It has been reported that the FAA official in charge of operating the air traffic control system for the six near misses where air controllers had fallen asleep had resigned. Although understandable why such an official would resign this reminds me of the atrocious track record the director for the Arizona prisons has regarding the preservation of life and staff safety inside his state prisons. It has been rumored that the only reason he has survived so long is his alleged relationship to State Senator Russell Pearce and the two closest advisors to the governor’s office.
Certainly the ADOC Director has admitted his staff has fallen asleep at the wheel more than enough times to warrant his resignation. Gleaning his record as he took control of his 1 billion dollar incarceration machine, there are numerous critical incidents that warranted his resignation as there were needless deaths and too many employees getting hurt on the job under his blind eyed watch. Naming just a few such as the Marcia Powell death in the sun, the Kingman escape that resulted in two homicides by the escapees, several attempted escapes from state prisons and numerous “walkaways” from work details. Added to these failures is a long list of suicides and homicides inside his prison, compounded by staff assault numbers that show no control on the yards to manage inmate behaviors, its time for a change.
Looking at the website of the prison boss, www.azcorrections.gov you will find a list of inmate deaths that appear to have no end in sight. The list grows daily and no rationale is offered to explain these sudden deaths inside Arizona’s prisons. It could be that Arizona’s citizens are tolerating such events because they think that being tough on prisoners is tough on crime. The fact remains, these prisoners are sentenced to prison as their crime and should not have to endure draconic conditions of confinement while incarcerated. Arizona has certainly one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation, while other states are reducing their prison population. What is different is that Arizona has decided to make prisons a staple of their diet to maintain state budget revenue on the back of prisoners housed inside private prisons that are not very secure. To glean such a fact, look closely at the Kingman prison and then look closely at the events inside Arizona state prisons s they are experiencing the same human errors daily that facilitate weak security procedures and endanger the general public.
The agency’s deputy director posted a response on a website www.thunderrolls.net to address the severe number of staff assaults with the comment that “It is early days in our efforts to regain control of the security of the yards and we are working through the resultant operational issues.” The issue at hand was collapsing of essential posts that left staff without back up on the open yards, a practice that is still not being followed by many officials who are rogue in the manner they follow policies just like the way the other above mentioned critical incidents developed and eventually created unsuccessful systems in place allowing mass and serious failures.
Isn’t this the same as falling asleep on the job?