cross every “t” so that the Board of (S)Elections doesn’t play gotcha with your petitions.

Speaking of the BOE, they are still working really hard on fining and prosecuting every minor candidates campaign finance reports, questioning amounts off that are less than $1. Of course, since they can’t properly name and post these non-ADA compliant reports (which are all self-reported) it’s really hard to go and check on any of this or who gave to whom. Of course, since we don’t elect anyone over the BOE (they are appointed by the two corrupt and illegitimate political party crime syndicates in town) the whole system is rigged.

There are other stories waiting to be written.  I never have to worry about losing one to the Dayton Daily snooze, which is at record low staffing and has an Editor who can’t find a story unless his people read it on Esrati.com first. There is a story coming of epic incompetence in a county office that should be amazing, but it may have an even bigger twist of stupid in the works.

I know this reads more like a pile of innuendo and rumors and editorializing instead of a news story with documented evidence, but, as the NY Times says, Democracy dies in the dark, and there’s only so much light in my Covid encapsulated isolation tank.

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Sheriff Streck’s house of horror

June 18, 2020, I published :Covid19 spreading in the Montgomery County Jail
June 19, 2020 I published Sheriff Streck hits the panic button

Some people started paying attention.

June 20, 2020 the Dayton Daily news publishes “Citizens demand action as jail’s virus cases mount

The sheriff writes a letter from the Montgomery County Jail to the staff around the 18th.

To All Jail Staff,

We wanted to give an update to all the jail staff about COVID-19 inside of the Montgomery County Jail. As you all are aware, we now have eight inmates inside the jail who are positive with COVID-19. We currently have 15 cells that are either Isolated and/or quarantined. Two employees to date have tested positive and another employee is waiting on a test at this time. We are asking all jail staff to protect yourself and treat every inmate inside the jail like they are positive. Wear the protective equipment we provide to you. If you need additional personal protective equipment please do not hesitate to ask.

Today we had a phone conference with the Bureau of Adult Detention in reference to the difference between housing locations that are quarantined and housing location that are considered Isolation.

Isolation Cells: This is for a housing location in which inmate(s) have tested positive with the virus and those Inmates need to remain in that housing location until cleared by medical to be  lifted off isolation.

Quarantined Cells: These are housing locations where an inmate who tested positive had been at previously housed (within the last two days) but there are no Inmates who are displaying symptoms, however to be on the safe side they housing location has been quarantined for the safety of staff and inmates.

If a housing location Is quarantined and/or Isolated no Inmates should be placed into, those housing locations until the housing unit has been removed from the quarantined list. Also Do Not move inmates around the jail unnecessarily. This will help up control the spread of the virus.

The movement of inmates only pertains their housing locations, we will still move Inmates throughout the facility for court, professional visits, medical visit’s etc.

If an Inmate test positive for the virus, medical staff will notify the on duty sergeant who will then provide the inmate with an N95 mask. The on duty housing sergeant who will then be responsible for placing signage on the housing locations that are isolated and/or quarantined.

The jail sergeants are updating the Isolation/Quarantined cells on a regular-basis and

posting those on the pillar out in front of the booking sergeant’s office.  The jail sergeants will also be receiving the list of inmates who have tested positive or inmates who are waiting test results. If you would like to know who those Inmates are please ask your supervisor. Again, please consider everyone you come in contact with inside the jail like they may have the virus and take all necessary precautions.

All cells that are isolated and/or quarantined will be marked with an orange sign (See attachment for further details).

I have also attached the updated time line the Jail Division has been keeping  since this pandemic started and all the things we are doing to keep employees and inmates safe Inside our facility.

The Sheriff has also sent letters to all police agencies In Montgomery County asking those agencies only bring people to jail who need to be here. Captain Julie Stephens has reached out to Probation and Parole asking them to limit the number of people they bring In and also look at their list to get the Inmates who do not need to be here out of the jail. We have also reached out to all the judges in Montgomery County asking them to review their dockets and release anyone who doesn’t need to be In the jail.

If you have any questions, comments and/or suggestions please feel free to contact us.

Thanks

Jail Command Staff

Yet, the very most basic rule of “don’t move the coronavirus contaminated folks around” can’t be adhered to. This is because there isn’t adult leadership at the jail. Between them and Napth Care, their contracted health care provider, they are taking the Trump idea that if you do more tests you’ll have more cases. Or- if you do less tests, you’ll have less cases. Can we cure Cancer like that? If we just don’t test for it, will it go away.

I can’t provide numbers of cases, and positive test results because they are going up faster than I can write. Yesterday as many as 15 cells on the third floor quarantined with at least 1 confirmed case in 10 of them.

The next day, on the 19th another email- warning staff not to leak. It’s taken as a “we’re watching you” warning.

To All Jail Staff,

We have received a few complaints in reference to officer’s personal social media pages and the content that is being posted and/or shared on those pages. An administrative review of these complaints have not yielded any content which would violate Sheriff’s Office Policy at this time. However we would like to caution employees to be very careful of the contents you are posting on your social media outlets. Content you may think is perfectly ok maybe read differently by others who may have a different viewpoint that you do.

There are also groups who are stalking law enforcement officers on social media and looking for reasons to target you solely because of the career you chose. Please use common sense when posting, commenting and or sharing content on social media.

We have attached the G.O.M. 2.1 .5, section F talks about Social Media. We are not attempting to silence any of our employees we are just bringing it to your attention that we have received  complaints .

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Thanks

Jail Command Staff

It took me a bit to get the G.O.M. cited- or some part of it.

Internet, E-mail and Online Communications Policy        PSCAP 6.8.4

  • Internet e-mail and other online communications, such as instant messaging, online discussion forums, and social networking sites, can increase efficiency, productivity, accuracy, and accessibility. However, improper use of the Internet, e-mail, and other online communications can endanger the security of computers and software programs, as well as create a variety of risks and increased legal liabilities such as:
  • Exposure of the computer network to viruses and security breaches.
  • Misappropriation of resources
  • Disclosure of confidential information.
  • Violation of records retention requirements.
  • Harassment and discrimination.
  • Loss of productivity.
  • Unauthorized log-ins.
  • Unauthorized software downloads.

2.1.5.4

Are the complaints they are getting from people like Ellis Jacobs with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality Inc. in Dayton? Or from Daj’za Demmings, executive director of Dayton Young Black Professionals?

Because, last I checked, many of the inmates in the Montgomery County Jail are still innocent until proven guilty, and being given a dose of Covid-19 before a trial amounts to a miscarriage of justice.

Maybe the only solution is to ask the Sheriff and his family to live in the jail until this crisis is over or resign. No one elected him to be judge, jury and executioner- but he is supposed to run a safe jail. Maybe, if he had something to lose, he might decide to take this more seriously. I know some of his overworked Corrections Officers no longer feel safe there thanks to his inaction.

When I last ran for Dayton City Commission in Nov of 2019 my first issue was to have a safe jail (and this was pre-covid-19). Many people told me that it was a county issue, and I didn’t know what I was talking about. Unfortunately, a majority of the people in the jail are usually City of Dayton residents, and I don’t believe a visit to the jail should be a possible death sentence- or a macing while restrained.

If the Sheriff can’t move all the infected inmates either out of the jail, or keep them effectively quarantined, and routinely test everyone else, we need to have someone that can take over the jail, or more correctly, Streck’s House of Horror.

 

 

Rats abandoning Wright State’s sinking ship

Last week Craig Woolley was the hatchet man, going around giving people walking papers. He was the “Chief Information Officer” at Wright State, but didn’t know the difference between hiring an ad agency and hiring a media buyer. His head of marketing is more a web developer than an ad pro. If you need proof that creativity isn’t in their wheelhouse- look at campaigns that are still plays on “Wright/Right” and saying stupid things like “Wright Choice.” The schools in turmoil, and they think a billboard with tired puns is the answer.

Today, Esrati.com learned that “Craig Woolley has informed his staff and university leadership of his intention to leave Wright State University for a CIO position at Louisiana State University (LSU). His last day at Wright State will be July 31” according to Seth Bauguess, the Director Office of Communications.

thumbnail of Craig Woolley pay and promotion

Click on image to see PDF of Craig Woolley pay and promotion details

Wooley was paid $240,000 a year as of his last raise April 2018. Previous to that, he was overpaid with $185K base salary, with a $10K bouns with his CIO offer letter and a $7,500 per year car allowance which had totaled $202,500. His current pay had no bonus or car allowance. That deal was signed off by former President Cheryl Schrader, to Dr. Tom Sudkamp who was then the provost.

This is the part that kills me. Instead of hiring from within, someone brought this guy in from Florida- where he had absolutely no experience in marketing.

Craig Woolley, assistant vice president for University of South Florida Information Technology, has been named Wright State University’s chief information officer.

Woolley is expected to assume his post Jan. 5, 2015….

Woolley has 27 years of experience in managing higher education information technology and strong technological skills in many areas of IT, including workstation support, database design and server administration. In addition, he has a proven track record of building trusted relationships with faculty, staff, students and vendors.

As assistant vice president for University of South Florida Information Technology, Woolley oversaw a budget of $25.5 million and more than 135 employees. Prior to that, his positions at South Florida included director, user support services; director of computing, College of Arts and Sciences; and director, technology services and resources, College of Education.

Source: Wright State Newsroom – Craig Woolley named Wright State’s chief information officer « Wright State University

Five and a half years and out, with the university in a way worse state than it was when he came.

My conversations with Woolley in the past led me to believe he couldn’t tell you what ad agency did 1984 for Apple or who W+K was. If you said “Bogusky” to him, he’d probably think you’re talking about golf. (note, I own a local award winning ad agency and am a Wright State grad).

Word is that Woolley also fired 9 people from his own department. The “geniuses” that Cheryl Schrader hired to do the big strategic plan are gone- Mike Wiehe who was a straight political hack, is out. No one has compiled a complete list of terminated folks yet, but, with Greg Sample at the helm, there is no rudder. Sources say they also fired the people in career placement. I guess you don’t have to worry about students getting hired after graduating if the University won’t survive their “leadership.”

thumbnail of Greg Sample Pay and Promotion

Click on image to download PDF of Greg Samples pay and contracts for last 3 years

Greg Sample has done really well, despite being the engineer of the entire Double Bowler fiasco that helped sink the university to a $130M deficit. Paid $273,982.50 as COO & CEO DB Properties on 1/1/19 up from $249,075 on 10/1/18 Current WSU President Sue Edwards as one of her first acts, on Jan 14,2020 gave Greg the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in Office of the President effective Jan 1 at an annual salary of $301,308.80. For this bump, he takes over “reporting responsibility for Purchasing, Contracting, Athletics, Communications, VAP Public Affairs and the Director, Strategic Initiatives. The AVP Public Affairs (Bob Hickey) has informed the President they will be retiring at the end off the academic year and Greg will subsequently self-perform the majority of those duties as that position will be eliminated. Greg is relied upon to directly assist with both Board of Trustee and state government relations and is viewed as an executive level employee.”

Samples’s first major initiative was to start selling off the whole mess of Double Bowler and other far flung outposts after laying off a lot of people and consolidating colleges within the university. When looking for history on Sample and his qualifications for this position, there are few examples of life online. No Linkedin profile, and mostly references to either working for RG Properties (developers of Austin Landing) or Double Bowler. Before RG he was at GDAHA (Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association), the questionably legal trade association for local hospitals (price fixing and collusion)  before that, Sample was senior director with SBC Ohio, where he oversaw external and corporate affairs for western Ohio. He was also the mayor of Franklin at one time. Not the normal career path for a State University Chief Operating officer. Another local university president told me a story of how Sample came to him with a proposal for something like what he planned for Wright State before he got going on his path of destruction- he was laughed out of the office and told to go away.

Wright State still doesn’t have an effective positioning plan, unlike Clark State or Sinclair Community College which both seem to be well run and not seeing huge enrollment declines thanks to bad mis-management. Wright State just hired a long time enrollment management guy from UD- who was supposed to help Woolley with student recruiting, it looks like his first job will be to recruit a replacement for his former boss.

In the meantime, no one at the university is willing to sit and listen to a plan I’ve had since 2007 for repositioning Wright State for the future. But, you know the old bumper sticker “minds are like parachutes, they work better when open.”

The problem with the Dayton Police Department

Before you even begin with the problems of police, you have to start with the problem police are asked to solve- and what is it? Most would say “crime.” And that would be the end of the discussion, however “crime” comes in many different costumes, and generally, police come in one. It’s the old adage- if the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

The number one crime in Dayton is a combination of institutionalized racism, segregation and economic and political minimization of at least half the population. But, if you want to simplify it, it’s no longer even black and white- it’s just poverty. Poverty drives a sub-economy, empowers criminal behavior, and destroys social capital at a faster rate than we can police it.

There’s a quote from Mark Twain that I’ve never been able to escape: “Principles have no real force except when one is well fed.” And while most think he’s only talking about food- and food insecurity, I expand it to include intellectual and social capital- role models, ideas, access to information and even recreational opportunities. Mind, Body, Soul.

But, on to police.

The Mayor has a five point plan. The NAACP has a 8 point plan. Black Lives Matter Dayton has a 10 point plan and new groups are pooping out of the woodwork with others:
Demands for Dayton Police Reform

  1. Ban no-knock warrants and use of chokeholds
  2. Eliminate pretext traffic stops and sniff and smell stops
  3. Dismantle the shot-spotter program
  4. Reimplement residency rule for newly hired police officers
  5. Reestablish the five districts police model
  6. Demilitarize the police
  7. Establish limitations on qualified immunity and Police bill of rights
  8. Reorganize the police department
  9. Establish reparations program
  10. Institute online customer satisfaction survey for public comments

Some seem to think that the key is diversifying the force. Dayton entered into a “consent decree” to fix the departments abhorrent track record on minority hiring over 25 years ago and we’re still a lily white department. Last year, during the Oregon District massacre, the Department earned itself a lot of love from the community, even though the department is still the same broken mess it’s been forever. Reality is- once they become cops- they mostly turn blue, no matter what their amount of melanin in their skin.

The crazy thing is, somehow, Nan’s idol, Mayor Bill de Blasio, has managed to do in 6 years in NYC what Dayton hasn’t been able to do at all:

Since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014, the Police Department has become “majority-minority”: White officers now make up less than half of the 36,000 uniformed members of the force. The number of Hispanic officers has grown to make up 29 percent of the force, while the percentage of Asian officers in the force doubled to 9 percent, according to the department’s data. (In the 2010 census, about 29 percent of city residents were Hispanic and 14 percent Asian.)

But the department has struggled to boost the ranks of black officers. Black people make up about 24 percent of the city but only 15 percent of the force, a number that has remained flat since 2014. And even though more black and Hispanic chiefs have been elevated to leadership roles under Mr. de Blasio, two-thirds of the officers in the department’s top ranks, from lieutenant to chief, are still white, the data show.

Source: How Black N.Y.P.D. Officers Really Feel About the Floyd Protesters – The New York Times

Dayton voters (or the chumps at the Board of Elections who probably cook the election results) have never selected me to serve, but, I’ve laid out the fundamental failures of our police force hiring process forever. Throwing away the stupid civil service tests isn’t enough, Dayton has to stop running our own police academy where the inbreeding of bad culture ferments in the our own petri dish. (While the normal excuse for the stench down there around Guthrie Road is the Water Treatment Plant, the police academy could be equally to blame.)

Every other department in the State accepts lateral hires from other departments, every other department accepts graduates of the State’s own police training academy. Dayton’s hillbilly mafia in charge of the department closes ranks and circles the wagons by insisting on teaching policing their own special way. It’s expensive. It’s proven to exclude minorities, and ending it is the first step toward change. Unless we start teaching people for every department in the county as well as providing continuing education and training, much like we do for the bicycle patrol program, this is the major stumbling block to progress.

Cycle forward to the events of the last few weeks where peaceful protesters were met with the riot gear clad antagonists who thought it was OK to tear gas and shoot at citizens exercising their constitutional rights of protest. While the Mayor and the NAACP talk about their plans, there should have been action: whoever gave the order to attack our citizens should have been fired.

The right approach was to deescalate the tension by admitting the protesters were entirely correct in their protests. George Floyd should have never been arrested in the first place, a ticket would have sufficed. And no one kneels on anyone’s neck ever. The cops should have been marching alongside the protesters- but that requires actually believing in “To serve and protect.”

Some have said that the cops that met the protesters weren’t all from Dayton. Well, here you have the other problem. We’ve got too many chiefs, too many departments and some of them, don’t report to anyone we elect. It’s time to eliminate the private police forces of the University of Dayton, Premier Health, Kettering Health, Sinclair Community College, MetroParks, Wright State, etc. When you throw in the Keystone cops of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office on top of all the rest- you have a chain of command and communications coordination nightmare. And while former Sheriff Phil Plummer once said “if you’re not happy, don’t re-elect me” the reality is, much like judges, the Sheriff’s office almost always is unopposed thank’s to the political monarchy of Montgomery County (where the political party chiefs do deals to get their friends and family re-elected.)

There are some things we know, but we don’t do. When Miami Valley Hospital wanted to protect their investment – they provided my neighborhood with a “community based police officer” and along with that came a social worker. The social worker lasted about 3 years, the CBP officer almost 20. Having an officer that’s connected to the community makes all the difference in the world- having a social worker to work on things like domestic violence calls, drug issues and child endangerment and voila- things change.

Oakwood has another innovative solution- in that all their public safety officers are three in one solutions. Paramedic, Firefighter and Police. It’s a lot more expensive to train and retain, but, it means a first responder is almost always the right responder. This isn’t a realistic solution for Dayton, but it is a way to make sure your police don’t get overly caught up in being a paramilitary response team. Changing mindsets of officers about how they are to serve the public is a challenge. Sometimes outside the box solutions like Oakwoods make a difference.

While changing rules about engagement, deadly force, choke holds, and pushing de-escalation techniques is well and nice, all those things have been in our toolbox for years and haven’t really changed anything. Take away the military surplus and they still have more firepower than should be necessary.

What is missing is a nationwide database of defective cops. Much like the “Do not fly lists” and “don’t sell Hannibal Lecter a gun” lists, we need a way to stop bad cops from jumping from department to department, like the loser who shot 12 year old Tamir Rice on a Cleveland playground.

Also missing is clear rules about citizens and cameras. Any cop who tells a citizen to stop filming, who blocks the view, who threatens to arrest, or tells them it’s illegal should be fired and banned from police work. This should even apply to loser rent-a-cops at a local library.

The final part of the problem is “qualified immunity” which is used as an excuse for all kinds of bad behavior by public officials. Somehow, citizens are often forced to pay for challenges to this doctrine. This applies to everything from Sunshine law violations to use of force and flat out corruption. While we have whistle blower laws in place, often times it’s almost impossible to find a lawyer in a city who is willing to go after the local government due to conflicts of interest or just flat out fear. It’s time to stop electing county coroners and engineers and clerks of courts, and instead elect a chief ethics officer to serve as an ombudsman/public protector who is willing to go after police or prosecutors or politicians (the three P’s) who aren’t following the law. It should be a non-partisan office, with a set budget and a team of independent prosecutors who work to make sure that the “culture of corruption” has an enemy.

And one last thing, while a lot of people are complaining about the fireworks every night, I’ve not seen anyone suggest some of this is to just throw off the “Shot Spotter” tools the police recently invested in for North and West Dayton. It’s probably got the algorithms as confused as all get out.

There are lots of other issues to address when it comes to police practices, but, if you really want to slow crime, the best possible solution is probably instituting Andrew Yang’s Universal Basic Income proposal. A little prosperity does wonders to keep the police away.

 

 

 

 

Sheriff Streck hits the panic button

thumbnail of MC Chief of Police letter COVID 6.10.20 (1)

PDF of letter Sheriff Streck Sent Click image to download PDF

Unfortunately, the actual message that went out hasn’t been delivered to me, despite a clear public records request. (received Jun 22, 2020 at 15:27)

Sheriff Streck who is running for his first election, unopposed, is worried that he may harm his image by letting the public know that the Montgomery County Jail is no longer taking prisoners unless they are violent/dangerous or felony charges.. He’s sent out a message asking for courts to re-examine their holds, and to try to empty things out. He’s also in total denial, taking the Trump/Pence approach- to not test everyone, every day, because knowledge is dangerous.

Now with at least 17 cells in lock down, 7 Covid-19 confirmed inmates and the corrections officer force also reporting some infections, he’s reached out to the National Guard just in case he no longer has enough healthy staff to man the jail (current staffing is already threadbare and overworked).

Of course, it will continue to get worse because jails are human petri dishes for infection.

Streck should have instituted daily testing at the first confirmed case, and immediately moved to remove the infected prisoners to a separate isolated facility. Now, the whole jail is about to become a lawsuit breeding ground. Too bad voters don’t have a choice to replace our feckless sheriff in November- but, maybe, Covid will do take care of him for us, as he may have to work in the hell-hole he helped create.

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