Wednesday, June 06, 2007

New TYC rules make more kids eligible for release

Several new rules just took effect at the Texas Youth Commission that have received little attention and surprisingly no public comment since they were proposed in April. According to the Texas Register, Governor Perry's now-departed conservator at TYC, Jay Kimbrough, received no public input regarding several significant changes to the Administrative Code governing the youth prison agency.

For starters, the changes make it easier to release TYC kids even when they haven't completed various programs to which they've been assigned. It:
gives the Director of Treatment and Case Management the authority to grant waivers for certain youth who would otherwise be required to complete the chemical dependency treatment program, sexual behavior treatment program, or capital and serious violent offender treatment program in order to qualify for release on parole.
The new rule also reduces "the amount of time a youth must remain free of serious rule violations in order to be eligible for release on parole from 90 days to 30 days." FWIW I can guarantee you that change alone will dramatically increase the number of TYC youth eligible for release.

Another amendment gives TYC carte blanche to release kids into virtually any setting, giving:
the commission ... authority to release under supervision any child in its custody and place the child in his or her home or in any situation or family approved by the commission.
Finally, a new rule puts in place safeguards to ensure abuse investigations aren't prematurely closed or that supervisors don't ignore the results. The change:
requires that an officially closed report include: (1) the signatures of the supervisor who was responsible for making the final closure determination and the investigator who was the author of the investigation report; and (2) a statement by the supervisor if he/she disagrees with any portion of the report.
Often changes to the Administrative Code have as great an impact on criminal justice programming as changes in actual statutes, and IMO these are as significant for reducing overincarceration at TYC as anything the Legislature passed on the subject.

A lot more rulemaking must occur at TYC once SB 103 and other pending legislation becomes law, though the commissioner is the sole "decider" under the current structure - there's no longer a TYC board to have a traditional rulemaking process. A handful of other agencies like the Department of Insurance have a single commissioner who makes agency rules by him or herself, but that still makes the process pretty insular. It's astonishing in this case that with all the hoo-ha surrounding TYC this spring the agency received no public comments on the changes. That must be at least partially because the board had been disbanded.

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Anonymous said...

I am wondering how long we will have to wait until the state of Texas starts to feel the pains of letting all these youth home. As we saw on the nightly news last night, crime, especially violent crime, gangs are now increasing. What then, in two years are we going to put TYC on the hot seat again if all crimes increase in Texas? While I agree some youth need to be released, but remember everyone, most the youth that are going to TYC after this session will be even worse than before. What is going to happen when a murder or rape happens and it is a youth that did not progress in TYC but his time was over, who is going to be able to explain that to the victim's family so they will understand? As it looks, we have all but eliminated the rehabilitation aspect of TYC, so why do we have it? We have destroyed the chance we had to maybe change some youth, now we are just a juvenile version of TDCJ. As the violence climbs in the institutions, the turnover will rise, the injuries will rise, the moral will fall. It is a very sad for the state of Texas. All of this because the legislature would not own up to being informed of the abuse in WTSS two years ago, so they strong armed these changes and left many innocent victims in their wake. As I see it, Mr. Brookins and Mr. Hernandez's actions continue to victimize the youth committed to the Texas Youth Commission. How ironic will it be if these men get away with it, and we fired people with petty crimes or crimes committed years ago.

Anonymous said...

The staff who had direct knowledge of the abuse that occured at the West Teexas State School have not been held accountable by the law.

Mr. Dwight Harris, the previous Executive Director retired from his position with a full pension, so did Dr. Linda Reyes,Assistant Executive Director; but several staff were fired for crimes they committed in there youth; but since turned their lifes around. Most people do not want to work with youth, Lord knows it not the pay; but a sense wanting to help someone change there life!

Anonymous said...

Grits - Kimbrough has not been released from being consevator & is still running the show from wherever he is.

Anonymous said...

To 1:44...it's too bad Kimbrough didn't have your insight. I think you are right on all counts. A monster has been created in our juvenile justice system-- one that has just been born; and when this newborn mess reaches maturity, everyone in Texas will be affected, especially the future victims and John Q. Taxpayer.

Anonymous said...

As a staff with TYC it is going to be fun to watch all these youth going back to the community. You may want to lock up your kids and sharpen your shooting skills because these kids can't follow the rules of society, and they won't care about the rules when they are released. Too often the kids themseleves will tell you that they don't care, and will do what they want. Personally I feel that if the US Supreme Court spent any time at one of our facilities, they would never over turn Roe V. Wade becuase these kids the worlds biggest support for abortion. It is amazing to me that know that the lege is out there is no one around to feed into the overblown, BS hysteria that has been going on at TYC.....

Anonymous said...

To commenter at 8:30 p.m., I hope you are being dishonest about your being a member of staff at TYC, because you suggest that kids who are chosen to be released deserve to be shot, and that all the kids in TYC should have been aborted.

If you're not being dishonest with fellow Grits readers about your employ, maybe you are being dishonest with both yourself and everyone else at TYC if you claim to care about the children there. You have expressed a terrible, terrible sentiment not only as a "child care provider," but as a human being.

Are you a role model to children in practice and spirit, or in your own head, alone?

Anonymous said...

Whoa 8:30....chill please! While you're at it find a new profession. You're scaring me!!

Anonymous said...

Question, who is this Dimitria Pope lady who is suppose to be our next leader of the agency? Does she want to lead the agency or is she being placed in this position to distract the MSM from who knew what and when?

Anonymous said...

9:57...kindly tell me what MSM means.

Anonymous said...

Main Stream Media (MSM)

Anonymous said...

TYC has been gutted! It is a dieing agency. When the TYC system implodes under the current leadership the contract care companies will be there to save the day. This has been about money from day one! The current administration cannot be this stupid. I believe this is a very carefully planned operation to take TYC to a contract care system. Rick Perry has sold everything possible so why not TYC? Kimbrough is Rick Perry’s man and he will do what ever is asked of him. Kimbrough has been given a very high level job at TAMU as payment for his highly skilled work at TYC. When things don't seem right follow the money. Only contract care facilities could benefit from the current management model. I have never believed this was about the TYC children. It is about DOLLARS and nothing else. For the sake of your families and yourself, I think most current TYC employees should start looking for a new place of employment! You will not be allowed to help the TYC youth make the changes needed to turn their lives around. You will be in a very dangerous work environment. Think about where your family will be if you are injured on the job. TYC will not take care of you or your family; that is your job.

Anonymous said...

1:44...you nailed it! It's all about the money.

Gritsforbreakfast said...

@9:57 - Dimitria Pope is another TDCJ transer, a former parole officer who became director of research at TDJC and is now TYC's chief of staff. The TDCJ staff and advocates I've talked to who know both tend to respect her more than her boss Ed Owens, FWIW, though I've never met either person. She advised Whitmire, Madden et. al on the legislation this session (along with many others).

I hadn't heard the rumor she would be the new commissioner after Owens, but it wouldn't surprise me.

Anonymous said...

For those of us that work in TYC, we can tell you the storms have just started, and I am not talking about the weather. Youth are showing no respect for staff or each other. The kids in the halfway houses show no respect, we can see our facility going to crap fast. The boys have had fights and the acting supt has done nothing to them, I thought the cops were suppose to be called. She just watchs as the kids cuss us out and does not say a thing. At least our supt backed us up. And these are the kids we are releasing home, it is scary isn't it.

Anonymous said...

The characterization of the incidents of abuse at WTSS has never been accurate. When the events occurred it was all over the local media. Mr. Harrison asked us not to speak to anyone but the investigators, but encouraged us all to cooperate. Lydia Barnard came to the facility and apologized to us for hiring Brookins as Asst. Supt and putting him in charge. We all expected this to become a big media event, but it didn't. Seems like the incompetence at the time was with the MSM for not picking up on the story back then.

Dr. Reyes and Mr. Harris were hard working, intelligent people, who were part of a mistake. For a cover up to be a crime, there has to be a crime to cover up. Brookins and Hernandez have not yet been convicted, except in public opinion. There is a real possibility that they are actually innocent. The students at our facilities are not all monsters, but they're street smart, and they will do what they have to do to survive. This includes corraborating lies to get rid of staff they don't like, or to manuever early release. Let's hope the courts will do their job fairly and honestly.

TYC needs fixing, and I hope we will be able to fix it, but the reality is most of the delinquents are already on the streets. There are approximately 70,000 juvenile offenses a year in Texas, and TYC only took about 2 to 3% of those offenders. Our leaders are trying their best to do what the lege has mandated, but it is true that we need to rethink our whole juvenile justice system in the state.

Anonymous said...

You sound like someone from CO and not the field. While I agree that the system needs fixing, why are w still getting rid of great staff? Is that fixing the problem? Decisions are made by the folks up in CO without even getting any input from the field, the ones who deal with it day to day.

Anonymous said...

That's not true. Every reform group I have sat on has had field personnel present at the table, JCO's, case managers, and so forth. Superintendents are picking the folks that they want to represent them, so if you believe CO is not taking field input, you are absolutely uninformed.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a CO staff. I work at WTSS, but I've been to CO many times. They are a lot of nice people trying to do a job like the rest of us, and that includes Ms. Pope and Mr. Owens. I understand the feeling of isolation, but everyone in the agency has their own agendas, and when they don't get addressed we feel they aren't listening. They do listen, but they can't make everyone happy.

Anonymous said...

Yes people came to our facility and ellicited input from field staff, but I doubt that this leadership team will use that information in any meaningful way.

Maybe this is the biggest problem? TYC field staff right now doubt whether the leadership is even there for us. If I were in a leadership position and wanted to build a team, I would bring my staff into the fold, not accuse them of crimes and dastardly deeds without benefit of a fair hearing.

The future of TYC as an agency will be interesting, but I'm not sorry I will not be part of it as I have resigned my position this week.

almost outta here said...

new flash anon at 12:05pm...CO staff wonder right now whether leadership is there for us as well. We're not having any input into what's going on right now either.

Hell, as of today I don't even know who the leadership of the agency is. They haven't told us a thing about which of the TDCJ cronies are staying and which are going.

Does anyone know who's in charge?

communication proponent said...

Grits, in your post you say "It's astonishing in this case that with all the hoo-ha surrounding TYC this spring the agency received no public comments on the changes."

Considering that the appointed leadership implements major policy changes without even informing staff, it is no surprise to me.

They don't post the changes for public comment or send them out to news agencies, so how is the public to know about these changes to comment on them? And since they implement them before the policies are even written, what is the point anyway?

TYC employees don't even know who is in charge (and this includes staff at CO), no one is communicating anything to anyone.

I've gotten more information from this blog than from the MSM or the agency.

And in the end wasn't poor communication between staff and leadership at the root of the problems causing the agency to implode?

Anonymous said...

It kinda makes you wonder, "what are they covering up?"

Here's the other thing folks, those felons and people with past criminal backgrounds "ARE STILL" on the payroll. Go ask anyone of them. Not one of them has been fired for their past criminal convictions. Now, what do you make of that??? I know personally some of the very first ones that were let go, and they're still on the payroll. A couple have already landed non-state jobs and are laughing while wondering what the hell is going on? The only ones off the payroll are the ones they fired for management reasons.... Man I wanna be suspended!

Curious Outsider said...

I'm curious to know why nothing has been mentioned about the fact that at least one of the four recently suspended superintendents has been reinstated, because the allegations made turned out to be fabricated, but because of all the hooplala going on in TYC, had to be investigated. Also of note, the person that was fired at the same facility (and some might say the instigator in all the now proven false drama) is still and will continue to be fired.

What a waste of time and tax money

Gritsforbreakfast said...

Who was reinstated Curious? Do you have any more details?

Curious Outsider said...

Lisa Cooke, at McFadden Ranch.

I don't know the details, just that all allegations were unfounded and she is back to work.

Anonymous said...

What has really been brought out since all this started? The reported sexual abuse, with the exception of the case at the Half Way house in Ft Worth were already known about. They were investigated, but the investigators had no authority to file charges, or the DA of those counties would not take charges (ie Pyote/Monhanns) . As a TYC employee I am worn out because of the increase work load, the parinoid staff, and too many of the youth that run and call the hotline just because they want to get rid of staff by making false allegations. That is a common threat going on constantly. Staff know they no longer have support from anyone, and while there are some staff that don't need to be in this job, there are a lot more staff that do care, and are getting hurt because kids will jump a staff and beat them just because they can. I worked adult corrections for almost 20 years, and never in those 20 years have I seen the level of violence that these youth use on staff. Now they are being released into the community, and trust me, their release is not going to stop their violent behavior. I am in the process of looking for another job, because as much as I loved my job, it is just not worth working for an agency, or administrators who only care about the politics and press coverage, and not the welfare of the staff that work trying to keep these kids safe, and from beating each other and staff up.

Anonymous said...

I hear that 2 adminstrators in Central Office HR were fired today. Does anyone know anything about that?

Anonymous said...

reply to "Lisa Cooke" get OFF of the state computer and get your ass back to work...YOU are abusing state taxpayer money! YOU should be doing your job!

Anonymous said...

oh and as far as being "fabricated" yeah...okay! How much did Lisa Cooke have to pay to get reinstated? I heard that there were federal indictments coming to McFadden...so the story ain't over yet sweetheart!

Anonymous said...

9:24..I heard that too! I am willing to bet that if you got to vote somebody "back to McFadden" it sure wouldn't be Cooke! I know MANY people are sorry to see her back, it show's that there isn't justice, good people get fired and they reinstated her? INJUSTICE!

Anonymous said...

hey...isn't retaliation in the workplace a FEDERAL CRIME? I am pretty darn sure it is, geez? Who's gonna stay fired?

Anonymous said...

9:29, it is a federal crime, its punishable by up to 10 years in prison and i believe that each supervisor involved can be fined $15,000.( Doesn't anybody remember ENRON?) Thats a shame that you could hate somebody that bad to lose your freedom and your cash for..I don't know anybody that i would be willing to give anything up for!

Anonymous said...

I think its sad that nobody cares that Lisa Cooke of McFadden is back.It didn't even make the papers!Oh well, maybe they know something and aren't printing anything until the feds do their thing, just an idea.

Anonymous said...

Isn't McFadden that place everybody said was sicker than west texas?Oh well, they didn't remove those guys on the first try either

Anonymous said...

Lisa Cooke is one of the most hated superintendents! How did she get to come back before that poor lady that just used the fed-ex system improperly? That just doesn't seem right, doesn't anybody else find it strange that she was the one they made the big deal about suspending, and they bring her back?? To my knowledge nobody has ever been "reinstated" from this mess...maybe the state has been told to back off because of the feds coming in. This just seems off.

Anonymous said...

just saying that if I had my choice, I would have rather had the person that got fired at McFadden back, not Cooke.But I heard Ms.G is gonna get major $$$$$, so I guess they didn't get their way after all.

Not Cooke said...

9:22 and 9:24 and all the rest of the comments you've made pretending to be different people. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see it's you, repeatedly making comments trying to make it look like many various people all agree with you.

What's sad, is you probably believe all the babble that spews out of your mouth is the truth.

Anonymous said...

Cooke is the joke of McFadden!You should hear all the rumors flying around here of "HOW" she got her job back!LOL If she only knew how miserable we all are that she is back, she would have stayed gone!Watch, people will be quitting left and right!

Anonymous said...

not cooke....LOL! Take a secret poll of our workplace! WE ARE ALL ON HERE!!!!LOL Its funny to think that you thing she is so loved! WE ARE PISSED that they didn't fire her!ASK US!!!

Anonymous said...

yeah!!! Not Cooke, we know that you ARE a rocket scientist!!LOL It takes alot to attack a person, you must be really, really smart! You have it all figured out! All of the anonymous posts ARE from the same person!!!NOBODY posts here but ONE person!LOL!!!!! You are crazy, you really shouldn't be around kids.

Anonymous said...

10:08, leave NOT COOKE alone,if that's what they want to think thats okay, we know the truth, right?

Not Cooke said...

When I said you believe the babble you're spewing, I wasn't making any reference to the type of person Lisa Cooke is, or isn't.

I am making reference to you and the type of person you are, and you continue to prove my point.

Anonymous said...

9:52. I agree. It does seem strange that they would just give her back her job and not re-instate the fed-ex sup.

Anonymous said...

9:52 How do you know the fed-ex sup wasn't reinstated?

Anonymous said...

white you need to spend more time doing your job.

Anonymous said...

you can place blame with whomever you want for "drama at McFadden" but the truth is something bad happened there thats why 2 volunteers and a JCO IV got canned, how Cooke got out of it, thats the real question. Who did she sell out to come back?

Anonymous said...

Cooke had a tear jerker of a group today, it made me sick

Anonymous said...

yep! thats true 10:26, let them gloat all they want. It AIN'T OVER

Anonymous said...

I quit McFadden because of how unprofessional it is ran. I am glad I got out before all of this.

Anonymous said...

Not cooke, What kind of person are you refering to?

Anonymous said...

Not cooke, tell us who you are talking about? Have some guts, if you have a problem tell us

Not Cooke said...

What do you mean, who am I talking about?

Anonymous said...

and how about those new TYC rules...imagine what might happen if you all would communicate with each other at work as much as you do on this blog

Anonymous said...

I hope they ain't speaking on green, that woman has style and class and she went out like a fighter for what she believed in.She has my respect

Anonymous said...

yep, say something about her at McFadden and you will see where peoples loyalty lays.WITH HER!!

Anonymous said...

all i can say is karma is a bitch cooke, you will get yours.

Anonymous said...

I have never worked in such a bad environment as McFadden. It needs shut down

Anonymous said...

you thinking about putting your two weeks in too 11:04??

Anonymous said...

hell yes!I don't want to be here anymore.I have lost faith in humanity now that she is back.

Not Cooke said...

1. I don't now and never have worked for TYC.

2. With your attitude(s) (since you refuse to identify yourself, no one knows if you are just one person as it seems, or more than one, which I doubt) I feel sorry for your co-workers.

3. Your grammar skills are equivalent to an elementary school dropout. And for the record, "LOL" isn't the most appropriate way to convey a logical and well thought out statement.

4. I am done engaging you in a pointless conversation I should have known better than to start in the first place.

Anonymous said...

11:07, you need to call me, we need to talk.NOT ON HERE ANYMORE PEOPLE, we know that this blog has been taken over by Cooke vermin.

Anonymous said...

not cooke, YOU are the one attacking people on here. We all like each other. WHY don't you try and get along with your coworkers.

Anonymous said...

not cooke, what was your point? You seem very angry and unhappy.You seem like somebody not allowed to fondle mcfadden youth anymore.

Anonymous said...

11:22!!!!LOL!!!!!! oop's i am showing my stupidity again! LOL!!LOL!!! fuqgz

Anonymous said...

you are wrong for that 11:22!

Anonymous said...

but right on the money!LOL I guess i am showing my stupidness too

Anonymous said...

curious outsider, you know nothing of what you are speaking about.What they did to that person they fired was a CRIME! I would really think about you are bragging about, that case is NOT over.I believe Lisa Cooke was found not guilty of crimes against YOUTH, am I correct? It would seem to me that if I was McFadden staff, i would not be planning a party too fast for Lisa Cooke or counting out that person who was terminated.I personally can not imagine wanting to work somewhere like that but if my lawyer told me to exhaust all my remedies so that I may take criminal and civil action against those responsible. I guess i would have to follow the advice of counsel.

Anonymous said...

not cooke, why would it matter who i was if you didn't work for tyc?

Anonymous said...

11:33. because Cooke's people only know how to lie and kiss her ass, you know this! by the way LOL!!!LOL!!!LOL!!!! I will be stupid too! Oh and in case you don't know, it means laugh out loud, which is what we areall doing at cooke, she can come here and parade around and tell everybody how innocent she is, but we all know the truth, she got lucky. But according to what i see on here, maybe not, Feds?? Somebody needs to call me, i want details, but not on here.This isn't secure.

Anonymous said...

I just found out about this blog and I had to come and see people defending Cooke with my own two eyes!! I agree with the person who said, lets take a poll on who is happy that Cooke is back in her position! Lets put it this way, if she was an elected official she would have been removed long ago! It is nobody elses fault besides her's that our working environment is the way it is. But lets blame other people for her bad management skills, lets see here, we have had numerous people removed for touching the boys, we have allowed Cooke's bad management ruin our moral for too long. Lets just say, if this was an election she would lose. She should go ahead and retire and let McFadden have a chance at being a normal facility, she should take her bunch of misfit supervisors ( with the exception of ONE who does his job VERY WELL)and move on like Howard Hickman said today in his email, know when to fold em Cooke.

Anonymous said...

Well said 11:55!!!!

Anonymous said...

I find it kind of pathetic that the only way Cooke can get her name cleared is by having her flunky's post things on here.Maybe she is even the one doing it. We should feel sorry for her.She has taken a business and made it very personal.As far as the person she fired ( still and will be continued to be fired) thats some pretty strong statement for somebody who doesn't know any better. I would be willing to say, if that person isn't reinstated, its because she would choose not to be and can any of us say we would balme her?If you ask me, she is better off than any of us, she will get this settled and with any luck NOT have to be in this environment anymore,it isn't a nice place to work.

Anonymous said...

well, I can say that some of these people that are putting things on this blog, they really need to not do it during work, I have seen some people online and reported in on that fraud and waste hotline. I am sure that nobody on here gets paid for being on this blog while they are at work right? I think we can get this checked out pretty easily too.No cover-up with computers people, they can tell us where you have been on company time!

Anonymous said...

Just so everyone will know, our supt, the fed ex one, is not back. We want her back, our program is in shambles. The kids are rude and the acting does nothing to back us up. She and the other front office people order us around while they sit around and visit and laugh. We want our boss back, we need some leadership in our facility again. I hope she is back soon.

on the right side said...

I am very sorry about those of you who don't have your leaders back, who want them to come back. It doesn't seem fair in the first place that they would remove some sup's for petty things and then allow the ones who have done the most damage to their facilities to return.

Anonymous said...

I agree with on the right side. This whole thing seems so inconsistent.It doesn't really matter if you are guilty as hell, they will reinstate you if you know the right people or the right thing to say.With Cooke back at McFadden, my point is proven.Come on people, she was gone for a month, they don't do that for no reason or unfounded allegations, something happened.Lets hope the state moved out of the way for the feds to move in. Don't lose hope people, if she does stay, she is like the captain of the titanic, she is in charge of a sinking ship.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone wonder if Karen Lashbrook had something to do with this?

Anonymous said...

9:59, Sure she did.How can anybody not see how dirty Lashbrook is?I think if they remove her, all of her favorites will just disappear one by one.

Anonymous said...

Amen to that 11:02. How she is still around is beyond me. I see she could not save her favorite in San Antonio.

Curious Outsider said...

11:31pm last night

To be found not guilty there has to be a trial, in court. Lisa Cooke was not on trial. She was suspended pending the investigation for allegedly "interfering with the reporting and investigations of incidents at the facility." Those allegations were unfounded in the investigation.

There were never any allegations of anything inappropriate with the youth at the facility.

So, it seems I do know what I am talking about because Cooke was reinstated and the person fired, is still fired.

You do the math.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone looked at the writing of curious outsider? For being a "so called" outsider, you know the details and everything about the situation. So Karen, why don't you sign your name instead of curious outsider?

Anonymous said...

Ok let's push the pause on McFadden. To answer your question 9:20 PM, yes it is Eric Young, ADED of HR and Karen Giles also. Word is that Eric begged Dimitria Pope to let him "resign" and to take his personal leave. He's technically on "leave" if you call over there, but check it out--he's not on "leave" folks,--that's right, he ain't comin back. Don't know about the fairness of allowing him to take leave instead of immediately being fired, like other executive council members that were terminated with NO notice. Things are such a mess in HR-and it is not because of single individuals, as many of the HRAs are hard workers. Leadership was the problem. Look at the HR breakdowns in San Saba, West Texas, the failed employee discipline system that allowed for promotions of administrators such as Chip Harrison, missing information HR files, and the most recent finger pointing of Jay Kimbrough right back at Eric Young for slipping by him a policy that HE didn't intend...something had to happen to allow Will Harrell to stay in his job, right? They are trying to keep this under wrap--he's on "personal leave"--yeah right--he's so worried about losing his job that there is NO WAY that he would ever go on any "leave" unless it was forced on him.

I'll miss Karen--at least at her core, she was a genuine person of good character, not someone like Eric that earlier in the blogs was depicted as "brown noser"--Eric, if you are reading this, you really damaged your credibility with state employees and have incredible difficulty finding a job in HR given your disreguard for what you knew was and is outside the law and policy and reputation this agency has of sky-high employee turnover. You gave the media policy that you knew was unfair--just doing what you were asked/ directed to do? Right, be someone of noble character and admit that you did what you knew was wrong and you hurt hundreds of dedicated employees who had NOTHING to do with West Texas. You can blame the leadership put in place, but you carried out all the orders without question or advocacy. And you call yourself the Executive of HR, or at least that's what you were supposed to be. Eric, you never took a stand against what you knew was wrong--in your gut and in the middle of a sleepless night, you know that to be true. Well, let me tell you, you will have many sleepness nights, you will have trouble finding state employment given this agency's damaged reputation and your tainted employee record. You may walk as having "resigned". You may walk having talked YOUR was into being codes as "eligible for rehire," but I truly believe that you are now getting what you have sowed for STATE EMPLOYEES, but the best is yet to haunt you as you seek state service to finish off your retirement eligibility. I wish I could wish you well, but all I can say is that you have received what you well deserve--only you received better treatment than other TYC employees that were of much higher character than you. I pray that some day-you repent for what the terrible detruction that you have allowed to so many of your friends and to employees you were in a position of leadership to serve.

Anonymous said...

curious outsider, I believe you are employed at McFadden and if you are who i think you are, you are at work RIGHT now writing all of this.If Cooke wasn't GUILTY of something, they never would have removed her for one month, she either a)cut a deal to bring down more people b) did what she normally does to get what she wants or c)all of the above. I will do the math since that seems to be your "key" phrase.Hmmm? 1 good person removed 4 bad people, 1 returned because of some unknown reason that might be explained by the federal indictments issued on Thursday morning out of Denton County to be delivered to McFadden Ranch. Let me see...whats that all add up to?I can't speak for that person ( we all know who you are talking about)who got fired,I know for a fact she is in a VERY GOOD place now,I know she is dreading returning to that awful place with all of the awful people who work there, but she is held in much higher regard than the person you are so interested in protecting COOKE.When this is all said and done, we will see who comes out on top.As long as they keep doing what they do at McFadden its making her case so much better. Retaliate some more people!!!Other agency's are watching you!

Anonymous said...

You are all wasting your time talking to those losers at McFadden, They see it as okay to do what they have done to those kids. They even protected people who did unmentionable things to those boys. Consider the source people, you are fighting a losing battle to make those twisted people see their wrong doing.We know what was right and what was wrong, God watches over people who do the right thing, remember that.

Anonymous said...

If i get proof that those people at McFadden are online posting negative messages about employees on this blog WHILE CLOCKED IN AT WORK, I will be going straight to the AG.

Anonymous said...

that won't be hard to do 3:47. We all know who is always online at work, well, when he isn't calling kids "crackheads" he is pathetic.

justice 4 all said...

I wonder If McFadden Ranch has any release forms you need to sign when you walk in the door. The place sounds dangerous and just downright sick. Is it still open? I heard that 5 were being shut down and that McFadden was one of them.It sounds like it should be first.

Anonymous said...

no kidding justice,I think that they need some mature adults working at McFadden, sounds like the only person that had sense they fired. I guess thats what they call "letting the monkeys run the zoo"

Anonymous said...

3:49, calling kids crackheads? Correct me if i am wrong but isn't McFadden Ranch a drug treatment facility? Thats just wrong.I hope he was properly disciplined.

Anonymous said...

McFadden Ranch is a drug and alcohol halfway house in roanoke.Does anybody have any information on their recidivism rate.I have heard that 2 inmates escaped from there about two weeks ago, and they only found one.Maybe they were being abused and they ran away?From what I see on here the staff are so busy fighting with each other, the youth in their care seem like they take a backseat. Just my opinion.

Anonymous said...

yep, they got a pretty good headstart, nobody knew they were missing for a while, but that doesn't suprise me at all, the staff member who was "supposed" to be watching at least one of them.He is NEVER on his hall with his kids! We have even got emails telling us to stay with our kids. You would think they would fire him, huh? But lets go after those damn people who TELL THE TRUTH, they are not allowed at McFadden!

Anonymous said...

We can all talk all we want about all the wrong things that have happened at McFadden, but the truth is that the only reason they have been allowed to continue for so long was because nobody stood up for what was right. It doesn't matter that everybody is on here bitching about how bad it is when nobody does anything when they are there but smile and pretend we are all happy to see her. I am sick of the two-faced people. We don't like her, we hate that she is back, WE need to show our distaste, just as they are showing how happy they are.If we had more guts guys, they could have never removed one of our own the way they did...Green gave them hell,she didn't back down, she fought OUR fight,then we don't stand up to the person that took her down? Cowards..stop bitching about Cooke being back, TELL Cooke, I am done listening!

Curious Outsider said...

I don't have to be employed with TYC to be aware of what is going on. There is such a thing as the news, newspapers and the internet.

I agree with whomever it was that said they feel sorry for your co-workers. If you are this unstable in an online blog, I'd hate to run across you in the real world. Your behavior here is enough to convince people the real reasons you are no longer employed.

And to borrow again from that other poster on here, I am done talking to you. All that results is a comical tirade of insults and accusations that is all a bunch of crap, albeit, your crap does make for a good laugh.

Anonymous said...

what ya'all thinking? Hetrick? maybe because he pretends to be so smart ( I say pretends because we all know how he got his start in life)White ( maybe because he never gets his scrawny zit-ridden ass of the staff desk)Lee( Its Friday,no volunteers to make out with and all her kids left that she fondled)Cooke( most likely, she is such a loser THIS is where she would be on a Friday night since she has no man)Brown ( again..same as cooke, but replace man with woman)Maybe Hobson( time spent on here keeps her away from all those kids she likes to, ah..well, you know)Kathleen(Collin dumped her on her ass AND went to authorities, maybe her?)It doesn't matter, my money is on white or hetrick, we shall see because I just informed TDCJ office of some "abuse of state property"

Anonymous said...

LOL! Can I put my money on Hetrick?May the force be with you....DUDE!

Anonymous said...

Its official...Owens is out, Pope is in, just read it on my email. NO, I am not at work either.I read where Nance is out too. How can they fire all of them, and COOKE stays in position? I think thats one of the signs of the apocalypse!

Anonymous said...

well "curious outsider" Cooke wasn't worthy of making ANY paper when she was, oh god..I can't even say it,you know, re-instated.Only TYC people know, and most of us don't care. So try again. Besides, you really seem to hate the person they fired. So if you are gonna stop wasting your time talking to us, please feel free to move on.NOBODY here has the same warped view of Lisa Cooke as you do.

Anonymous said...

who is no longer employed? Who is that? Curious Outsider needs to stay that way...on the outside!

Anonymous said...

wow 8:16, all of those people work at McFadden? With all of those people you mentioned, may I ask why ANYBODY would want to remain employed there?

Anonymous said...

Wow.. Our new Boss is now official.. Ed Owens ..accepted. Per the News Station....Now we have him for 2 years. and guess who took his old job???? Pope, yes.... Pope!! God Help us all.
And with Dr. Novy taking over Rehab and all of Education.. God Help us all.
Yes, he is letting Venita take over Special Ed.. but, remember..he is a Micro Manager..so it really does not matter who he appts, he is still really in charge!! God Help us all.

Broke Back Mountain said...

Who the hell gives a freaking shit about the Ranch? You punks have no idea what it's really like on the inside of the fence. Halfway house employees bitching... Come fight with the big boyz, on the inside of the razor wire. What a bunch of HWH punks... You haven't been where we've been, and we all know that.. Ranch boyz, sounds like some gay cowboy film...

Anonymous said...

11:04, I couldn't agree more!!!You are right on the money with the brokeback thing, you been to McFadden? We got a cowboy like that!He wouldn't last a day inside the fence!Let him call a couple of cap offenders "crackheads" I would pay to see that!

Anonymous said...

LOL!!! White working in a real facility?? You are so funny! I love that brokeback mountain, gay cowboy thing, you guys are too funny!

Anonymous said...

With all due respect to brokeback, alot of us DID come from facility settings.THOSE are the good employees, the ones that didn't come from inside the fence, those are the ones tucking in the kids and kissing them on their little criminal foreheads goodnight.Those are the ones that think its okay to be called "momma"

Anonymous said...

Ed Owens,new conservator + Dimitria Pope, new "acting" executive director = the death of TYC. While we are all busy fighting among ourselves (an age-old strategy known as "divide and conquer", these two TDCJ stars are systematically gutting the agency and preparing to morph it into the TDCJ minor leagues. By the time we wake up and realize what they're doing, it's going to be too late. And as it has been so eloquently pointed out, the entire State is going to have to pay the price.

Earlier, Grits made mention of the fact that this whole TYC debacle might have been no more than a "media circus". I think that's an accurate assessment, but it goes much deeper than that. From Governor Perry, to the AG's Office, to Senators Whitmire, Hinojosa and Madden,etc., this "media circus" was designed to deflect scrutiny and media attention away from the fact that all of these "righteously indignant defenders" of the juvenile justice system knew what was going on and chose to do nothing.

With the Governor signing SB 103 yesterday, a new era in juvenile justice in Texas has been ushered in. Along with the announcement of the new "appointments", came news of "regional" meetings with TYC staff to finally (maybe) provide something akin to an explanation of the agency's new direction. I wonder if the reason for regional, instead of facility meetings is nothing more than a ploy to limit the number of staff that will be able to attend and ask questions? Maybe they'll finally get around to being truthful and tell us that there's no money budgeted for John Shero and Marlin after August 31 of this year and that their plans also include closing Sheffied Boot Camp, Victory Field and West Texas State School by the end of FY 09? Or will this simply provide Ms. Pope with an opportunity to threaten us all with losing our jobs if we don't conform totally to her vision of TYC?

Hundreds of good, loyal, dedicated TYC employees will fall by the wayside before this is over and it's sad to say that it appears that our current executive administration could care less. If anyone bothers to look, neither of our the two tops execs as perfect as they have portrayed themselves to be.

Not being a particularly religious person, I would have to ask just one last question...

WWJS?

To those of you who have hung in there and continued to try and do the job you signed on for with TYC, in spite of all this madness (especially at Marlin and John Shero), you are truly good, special people. You deserve a lot better. I wish you all well.

Anonymous said...

11:30,the inmates call the staff momma? How is that happening in a state facility? Isn't that what we in institutions call "over familiarization"?I know where I am thats CCF-225 talk.

Anonymous said...

yes, its a halfway house, and yes, staff not only let the kids call them momma, they were also hugging and kissing staff up until the AG's office came in and put a stop to it, and yet our superintendent was found "innocent" of all charges against her? Whats wrong with this picture?

Anonymous said...

All of you half way house idiots wanting someone to be fired go some where else. The issue is what is taking place with TYC globally with our "NEW" leadership and all you can do is bitch, bitch, bitch. Go to Walmart and start a new career.

The BIG picture is not just in your miserable world.

Good BLOG anon 6/9/07 7:11 AM

Anonymous said...

9:02,Its a free world, its not your own personal blog, right? We can talk about TYC employees just like you. Sorry if you want to take over, maybe you need to go to work at walmart with your name calling, you shouldn't be working with youth.

Anonymous said...

7:58pm

Just make sure you recognize not all the halfway house employees are idiots. It seems it's just the 1-2 on here with nothing better to do because they were fired or on "FMLA"

There are many that care about their jobs, and doing the right thing.

Anonymous said...

11:45 why don't you grow some and stop kissing ass at the Ranch.If you are putting yourself in the "good employee" catagory then you have some serious mental issues. FMLA is none of your business, but you have always been the type to get into everybody elses business, right? WE know you is on here posting these blog comments, you are not slick. Just by process of elimination, its not hard. You can think that just one or two of us are posting on here if that helps you sleep at night, but I think you know better.As far as fired employees and those on FMLA, we shall see who has the last word in those issues, they remain open issues and with administration favoring one employee that was dismissed for VERY strong allegations of sexual misconduct with youth and then attacking the person who brought it to their attention, they are making this a very easy decision for other agencies that are involved.The writing is on the wall, RETALIATION is a violation of law and those guilty of it will be held liable in both civil and criminal courts, you will see. So keep up with your abusive rhetoric. Thats all you have.

Anonymous said...

Just for your info all of you McFadden Ranch Cooke and Lee supporters this statement is based on fact,On 6/9/07 JCO VI Sandra Lee was letting inmates lick icing off of her fingers during a party, now you tell me something sick isn't happening there!Lee if you are reading this understand that this went to the AG's office so maybe you should pack up your office of sick pictures of inmates at the retreat and move on before they make you move on.

Anonymous said...

Oh that is just repulsive! Thats what you get for putting Cooke back in position! I hope CO see's this blog and realizes how bad of a move that was. They are feeling comfortable again, today licking icing, tomorrow, who knows!What is it going to take for somebody to do something? Lee has crossed the line yet again.Cooke won't write her up either, she never does, she only writes up who she wants to get rid of, thats a fact.

Anonymous said...

Its what you get for putting a bunch of nasty old single ladies around a bunch of teenage boys, they hope the boys are desperate enough to get with them.

Anonymous said...

I for one am sickened beyond belief that even after everything thats happened with TYC that ANY employee would still be violating policy.This JCO staff, a six no less if letting students "lick" icing off of her?They suspended our sup for fed-ex abuse? What the hell is wrong with this agency when things like this are allowed to continue?

Anonymous said...

It just goes to show that abuse still run's deep in TYC and that they did a crappy job of investigating that facility if these things are still happening there. Its sad. Could you McFadden staff let us know what happen's with this? I would like to know that there is something done about this when other smaller offenses are dealt with much more severe.

Anonymous said...

11:43 That is so true! I can just imagine me letting a kid lick a part of my body where I am...They would walk me right out of the gate to a waiting police car!But thats how its done on the facility level, My guess is that HWH's are not ran very professional at all, that is why we have so much back biting on here.

Anonymous said...

Thats McFadden Ranch for you, they go by their own rules. Our sup does what she wants to. She is protected by lashbrook who also does as she wants. I hope CO see's what they allow to go on here and take the proper action. If you ask me, everybody above a 4 needs to be removed, well, except for Mr. J, he deserves to be in charge, he is the only sup who takes care of his business and doesn't get personal.

Anonymous said...

maybe all of you people who hate Cooke should try and be nice to her. She was out after me for the longest time but she lost interest after a while when people she hated worse started and she left me alone and went after them. Sure, it is retaliation, we all see it, but if you are on her side, she said she would take care of us. Just something to think about.

Anonymous said...

wow 2:02, thats all I can say! I hope somebody is printing out this blog, this would be nice to have in court!admitting to retaliation in the work place? Inmates licking on staff? This place is still open, right?

Anonymous said...

I seriously can not believe anyone with any sense would beleive any of the garbage the same few keep posting here. Stop feeding the troll, and she'll go away.

Anonymous said...

5:18, whats your problem?Can't handle the truth? Don't shoot the messenger! wait, i forgot that's what they do where you come from. White, Hetrick or Lee...YOU ARE CLOCKED IN, LET ME FIND OUT ITS YOU!! Lee, shouldn't you be somewhere letting a kid lick on you? White, go pop your zitty face and Hetrick,try and actually DO some work for a change, keep your ass on the hall and suck down a few dozen Mountain Dews and you should be okay!

Anonymous said...

Its okay, they hate it that there aren't many of them, more of us on here.I believe that when the AG's office comes a calling about the icing incident as they will. We should all let them in on what happen's on the TYC payroll. Maybe, just maybe if crappy staff would spend less time online and more time watching the youth they are in charge of, we would have many less escapes, and many less JCO's letting kids lick them. Don't you agree?

Anonymous said...

5:18, go back to school...learn to spell!

Superior Staff said...

Personally,I find this whole discussion disturbing.Instead of staff getting together and removing a person who obviously has some sexual issues with the youth if proven true,They instead attack each other.This is how it is, you are either part of the solution or you are part of the problem. We call this "enabling" at TYC. If you knew of this issue with this staff and failed to report it, YOU are just as guilty of abuse as the staff doing the abuse.Band together people, this is pathetic. You people at McFadden not only deserve to be removed from your positions, but you deserve to be closed down completely if this is how the adults behave there!!You make all TYC halfway houses look bad!If the moral is that low,you all should be looking for another place to work instead of bitching on here!

Anonymous said...

My issues with all of this is the fact that these people who are saying this must have some proof that these things are occuring,and instead of terminating those people who let the students lick them as should be done, they are removing people like our sup who is innocent of all the fed-ex abuse she has been accused of, just because Lashbrook favors McFadden administration, its not fair.

Gritsforbreakfast said...

"Personally,I find this whole discussion disturbing. Instead of staff getting together and removing a person who obviously has some sexual issues with the youth if proven true, They instead attack each other."

Thanks, Superior Staff. When discussion degenerate on some of these TYC threads I tend to just let things go because, as I've been repeatedly admonished, TYC folks have nowhere else to talk and the agency doesn't facilitate communication. (I've suggested before Ed Owens should start his own blog to inform staff and the public.) But I couldn't agree more with the above quoted statement and think other commenters should take it to heart.

As I've said many times before, what y'all really need is a decent union. The attacks on one another are a poor substitute for banding together for mutual benefit, which at this point is what TYC employees need IMO more than anything. Youth and the public would be better off, too. Ignoring the only people with first-hand knowledge of what's happening is a sure-fire recipe for failure, and TYC employees can't make themselves heard if they're busy attacking one other.

I don't mean don't report or root out corruption, but there are constructive and destructive ways to voice concerns, and IMO both ways are well represented on this comment string. best,

Anonymous said...

Thanks grits and superior, I agree completely and it was never my attention to attack anyone, just show what kind of mentality some staff are dealing with.They can attack the messengers all they want, but if they would stop a second and see what we are looking at, they should respect the fact that we are doing our jobs.If it was my job to protect staff from wrong doing then I could ignore many things happening at McFadden Ranch. But I take my job seriously and my job is to monitor, supervise and protect the YOUTH in my care.NOT THE OTHER STAFF when they are doing bad things. I can't and won't shut my mouth about these abuse and neglect issues and I can personally say that it was so disgusting for me to see a 17 year old boy licking icing off of a 60 year old womans finger! It was like watching porn!!I hope that this is dealt with properly and I am going to make sure that its taken to the proper authorities to guarantee its resolved.I appreciate the fact that you let us come here and vent grits, you are right, we have no other outlet which is very sad.

Anonymous said...

anon 9:48 - some things need clarification. First, while your job is to watch out for the youth, you can only do that if you watch out for the staff. That means making sure that staff are safe and that if anyone is doing anything to jeopardize safety, to report it. In fact, reporting wrongdoing, especially against the youth, is a legal requirement. You can be prosecuted for NOT reporting. Second, there are other outlets. One of the positive things that the previous administration did was to contract with an Employee Assistance Program called Alliance. You can get free counseling!!! I would suggest that if you are in so much distress, that you avail yourself of this service that is free to employees. You can find information about it on the TYC Intranet. Please call them.

Anonymous said...

Must be boring at The ranch tonight,huh?

Anonymous said...

Hetrick, you really need to find something else to do.Yeah, we know its you.

Anonymous said...

7:57, is it never NOT boring at the ranch?LOL

Anonymous said...

Apparently the last few posters missed the point of what Grits said.

He understands you have no where to vent, but he agreed with this statement from superior staff:
"Personally, I find this whole discussion disturbing. Instead of staff getting together and removing a person who obviously has some sexual issues with the youth if proven true, They instead attack each other."

When he said to take it to heart, he also meant to stop attacking each other. Why is that so hard to do? Why are you so hostile against the people you keep naming? I just don't understand.

Anonymous said...

I told ya, my money is on White but it is a real toss up between which one is more sneaky and disgusting.They will both get whats coming to them though, so that's some consolation.Just keep in mind what we know and keep smiling, remember their days at McFadden are numbered, tick tock, tick tock!

Anonymous said...

Oh Hetrick, we are not hostile, we aren't at all.We all just find it so amusing that you are so scared of this blog and what people think of you, so you need to stop asking people and talking about it, because we know how you are. Nobody trusts you, Nobody like's you, Not even your buddy Cooke. But you know this. So,we have known each other for a long time, dude..you need to stop with this, you are NOT going to make us NOT think its you.If you have something to say, please..say it during shift change, we will talk then about your two-faces, until then, stop with all the abuse.

Anonymous said...

8:38, I think you made him cry. Stop being so mean, those brokeback mountain guys are very sensitive, ya know? Besides,I told you its white! He sits on that desk all day long and he cries too, remember!

Anonymous said...

If you looked like White, you would cry too!

Anonymous said...

You are so mean! But very honest!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to post this as an invitation to McFadden Ranch Administration. I invite you to group up ALL of your employees, not just the one's you like and discuss with them one by one what needs to change there to make it a more unified setting to work in.Just witnessing the hostility and the animosity that exists in your facility is overwelming.You folks really need a good staff meeting or intervention to get you all back on the same page. I myself have worked in some miserable places, but I believe that you all have to take the award for being miserable at work. If this is just a view of what it is like in your workplace, personally, i would be looking for other employment or contact an outside agency to straighten it out.The EEOC and Texas Workforce Commission should be able to help. Good luck to you all!

Anonymous said...

ya'all need to find somethin else to do. Ms.Cooke is the greatest superindependent that ever did live and she didn't even tell me to say that neither.She don't have any problem givin those of us staff that do what were told breaks or nothin, heck we even can take time off without callin in or nothin.When her and miss lee ain't flirtin with them there young uns we even have some special times.I miss raymon comin up to the ranch too, he always would say how nice i looked, again when he wasnt flirtin with them young uns. thats all i gots to say. Ms. cooke she is the bestest ever.Us staff who love her say so.

Anonymous said...

LOL! Thats it folks! You heard it! If that isn't THE best endorsement for Cooke!! Wow. breaks? really? and you say she is the "bestest" who can argue with that? Why didn't you speak up before? My mind has been changed!!Flirtin with them young un's huh? Well..thats okay! We can look past that, right? Don't tell me, let me guess who you are...Koerner??Johnson? I would say Wyatt, but you spelled some things right.

Anonymous said...

LOL!LOL!LOL! There you go again with your brilliant statements.

Anonymous said...

hetrick FIND A FRIEND, you need one really bad. and a life while you are at it. You are pathetic.

Anonymous said...

NEWSFLASH for Mcfadden Ranch...It IS AGAINST POLICY TO HAVE INMATES LICK YOU. Just ask Ms. Lee!! Goodbye Ms. Lee, so sorry you chose resignation over termination like your buddy Hobson.....

Anonymous said...

Does that mean White takes her spot? Oh god, please say no!

Anonymous said...

Sure he will once he gets his head out of Cooke's ass!

Anonymous said...

White? The guy who calls kids crackhead's and doesn't let them call the hotline? White? The guy who has as much personality as his zits? White?? If Cooke wants to get McFadden shut down, she will make him the six, lets wait and see!

Anonymous said...

Ms. Lee, Do the right thing, we know you were forced out by Cooke, it isn't fair, we will support you if you do the right thing...you know what you need to do, she is dirty, YOU know it.Speak up

Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight, Cooke come's back on 6/7 and Lee is out on 6/13? Suspicious...Cooke got ya Lee, Now what you gonna do?

Anonymous said...

If what you say this Lee person did is true, how on earth could it be the superintendants fault she is gone?

Good lord you people need a life that doesn't involve internet access.

Anonymous said...

well, she is in charge right? Hate to say I told you so but....Okay, we knew Cooke sold somebody out to get her position back.

Anonymous said...

Sold out how? This incident happened after she came back. How could she have "sold her out" regarding something that hadn't happened yet? Your logic, or lack of it escapes me.

Anonymous said...

Who ever these people lee and cooke are, one is removed after the other comes back? It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.

Anonymous said...

Please correct me if I am wrong 10:03, but how can you say anything about "internet access" when YOU are posting on here? Is this a case of do as I say and not as I do? You might be able to "control" people in other places, but there is something here called FREEDOM OF SPEECH and YOU can't do anything about it except NOT read this blog.

Anonymous said...

You tell them 11:07! I think they just can't admit the truth, maybe its because they have been lying, manipulating and covering up for SO long, they don't know what the truth is. To whoever posted the thing with Cooke selling out to come back, good call!!! You called that one!! Yeah,not even a week later and Lee is out? Who is next on the hitlist? My money is on Hetrick or White.

Anonymous said...

11:07 your vast amount of stupid continues to amaze me.

Anonymous said...

11:43 Really, that didn't even make sense. If you are going to be on here posting things, stop drinking first so that we can understand what you are saying.

Rambo said...

It's a real shame to see McFadden reduced to such childish behaviors. When I was there, we ALL worked as a team. We were adult enough to work out our differences. The ranch was at one time held in very high regard, because of our integrity and teamwork. I had hoped that McFadden would not fall victim to the hypocracy flowing from the CO circus. After reading all of this, I'm afraid all hope is lost.

Rambo

Anonymous said...

Rambo, You must have been there a LONG time ago, before they filled the place with child molesters disguised as "Loving"staff and volunteers. The place is a circus in itself and the ringleader is a person that wouldn't know how to tell the truth if her life depended on it.It is a shame that CO, Lashbrook and a few others have let this go on for so long that they have the biggest mess there, and instead of cleaning it up, they are STILL trying to bury it under the rug!

Rambo said...

Anon @ 12:22

It was a very long time ago. Back when inappropriate conduct of staff was dealt with...

Anonymous said...

Too bad the inappropriate conduct of ex staff can't get them "dealt with" for posting garbage and accusations on the internet.

Anonymous said...

3:09,The truth hurts doesn't it? Besides, I don't believe anybody has posted anything on here that is not true.Unlike McFadden Administration. Cooke,do the world a favor, crawl back under the rock you slithered out from and stop having your flunky's try and control the media outlets. WE WILL POST THE TRUTH, you don't have to read it.

Anonymous said...

You tell them 7:16!! You would think they would understand by now that they aren't going to bully us around!I guess when Lee was bringing you flowers last week, you were already planning her termination, right Cooke? That is sad, they are turning on each other.

Anonymous said...

You've done nothing but scream Lee has to go, Lee is a pervert, Lee is inappropriate with the kids, and now that she is gone, it's Cookes fault? Do you even read the garbage you write before you post it?

Anonymous said...

It is all Cooke's fault, SHE has let this happen for so long, SHE was removed, SHE needs to retire or be forced to resign! Cooke is THE WORSE SUPERINTENDENT TYC HAS!! She has allowed the environment and morale to become so bad at McFadden why should we blame anybody else? IT IS COOKES FAULT!

Anonymous said...

IIRC, morale didn't go downhill until you showed up, stirred up a bunch of false crap, then were fired it a blaze of lies and accusations.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what you are talking about Crazy, I AM CURRENT STAFF! I know thats hard to deal with isn't it, what the hell is llrc? Is that some sick twisted code you all have? I told you before stop drinking before you get online and post stupid shit.

Anonymous said...

false crap? Oh yes, let's see, with Lee the count is up to what? 1,2,3,4, it would have been 5 had Cooke stayed gone like she should have. 5 sick ass people for 1 of our own, it was a price that had to be paid.But so far only one loss on our side...your move!

Anonymous said...

No, you aren't.

IIRC means - if I recall correctly

pot

kettle

black

Anonymous said...

They are talking about Green!! Do these fools even realize how good they are making her retaliation case? Somebody needs to contact her and let her know she is being attacked.

Anonymous said...

who are ya kidding 9:05? Where the hell do you work that morale was good? This crap had been going on long before the people you want to blame it on got there, and YOU know it, hey ask Hetrick, we was reporting this shit almost a year ago, ain't nothing ever done until we got some GOOD people in there.You all want to put Green's name out there, show us who you are!!! Thats what I thought...COWARDS! Place the blame where it belongs with Lee who let this shit breed through out that ranch for years, or Hobson, who thought she could do what the hell she wanted to those kids, or COOKE, who allowed this whole mess to grow without doing the right thing!PLACE THE BLAME FOR THE MESS YOU ARE IN WITH THEM!

Anonymous said...

Well, I got an email dated from back in November, maybe I should post it? If you all "recall" it was about staff touching the kids and the KIDS complaining!! November? It seem's to be that was BEFORE anybody who I won't name on here because I ain't even going to get involved in no lawsuit even started. I just thought I should point that out. You can all go back to attacking each other now.

Anonymous said...

I am confused. You all just said this lee person was fired because cook sold her out to get her job back. But now your saying she should have been gone a long time a go.

Anonymous said...

9:52 Sorry, it is confusing. Cooke is the sup, Lee was the JCO VI, Cooke let Lee bring all kinds of perv's and sicko's ( disguised as "Volunteers") for years, Cooke gets suspended for all kinds of stuff, she gets reinstated, keep in mind they haven't even brought the poor fed-ex lady back yet, NOBODY gets brought back from those accusations UNLESS they make a deal. Cooke is back for a few days and she removes Lee, coincidence? I don't think so. They both really need to be removed, but Cooke got to come back to clean house I guess.

Anonymous said...

oh, see I thought lee was gone becuse of the finger licking thing you wrote about earlier.

Anonymous said...

10:18, That was nothing compared to what Cooke used to let her get away with, and she knows it! Speak up Lee, she took you down! She has let this go on for so long, those sup's from west texas have nothing on Cooke, she used to have them kids in her office for hours, wonder what she was doing?

Anonymous said...

Hey McFadden Ranch.....here's one for you....find a chat line and go away.

Anonymous said...

I have a question for all of you who read this blog. What should you do if you walk in on two staff members having sex on facility grounds? It happened today, and yes, I work at McFadden Ranch, I walked in on Brian White JCO V and a caseworker Ms. Schmitt having relations ON COMPANY TIME IN HER OFFICE!!!! I am beside myself people, then, a cover-up into Lee's termination/resignation, whatever it is. I am out looking for other employment. You were all right about McFadden Ranch.

Anonymous said...

Did you report this to the hotline 11:03?

Anonymous said...

Yes, it has been reported but i felt that i would be better doing it anonymous, which they allowed me to do.

Anonymous said...

Let me see here,Cooke not letting the kids call the hotline and running her own investigations and TYC reinstates her, Lee lets kids lick her, she is asked to "resign instead of termination. How is the HELL can they get out of this one?Try and cover this one up Cooke! Whats next??

Anonymous said...

yep! Thats TYC for you!We haven't changed anything, we still have sick people running facilities. We still have people engaging in inappropriate conduct and not getting properly reprimanded. What has changed here? If anybody from Perry's office reads this blog ( I heard they do) YOU NEED TO CLOSE SOME OF THESE PLACES and get more control over the ones you leave open! You let HWH's regulate themselves and this is what you get!TAKE CONTROL before you cost the state million's in legal costs! You see it all right here, retaliation against state employees for speaking up, staff engaging in misconduct and being allowed to "resign" for god's sake, STAFF HAVING SEX ON FACILITY grounds?? My god, what is going to happen next? Do we need to have somebody die to have get Austin's attention?GET SOME AUTHORITY OVER THESE PLACES BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!It is very obvious at least on of these facilities being talked about on this blog has very poor leadership.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't take a "rocket scientist" to figure out what "facility" you are talkiing about 11:48.

Anonymous said...

2:36 I didn't think it was possible for you to get even more stupid, but you have. The poster 11:48 (aka as yourself) SAYS what facility they work at, apparently you forgot to proofread before you hit publish. Dumbass.

Anonymous said...

9:45 STOP DRINKING! You are an idiot! 11:48 didn't say anything about any facility. Get a life.

Anonymous said...

Hetrick you need to stop your crying....DUDE! WE KNOW ITS YOU!

Anonymous said...

I really find it amusing that 9:45 only believe's that one person is doing all of this "blog posting" lets see here, I am not a "rocket scientist" either, but i would imagine, oh call me crazy, that it is actually a few people who are at Mcfadden everyday since all of the things they are posting seem pretty serious and RECENT! But you think whatever it is that makes you feel better! No need for name calling people, We are all supposed to be mature adult's and this blog is read by a few people that are not TYC employees, but they can remove you from your job just the same, something to think about.

Anonymous said...

being called a dumbass by somebody who works at Mcfadden is like being called a child molester...from somebody who works at McFadden!

Anonymous said...

why do you always assume when some one goes against what your saying, they work at McFadden?

Anonymous said...

MY GOD...there's only what...22 kids at McFadden and people are generating hundreds of blogs and hab=ving sex at work. They need to wipe this place off the map.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 1:24. If these things are happening there, it should at least be closed until a complete investigation is conducted.

Anonymous said...

I have a question to all the McFadden supporters out there...You all say there is no truth to these allegations and you continue to call name's like preschoolers to the people who disagree with your view of "The Ranch" Could you please give us YOUR version? ( without attacking anyone)by the way, I do not work for TYC, I work for a media source, and I would be very interested in learning what proof you have to justify your statements, that this is "garbage".
Thank you in advance.

Anonymous said...

2:46, you won't get a straight answer. They have the ability to create an atmosphere of "confusion" when ever you get close to the real truth they will either make a nasty remark about your intelligence or create chaos about the discussion, allowing you to become "confused" I think in your line of work it is called putting a "spin" on things.

Anonymous said...

2:46:
If you want my version, provide me with your email address and the verifiable media source you work for and I'll be glad to talk to you.

Anonymous said...

4:07, How would you like me to do that? I am not going to place my personal information on this blog, as I am sure you can understand. I work for the Star Telegram.

Anonymous said...

4:14:
Since you are with the media, you should have work related email ect, that is public knowledge, since any reporter that writes a story has their name and email attached to it. I have known several media people in my time, and none of them were afraid to give out who there were publically, since what they do for a living is public.

Anonymous said...

to the media person, Don't waste your time, I promise you! This person that is doing this doesn't plan on talking to you, just wants to complain about all of us staff who are "out to get her" She is a paranoid old woman with nothing in her life or then again, maybe its a gay little wanna-be cowboy who is messing with an engaged woman, either way..move on. This isn't worthy of your time. They have NO "proof" that this is all "garbage" because its NOT, IT IS THE TRUTH, and if they did talk to you it would be "damage control"

Anonymous said...

4:40pm.....for some one that accuses everyone else of calling names, your doing a pretty good job of it your self.

Anonymous said...

4:22,I don't understand the need for secrecy.I would think if you did have legitimate proof that these people being accused of these allegation's were innocent, you would want to display them in a public forum. I do not have a problem giving my work email on here, except for the fact that I don't want to go to work tomorrow with my mailbox completely filled with this nonsense.I do hope you can understand my concern.

Anonymous said...

4:57:
This isn't the place for myself, or anyone else to try and correct all the errors being told here. Unfortunately, it boils down to one, perhaps two individuals trying to cause touble. If you are truely with the media, which now I completely doubt you are; you'd wouldn't hesitate to allow me to contact you in private.

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