CCPOA: California Correctional Peace Officers Association representing over 33,000 correctional officers, in the news again for attempting to obstruct and discredit a recent Inspector General investigation. Truly thugs in exerting political power it is no wonder they have been dubbed “The Trench Coat Mafia”…The “Green Wall of Silence is alive and still thriving with in CDCr & CCPOA.
Here is the actual report: 2015 Special Review: High Desert State Prison Susanville, CA
From the SacBee:
Report: Alarming abuses seen at remote California prison
The Price of Prison Guard Unions
The California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) staunchly defends California’s tough-on-crime policies, including strict sentencing laws and pro-incarceration policies. But CCPOA also defends its special interest: it protects the collective bargaining power, pay and benefits of prison guards. A small union with 30,000 members, it is also one of the state’s most powerful lobby organizations. CCPOA argues for a simple equation: stricter sentencing means more prisoners— and more prison guards. In California the results have been disastrous.
In 2010, The Economist magazine dubbed Don Novey the “most important man in California politics that no one had ever heard of.” A former prison guard, Novey was elected president of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) in 1980 and held office until 2002. During that time California’s prison population exploded and so did the state’s hiring of prison guards.
Novey made his union a political powerhouse. Today, California’s prison guards union dispenses large amounts of money to political candidates, and it makes contributions to ballot initiatives and endorses or opposes policy proposals that will determine the number, salaries, and benefits of prison guards. Most importantly, the union uses its powerful bully pulpit to instruct California voters about crime and punishment, the two issues that determine how many prisons the state builds and how many prison guards the state hires and pays.
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