Community Corrections Part 3

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Booksie Classic
Do I really want to get back into this nasty business?

Submitted: October 22, 2014

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Submitted: October 22, 2014

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Community Corrections Part 3

 

I just got a call from a Halfway House near my apartment.  I was asleep to work my graveyard shift tonight, but will call back today after work.  Driving in I began to wonder "Do I really want to get back into this business?"  This may sound like a bad Country Music song but "I ain't forgotten why I've been gone." 

 

I had multiple legitimare reasons for resigning from the first halfway house.  After nearly 4 years of faithful service and taking more than my share of "Guff" I'd had enough.  I was unjustly written up by Mr. G and given 6 months probation, costing me my bonus and the raise I'd have gotten after completing the full 4 years.  I was stuck on a terrible schedule.  The schedule changed every month, making it difficult to make plans and giving Mr. G WAY too much power.  No option to advance into Case Management (I applied and was rejected 3 times.)  Getting "ragged out" by Mr. G.  Dreading checking my voicemail.  No computers.  Being unable to check my email from work.  Having to write all paperwork legibly by hand in a fast paced environment. Often needing a read off to prep the count sheet and doing difficult counts.  The facility was chronically understaffed ie: one Technician calls in sick, has a family emergency, car trouble, or anything else and it seriously messed everything up. Repeatedly having to train and work with new staff, some of whom turned out to be corrupt.  Staff meetings and "training" amounting to the same thing again and again.  Having to do medication audits; literally counting multiple industrial sized bottles full of pills.  Having to do a breathalizer/UA audit and being blamed if the inmates did not recieve their minimum numbers.The fact that loyalty and seniority mean nothing there, the owner Mr. G and Mrs. H just do whatever they want.  The longer you stay the worse your treated.  Every time we'd get fully staffed Mr. G would start messing with employees, causing them to quit.  And above and beyond all else instead of dealing with these ongoing issues Mr. G would literally "dump" the responsibility and blame onto someone else. 

 

The situation reminded me of that old musical "Annie."  Every Friday Mr. G would go on his "Inspection Rampage" looking for the slightest thing wrong and giving the inmate the maximum sanction for a minor violation, a 5x5 (five days restriction and 5 extra chore hours)  Then he'd go home for the weekend, leaving the staff stuck with all these inmates who can't sign out for leisure, watch TV or play board games because they did not pass inspection.Mr. G used the schedule as a weapon against staff and the inspections as a weapon against the inmates.  Talk about "The Hard Knock Life"! 

 

But as bad as the first halfway house was, the second turned out to be far worse.  To find out what happened, turn the page.

 

To be continued..............


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