Early this week the State Commission of Investigation released a 96 page report of a two year probe of the Department of Corrections and the gang problem in the prison system. What they found was upsetting and chilling. Despite huge successes by law enforcement in getting gang members locked up and put in jail the gangs simply have used the prison system as a ” corporate headquarters” to meet and continue their crime enterprises.
The Billion Dollar Department of Corrections has failed.
What is more astonishing is that absolutely no one cares! This scathing report was issued and neither the Governor , Legislators, or even the Department has addressed the allegations.
My question is simple. Has everyone just given up in the battle against violent street gangs in this State?
The report is long and I have attached a link and a brief summary pulled from the report.
Since no one in government cares about reading it I thought maybe a concerned taxpayer or so on this site might find it interesting and upsetting.
Brief summary from report:
The State Commission of Investigation has found that burgeoning numbers of gang affiliated
inmates today increasingly exploit systemic weaknesses to organize and thrive inside
They communicate widely with cohorts both inside and outside of prison via
cellular phones and other means, and they readily secure, use and deal in contraband, including
illegal narcotics. They carry out illicit financial transactions and launder money through an
official system of inmate accounts.
They extort fellow inmates and their families. They corrupt
corrections personnel, including custody officers and civilian staff. Together, these
circumstances enable them to nurture and advance violent criminal enterprises while
incarcerated, and their ability to operate in this fashion raises the specter of greater violence,
not just inside the prisons, but once they return to the outside world.