Massachusetts Cop Forum banner

Status
Not open for further replies.
1 - 12 of 12 Posts

·
Administrator
Joined
·
8,417 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
State eyes new classification for prisoners, more officers.
By Amy Lambiaso, State House News Service - March 02, 2005


The state is planning major changes to its corrections system that could mean hundreds of new corrections officers, a new classification system for inmates, and an independent inspector general to oversee operations, Public Safety Secretary Edward Flynn said yesterday.

Flynn said the appointed advisory council formed last year to implement recommendations to the corrections system is prepared to propose sweeping changes this year that focus on improving the ''negative aspects of the internal climate" in prisons and jails in Massachusetts.

''Overwhelmingly, the majority of the recommendations you're going to see movement on," he said in an interview. The council, headed by former attorney general Scott Harshbarger, must submit a report by September.

The Governor's Commission on Corrections Reform highlighted the system's shortcomings, punctuated by the August 2003 murder of defrocked priest John Geoghan, Flynn said. Most significantly, the report recognized staffing shortages and classification problems that resulted in insufficient oversight and procedural flaws.

Flynn said the administration intends to roll out a new classification system for inmates within the next few months. According to the commission's report, Geoghan, a Level 4 prisoner, should not have been transferred to Souza-Baranowski, the Level 6 higher security facility where he was killed. The classification appeals process ''was flawed in its lack of objectivity and thoroughness," the report said.

The recommendations also call for the hiring of an independent inspector general to oversee management of the system and any transfer of inmates, and conduct internal auditing of the facilities. The state is also looking to hire ''a couple hundred" more corrections officers during the next few years.

''Any time anything happens in corrections, people assume it's because of a lack of officers," Flynn said. In actuality, he said, Massachusetts has the second best ratio of staff-to-inmates in the nation, although the total number of officers is less than it was five years ago.

According to a report released Monday by the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, the state increased its spending on corrections by 23 percent between 1994 and 2003, while the number of inmates declined by 7 percent from 10,644 to 9,886 during that time period. The result has been higher-paid officers and a 1:2 ratio of staff-to-inmates, the report said.

Asked why the state plans to add officers given the staffing ratio, Flynn's spokeswoman, Katie Ford, said that in part, the state needed to fill open positions that are ''critical to the operations at DOC."
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
159 Posts
Re: State: New Classification For Prisoners & More Offic

I would like to see the how they get the numbers for the one officer to two inmates. They keep saying this and I work inside don't see it that way.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,103 Posts
Re: State: New Classification For Prisoners & More Offic

These numbers might match up if you include every employee that works within an institution. They must be including the Superintendent, secretaries, Directors of this and that, nurses, Recreation officers, Industrial officers and all other Admin. Which are positions that do not provide "hands on" security of the institution. Where does the Super and his cronies do when there is a code? They don't go running to the yard, thats not their job. That's why this report is a joke. Furthermore, it may look good on paper that MCI-WallyWorld has over 200 correction officers but they are, obviously, not all working at the same time.
 

·
Subscribing Member
Joined
·
1,167 Posts
Re: State: New Classification For Prisoners & More Offic

The 1-2 ratio is really, just outright hillarious. Any housing officers here that have a 1-2 ratio on their block? Ummm, nope, didn't think so. I'm a county guy, so I can't really speak on the how the state runs, but I assume it's just like our place, an upsidedown triangle. All the officers who work with inmates at the small point at the bottom, and the big bloated management at the top. 1-2! Sure, what a joke!
 

·
Subscribing Member
Joined
·
308 Posts
Re: State: New Classification For Prisoners & More Offic

1 to 2 ratio yea right. I remember working at South Bay in the lovely 3-2 unit 154 cons with 2 CO's and 1 Sgt. working the block. I have a couple of friends that are state CO's and they are completely disgusted with the new commissioner. Anyway I hope MCOFU keeps fighting and none of their guys get hurt while dealing with this out of touch Boss.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
208 Posts
Anyway isnt it true that the only reason they are having another Corrections Officer test this year is because they couldn't get enough qualified applicants last year? If this is the case they had better increase the starting pay by alot amongst other things, that seems to be the only way to increase your applicant pool.
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
8,417 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
DVET1979";p="58325 said:
Anyway isn't it true that the only reason they are having another Corrections Officer test
this year is because they couldn't get enough qualified applicants last year?
I think you are on target DVET.
From what I gather from some of the State guys here, a lot of
candidates flunk on the urinalysis and also on the PAT.
I also heard on another LE board (unconfirmed), they have less than 400
applicants signed up to take the MA DOC CO Exam in 2 weeks....
If that is at all true, that doesn't lend itself to a wealth of available talent.
(Present company excluded of course...) :wink:
Especially if the State is Looking to Augment the Current Force With Several Hundred Recruits. I smell another exam (bye bye $65.00) in a year or so.
:roll:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
32 Posts
Re: State: New Classification For Prisoners & More Offic

Okay ladies and gents it's time for some answers. As confirmed today through the DOC headquarters. The last test is almost depleted 78 in the academy 1st week of ten. The DOC has approximately 1500 signed up for the next test. 3rd. The state is going to try and run 2 test ayear to keep interest.

good luck everyone and if you want some advice. start running and not junking. everyone is failing the drug test. They take your hair so good luck
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
8,417 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
BOSSMAN";p="58370 said:
The DOC has approximately 1500 signed up for the next test... ....The state is going to try and run 2 tests a year to keep interest.
BOSSMAN - if that is the case, and you do happen to fail the PAT on the first go around, can take the next exam, and if you score high enough, start the process all over again? Will your prior failing of the PAT be held against you in the next round of testing?
DVET1979";p="58370 said:
What exactly are the PAT requirments for Corrections Officer's?
DVET - From the DOC List of Policies:
MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION SELECTION AND HIRING POLICY
MALE
AGE SIT UPS PUSH UPS RUN
19 ½-29 38 REPS 29 REPS 12:51
30-39 35 REPS 24 REPS 13:36
40-49 29 REPS 18 REPS 14:29
50-50+ 24 REPS 13 REPS 15:26
FEMALE
AGE SIT UPS PUSH UPS RUN
19 ½-29 32 REPS 23 REPS 15:26
30-39 25 REPS 19 REPS 15:57
40-49 20 REPS 13 REPS 16:58
50-50+ 14 REPS 12 REPS 17:55
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
97 Posts
Re: State: New Classification For Prisoners & More Offic

KozmoKramer,

If I may, I'll throw my 2 cents in to your question. Bossman my friend. please feel free to add. Yes the DOC for now plans on running a test twice a year. It will be kind of like an accumulative exam. Sounds more like a moneymaker to me. Please read the first statement on the exam website, right after the shaded box.

It states: This examination is being held to add names to the eligible list from which to fill vacancies in this classification in the Massachusetts Department of Correction.
Applicants who pass this exam will be added to the list established on August 30, 2004, according to mark received on the exam.

EX: if you took the last test, you can take this upcoming test and your score will be that. Say you do better and get an 85, your score will be 85 once the test is certified. If you score less, say 75 your score will be 75. Also, I believe if you took the PAT under the last test and failed and you take the new test I you do get another shot at the PAT providing they get to you again. You did pay for it so you should get another shot at it.

The DOC is saying that 1,500 people signed up for the next test. All of their scores will be added to the last test.

EX: if you scored a 75 on the last test and were getting close to the hiring process, every one that takes the new test and scores higher will be considered before you! You will stay on the list with whatever score you had.

Has anyone ever heard of anything like this before, in any civil service test? I know the DOC about 5 years ago did give an "emergency test" to hire. But that was after they exhausted the last list. I don't think 2 tests a year will help the hiring process. It will just wear good people out.
 
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top