Opinion Piece By Linda Sutter – August 20, 2017 –
Earlier this week Governor Brown, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Director, and California Correctional Peace Officer President, Chuck Alexander, made it to Del Norte County in stealth mode. The reason for the secret visit was due to the several safety violations at Pelican Bay State Prison’s newest opening of D-SHU level 2 lifers program.
During the meeting with Governor Brown and the Union, Warden, Clark Ducart, was asked to leave the room so discussions could continue with the Governor, the Director, CCPOA PRESIDENT Chuck Alexander, and Pelican Bay Chapter president.
No post orders were available for the officers for the level two and soon to be level three inmates of the newly designed Security Housing Unit where the inmates will be housed. It should be noted when level 2’s and level 3’s are together, the institutions become more hostile and it is commonplace for riots to occur.
It should also be noted the current administration has worked at Pelican Bay for the last 28 years, at which time they dealt with primarily level 4 inmates. This new administration refused to sit with the union to hash out duties and responsibilities to the point where every Officer’s life was at stake because there was a lackadaisical attitude from the Warden and his supervisors.
Numerous safety violations affecting the safety and security of the Correctional Officers, the inmates, and other staff, as well as the institution. The safety violations were so egregious that the Governor was forced to order and develop a strike team to come to Pelican Bay and review all Post Orders making sure the institution is in compliance with all mandated policies, laws, and procedures.
The Strike team will be forthcoming in the next week to two weeks, to ensure adequate coverage of level 2 and level 3 inmates, as well as Post Orders are designed to assure safety and security of the institution, staff, and inmates.
No mention of this at all during the Prison Advisory Meeting held August 9th, at 3p.m..
Attempts were made to Contact Chuck Alexander in response to this matter and as of this date Mr. Alexander failed to respond.