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Monday, June 20, 2011

Conservative blogger blames Otter for Idaho prison woes



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Bill Turner says "taxpayers should be furious" about troubles at the Idaho Department of Correction, including a civil rights lawsuit over the management of a private prison, double-billing by an IT vendor and the hiring of a former Otter staffer as a top manager.
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In a posting titled, "Department of Corrections needs correcting," Turner urges readers to call Gov. Butch Otter and complain. Turner calls himself a "gonzo journalist" and writes as "Boise Conservative Examiner" for Examiner.com.
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"Idaho taxpayers should be furious over this," writes Turner. "Idaho teachers, who are underpaid and being let go at an alarming rate should be even more outraged as the education budget was raided this past legislative session. Could those millions of wasted dollars helped ease the tax burden in Idaho? Could it have been used as tax breaks to bring business and jobs to Idaho?"

Otter spokesman Jon Hanian declined comment.
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Turner cites the recent hiring of Josh Tewalt as deputy director of the Bureau of Prisons, writing, "Mr. Tewalt has been arrested three times for Driving Under the Influence. He is thirty one years old and has no college education. Aside from being familiar with how the grey bar hotel works, from having seen the inside of a cell, Tewalt has no education, training or background in corrections. It appears that Mr. Tewalt’s only qualifications are being associated with Governor Butch Otter and former Governor Kempthorne. Wow. Nice work if you can get it."
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Turner also cites problems with a multi-million-dollar inmate tracking system plagued by delays and what the department alleges was double-billing by its hand-picked contractor.
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Writes Turner: "(O)ne can conclude that the problems that have befallen Idaho’s prison system are systemic and start in the Governors office."
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Read More:
http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2011/06/16/idahopolitics/conservative_blogger_blasts_otter_idaho_prison_woes

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2 comments:

  1. There is something deaper going on here. They have shut down a facility outside of ICC and sending inmates to ICC for the 'supposed' training programs in the PIE. However these other facilities were Ada County from my understanding. More county jobs lost as well??? They cry over overcrowded conditions at ICC, want to build bigger. Is Ada County turning it all over to this Violating facility to profite more and who can't even hire Professional Counselors to provide the Programs for releases. Stock holders? I also noted that ICC changed their website recently. There are some serious changes happening behind closed doors. I hope these news reports keep on top of this for exposure and dig.

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  2. I have been in and out of the system since 1991, lost 2 homes, and most recently sent to the CAPP for a Dui conviction... all stemming from a first offense robbery conviction in 1991, for which I was given an indeterminate life sentence. the system is corrupt and abusive. to learn more ck out dangerousprograms.blogspot.com , where I tell of being sent to the hole for 2 weeks for needing to urinate..really.

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