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To: Patrick Crusade
Sent: Saturday, March 12, 2005 11:24 AM
Subject: [patrickcrusade] Alabama - Warden' memo puts him on leave

 By the way, Donaldson Prison is where Patrick Swiney is currently housed.  Warden Bullard is incorrect when he says, "...hopefully it will resolve itself."  These issues are not going to correct themselves.  The public will have to be the catalyst for correcting this whenever the Public begins to realize that these issues actually affect them too.  Why the public?  Because the department of corrections isn't going to move on its own, even though that's what we citizens are paying them to do.  Overcrowding is a serious issue.  Many people are eligible for parole.  Many people are innocent.  How many years do we citizens need to continue telling the authorities these things?  They continue to turn a blind eye, despite their political promises.  Words are cheap and we are seeing the results of their empty words.  Will they heed the warden's warnings below?  Naw.....they'll wait until more people die...they'll wait until YOU start getting sick of this and begin to take action. 

Please read on... 

Warden's memo puts him on leave 

Saturday, March 12, 2005 CARLA CROWDER News staff writer
Days before being placed on mandatory leave, Donaldson Correctional Facility Warden Stephen Bullard sent out a memo warning of "catastrophic circumstances" at the prison. 

"I am concerned that it is going to take a lawsuit, riot, death or serious injury for anyone to take this crisis seriously," Bullard wrote in the March 1 memo to Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Donal Campbell. 

The warden's concerns focused on correctional officers, who have been forced to work overtime, sometimes 32 hours per week. The staff shortage took a toll on him, as well, affecting his health, patience and tolerance, he wrote. 

On March 4, Bullard was informed that Campbell had placed him on a mandatory 10-business-day leave, which could be extended. 

Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett said that, because the leave is an administrative matter, he could not comment on the reasons for it. 

Campbell has acknowledged the staffing shortages and crowding at Donaldson. He approved a 5 percent pay differential for Donaldson officers in an attempt to recruit more to the ranks. 

Bullard used stronger language, however, and said the state was taking advantage of employees. 

"It is also my opinion that should an employee be injured or even sue for harassment on unfair ... employment practices the department would have no legal standing to defend these charges," he wrote. 

With space for about 1,000 prisoners, Donaldson houses 1,625, crowding that has overloaded the prison's sewage system. It houses many mentally ill inmates and some of the people on Death Row. 

Bullard said in an interview that he has asked many times to be transferred to another prison but was turned down. 

"Donaldson is considered by most in the department to be the most stressful institution in the state," he said. "I've paid my dues. I've been there for five years, and it's somebody else's turn." 

Most recently, officers are refusing to work mandatory overtime, calling in sick and requesting counseling and medication. It's become difficult for him to force overtime, he wrote in the memo. 

Still, Bullard said that these are conditions he's spoken about in the past. And it's never resulted in forced leave, which he did not want to take. "I'm very, very confused. I don't understand the tactic that is being used, and hopefully it will resolve itself," he said

Other References to Donaldson Prison

http://www.patrickcrusade.org/PRISON_GUARD_FUNDING.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Please sign the Petition on Prisoner Abuse & Pass it on to others...
http://www.petitiononline.com/swiney12/petition.html~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Blessings,
Sherry Swiney
Director, P.A.T.R.I.C.K. Crusade
"People Aligned To Replace Injustice & Cruelty with Knowledge"

Source: http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/news/1110622665107950.xml

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