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Losing control

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It is always good to hear different perspectives. We all approach our job differently. I used to tell the new Lt’s that you can’t treat everyone the same. Each person is different. Each person has good qualities and bad qualities. I like to think that I treated everyone the same. I did not belong to a clique nor did I create one. I treated all Officers with respect. The solid ones, I am afraid, I did socially talk to more but, I never ignored anyone. I did not consider myself to be the best but, I did strive to be better than the others. Everyone has thier faults. You try to control your emotions and not as, Jamestown said, let them know about yourself. I loved watching my new Officers.
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Don’t Let Inmate Lawsuits Affect Your Job

By Greg Osterstuck

At some point in a correction officer’s career they will be verbally threatened by inmates saying, “I’m going to sue you and this prison.” Most officers will pass that comment off and pretend it wasn’t said to them after an incident. The problem with inmates lawsuits (notice of claim) against officers is some of those inmates are versed in the law (especially federal inmates) and they know when and how to file a lawsuit. In the federal court system there is an avenue for filing a notice of claim for a constitutional question. 42 USCA 1983 is called the “Civil Action for Deprivation of Rights.” ¹ Inmates without cost to them (pro-se) to file with the court a notice of claim against correction officers, police officers or any sworn officer of the law who violates their constitutional rights. The denial of constitutional rights to prisoners can be summarized in this statement: “Section 1983 is not itself a source of substantive rights, it merely provides a method for the vindication of rights elsewhere conferred in the United States Constitution and Laws. full story

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