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  •  Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes !!! (3+ / 0-)
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    marykk, Bob Sloan, oldpotsmuggler

    It's a huge win, alright.

    Treat yourself to an ice cream (as my 85 yo mother-in-law is fond of saying).

    Now get back to work.

    I'm so glad to see such spectacular results from all your hard work and dedication, I'm a little giddy right now.

    It's obvious to me that releasing your Study was a knockout punch. The timing was superb. The December BOP Commissioner meeting echoed many of the issues exposed in your Study. That's gotta feel good. Go ahead. Treat yourself to another ice cream.

    I haven't read through everything yet, but a few things caught my eye, some important, some not so much.

    There's no doubt that when a previous two-term Governor and two-term US Senator, Dick Bryan (D-NV), shows up to a BOP meeting, it's a very big deal. Although he spoke on behalf of his client, Excel Steel, and only addressed "item 8 on the agenda", his words where he "Respectfully suggests that more oversight over PI is required" were effective.

    They knew they had to come clean. Director Cox and his group are, indeed, the heroes of this win. All except for Brian Connett who seems to be a serial self-serving scammer of the Prison Industrial Complex. Send him packing, as you say.

    I'm hoping for an avalanche of other states seeing the scam for what it is. Yeah, I know. I'm a dreamer.

    Andre Agassi? Really? Interesting name-drop.

    In a few minutes on the Google machine, I see that he's been promoting and lobbying for what seems to be  ALEC-inspired legislation in support of charter schools and the wrongly-named school reform movement. There were some NV state bills he followed back in 2009, but that seems to have tapered off. Or he stopped bragging about his lobbying activities. This would have been helpful for the private charter school he founded in NV. Not saying his is good or bad, but it follows that he is a likely investor in other self-enriching right leaning endeavors.

    Hang in there, Bob. Damn fine work you're doing.

    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 01:18:05 AM PST

    •  Thanks GOG! Just staying at them in an effort (2+ / 0-)
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      GrumpyOldGeek, oldpotsmuggler

      of transparency.  In speaking with members of the interim finance committee on prison industrial programs, I found that they had no idea what the actual laws were - PIECP or Nevada statutes - governing prison industry operations.

      One member (a long time Teamster) did not know what PIE program was, and had no inkling that his committee was the one to choose up to three candidates to fill the seat of Deputy Director of Prison Industries when it became vacant.  They had been allowing the sitting NDOC Director to make those picks.  This is how a corrupt Howard Skolnik was able to insert Connett into the position before Skolnik retired rather than face indictments.  This allowed the corruption to go undetected and continue unabated.

      The Dec. BOP meeting was contentious, with an angry Governor, AG and Sec of State tearing into Cox and Connett.  The minutes reveals only a small amount of that anger and consternation exhibited by the higher state authorities.

      Two new industry changes are being considered: recycling industry and one that expands the prison industry at the women's unit in N. Las Vegas.  The women work for Jacob's Trading and JTC has threatened to cut back unless the state agrees to expand the facility so they can work the women on 3 shifts.  The other is a recycling industry to use inmates to recycle the state's abundance of trash.  This proposal is from a CA. company wanting to take over trash removal and recycling for the entire state of Nevada.  Because of the intense scrutiny now falling upon the prison industries, both have been put on hold and will only advance with the Governor's approval.

      So yes, a larger than expected win for us.  I have presented the Governor with an option regarding the Administrative Regulations (AR's) Cox and Connett are to recommend next suggestion is for Nevada to fully adopt the federal PIECP mandatory requirements as state law.  They are already in place, NV. is a PIECP certificate holder and adopting those regs and enforcing them would bring compliance as well as the ability to fully regulate the prison industries using established regulations that would benefit the state as well as the unemployed and competing businesses.

      Am returning next month to make that recommendation to the BoPC members.  Will write a diary on how that goes.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 07:46:50 AM PST

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      •  Contentious? Who could have known? (2+ / 0-)
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        Bob Sloan, oldpotsmuggler

        I can only imagine. "We're not in compliance with the law, Guv". Saying that in a public meeting is astonishing.

        For us, ignorance of the law is no excuse. For government employees, not so much, apparently. It's a sad situation when so many have no clue about their own duties of governance. But they've got a fox in the henhouse situation with Connett, so there's that.

        "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

        by GrumpyOldGeek on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 03:47:26 PM PST

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