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I am glad that you
acknowledge that if you reported negative reports of what is
happening in the public sector you would "flood this board"
I have no problem with you
reporting what is happening in the private sector. I worked
in the industry for 42 years and know it well.
However, many of the investors on this board have little
on no experience with prisons. They are investing to
Some become paniced when they see
negative reports about the company they invest in. Not
having an awareness of what is happening in the public
sector they have nothing to compare the negative report
of a private prison to. Consequently, there is a
tendency to think the private sector is "quickly going to
hell in hand basket" and begin dumping their shares
which drives the price down. This just makes the unions
Mcprison, you and I both know that what is happening in the
privatge sector is also happening in the public sector.
Prisons are prisons regarding who is operating them. They
all have inmates. Inmates are not boy scouts, they
are criminals. Criminals who get locked up join gangs
or ethic groups for protection and power. Belongings
to these groups demands that they pay their dues to
the group. Unfortuately, the dues they have to pay is
to war with the other groups and staff. This creates
negative news. In addition to that, some staff members are
unethical and their behavior creates negative news.
Mcprison, you and I both know that the biggest sorce of
drugs in the public prisons comes from staff members
smuggling it into the inmates.
Just to be fair to
those who follow this board, CXW board, and CRN board,
I think that for every negative post you make
regarding the private sector you post one of the many
negative things that happen daily in public sector. That
way the investors, Corporate staff, stock analyst and
employees of both the private and public sectors who read
these boards can have something to make comparions
with. Sounds fair to me.
Mcprison, you and I
both know that what you have been reporting is quite
common in both sectors.
By the way, about three
times in past posts I have asked are indicted you are a
public prison union memeber. You have never denied it.
Let me ask again.
Bless you. Keep up reporting
things on both sides of the fence. In that way the
investors reading this board can put things into
perspective and come to a more objective decision about how
to handle their stock.
To answer your question, no I am
The Associated Press State & Local
December 14, 2000, Thursday, BC cycle
6:29 AM Eastern Time
SECTION: State and
LENGTH: 688 words
inmates escape from South Texas prison
Seven heavily armed
inmates who raided a guard tower at a South Texas prison
their escape were sought Thursday by search teams using
tracking dogs to scour area
a cache of weapons and ammunition stolen from the
tower, the inmates took
two guards hostage at the
back gate of the Connally Unit and tied them up before
The prison is about two miles south of
Kenedy, about 50 miles southeast of San Antonio.
About 200 correctional officers - some with tracking
dogs, some on horseback -
searched nearby fields for
the seven inmates, including two San Antonio-area
murderers believed to be armed with 14 .357 Magnum pistols
with 238 rounds of
isn't going too well yet," Maj. William Daniels said
early Thursday. "We're
searching through hundreds of
acres. The officers have been out there all night."
He said the search was earlier assisted by
helicopters from the Texas Department of
Larry Todd, a spokesman for the Texas Department of
Criminal Justice, said the inmates
took 11 employees
and three other inmates at the prison hostage in the
Two employees were hospitalized in
Beeville late Wednesday with head injuries that
The inmates, who had
worked as trusties in the shop inside the prison, made
in a stolen pickup about 2 p.m
Wednesday. The white pickup was found at a Wal-Mart
Kenedy later in the day.
"We think this is a
well-planned and well-executed escape that may have been
consideration by some of the inmates for several weeks," Todd
The agency identified the escaped
convicts as Joseph Garcia, Michael Rodriguez,
Halprin, Donald Newbury, Larry Harper, George Rivas and
Patrick Murphy Jr. Garcia, 29,
was serving 50 years
for murder in the San Antonio area and Rodriguez, 38,
was serving a
life sentence for capital murder,
also out of Bexar County.
The other employees
working in the maintenance shop with the inmates suffered
injuries and were treated and released. They were
questioned by internal affairs officers to
in the search.
The inmates, dressed in civilian clothing stolen
from the workers, were able to surprise the
near the back gate.
Todd said there had been
no reports of stolen vehicles or sightings of the
"We're still checking for not only all of
our vehicles at the unit, but employee vehicles,"
said. The inmates mixed other vehicle keys in a pile to
hamper efforts to follow them, Todd
Connally Unit has been locked down as Karnes County
deputies, Department of Public
Safety troopers and
prison system officers converged on the area.
Todd said five tracking teams were checking the fields
near the store. Texas Rangers were
roadblocks in and out of Karnes City.
All of the
escapees were convicted of violent offenses but had clean
enough records behind
bars to earn trusty status in
the maintenance shop, Todd said. Information released
the other escapees included:
-Rivas, 30, was
serving 99 years for aggravated kidnapping and burglary
out of El Paso
-Newbury, 38, was
serving 99 years for aggravated robbery with a deadly
weapon out of
was serving 30 years for child abuse out of Tarrant
-Harper, 37, was serving 50 years for
aggravated sexual assault out of El Paso County.
-Murphy, 39, was serving 50 years for aggravated sexual
assault with a deadly weapon and
burglary out of
The escape marks the
fourth time this year inmates have risen up at the unit:
In late April, eight prisoners assaulted three
officers, inflicting minor injuries. Then on June
inmate severely beat corrections officer Irene Fonseca
as she searched a cell.
Though no weapon was
used, a subsequent search turned up a homemade knife.
Less than a week later, corrections officer Scott
Jendrzey was stabbed six times by an
inmate carrying a
nine-inch metal rod that had been sharpened to a point. The
considered minor, prison officials said.