"A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives."


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Scottsboro City Council Regular Session December 28,2015

(photo by G. Morgan)
 Scottsboro City Council President Patrick Stewart formed four Committees to examine the issue of the Mayor's Capital expenditure plan which involved $3 million dollars in funding for four projects. The one item on the Scottboro City Council agenda died due to a lack of a motion - Mayor's Capital Expense Projects

The Capital Expense projects would be funded via a bond issue or local bank financing thus increasing City Debt. The city council sent a clear message to Mayor Potter about his plan to continue the increase in city debt. Blog articles on city bond debt, 2009-2014 -  http://arklite.blogspot.com/search/label/Scottsboro%20Bond%20Issues

Committees: 1) Renovation of Veterans Field, $1 million; committee members - Councilman Gary Stewart, Mayor Potter, Mark Pepper. 2) Renovation of Swimming Pool, $1 million, committee members: Councilman Brent Miller, Mayor and one other. 3) Renovation of Fire Station #3, $500K; Councilman Tony Wallingsford, Mayor Potter, Fire Chief Nichols.4) Heritage Center Addition/Renovation, $500K, Councilman Keith Smith, Mayor Potter, Center Director Judy Weaver.
The committees are required to announce the date, time and meeting place of their committee meeting as required by the Revised Open Meetings Act. Council President Steward stated the committees would file their reports with the council by Feb. 1, 2016. 


UPDATE: JAN. 2, 2015 - NOTE TO THE SCOTTSBORO CITY COUNCIL - If you are going to serve the people, do your job professionally and to the best of your abilities, the citizen tax-payers of Scottsboro deserve nothing less.

Would it be possible to post a link to the City Council Rules of Order on the City's web site or on this Face Book site? (Note: This message was posted to the City of Scottsboro's Face Book site at https://www.facebook.com/City-of-Scottsboro-Alabama-166218866760540/?fref=ts  )

Posting of the Scottsboro City Council's rules of order are necessary since the City Council President did not make a formal statement regarding the dead issue of the Capital Projects, the issue died due to a lack of a motion. Unfortunately, the lack of a motion was not formally declared. Mr. Stewart immediately moved into the naming of committees to study and report to the council on the various projects of the Capital Projects Issue, but it was a dead issue due to a lack of a motion. A point of order should have been called by a member of the city council, this was not accomplished, the silence was deafening! Mr. Smith did question the dead issue, but even so, Mr. Stewart continued unchallenged,

There were also indications during the meeting and after the meeting that the issue had been pre-planned and a discussion had occurred prior to the council meeting about the course of action of the meeting which may be a violation of the open meetings act.

I thought the Council President’s conduct to be highly unusual and not within the normal meeting course of conduct and probably violated the rules of order, particularly since the issue died due to a lack of a motion. It would seem the proper course of action would have been to bring this issue forward at the next council work session for a discussion, then place the committee issue on the agenda at the next voting council meeting.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Jackson County Commission Regular Session - December 28, 2015


Jackson County Road Washouts. The Public Works Department worked most of Christmas Day and the day after to repair road washouts. Photographs by the County Engineer, Mr. Campbell, depicting some of the problems. Campbell related to me that some problems were discovered today.



Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Military Families - May God Bless You and All Who Serve and Have Served in our Armed Forces

I was touched by this 2009 video, it is important to remember that families also serve.

 At every military post/base you will find support organizations willing to help for the asking.

Family Assistance Sites on the web
Air Force Aid Society
Air Force Crossroads: Resource site for Air Force families
American Red Cross
Army Emergency Relief
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society:
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance
Fisher House: A national network of comfort houses providing a "home away from home" for families of patients receiving care at major regional military and VA medical centers.
Military.Com Reserve and Guard Family Support Info - http://www.military.com/spouse/military-life/military-resources/family-support-services.html
VFW Family Assistance - https://www.vfw.org/Assistance/Family-Assistance/
American Legion Family Assistance - http://www.legion.org/familysupport/assistance

In 99% of the communities nation wide you may find an American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) or American Red Cross, any of these organizations are ready and willing to help.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Scottsboro Mayor - The Saga Continues - Lawsuit Filed, Surveillance, Sexual Harassment UPDATE - Jan 25, 2016 Mayor files for Dismissal

Scottsboro Mayor Melton Potter (photo by G. Morgan)

A google search has revealed this story has nationwide news coverage.

Previous articles on this blog regarding this issue http://arklite.blogspot.com/search/label/Surveillance
My coverage of these events began on November 3, 2015. 
There is also a pending complaint filed with the State of Alabama Attorney General because of the failure to produce for examination public records and the probable tampering of public records related to this case.

Scottsboro Employee Chad Green, Plaintiff files lawsuit against Scottsboro Mayor Melton Potter, Defendant. The Lawsuit alleges - Count One Invasion of Privacy; Count Two Tort of Outrage; Count Three Defamation; Count Four Intentional Interference with a Contractor or Business Relation

In The Circuit Court of Jackson County Alabama - Chad Green  vs Melton Potter 
!2/21/2015 CV 2015-900261.00
(Click on image for an expanded view.)

 SCOTTSBORO, AL (WAFF) - "A lawsuit against Scottsboro's mayor reveals new information on the use of city funds for a private investigator. The lawsuit by a city employee claims the mayor used the money for personal reasons. The mayor is denying the allegations stated in the suit, but city employee Chad Green claims he's the victim of a vendetta that began after another city employee declined to have an affair with the mayor." http://www.waff.com/story/30814843/scottsboro-mayor-accused-of-hiring-private-investigator-for-personal-reasons

(photo by G. Morgan)

The mayor says: "As Mayor of the City of Scottsboro, I generally refrain from commenting on personnel-related matters. However, the scandalously false allegations made against me yesterday in a suit brought by city employee Chad Green, require a response. Mr. Green’s claims for damages are premised on alleged facts that are demonstrably false. Each claim of his complaint is totally without merit, and has been clearly made for the explicit purpose of damaging my reputation and embarrassing me politically. I will vigorously defend myself against these false allegations and I am confident that they will be dismissed in a court of law"  

Scottsboro's Daily Sentinel article by Danielle Wallingsford Kirkland "City Attorney Steve Kennamer states 'The City is not a party to this suit.""  http://thedailysentinel.com/feature_story/article_47904ae8-a900-11e5-8e41-e74501406843.html

OPINION - Based on my observations and interviews, the Scottsboro Mayor's biggest problem is himself. He has facilitated a hostile work environment and sexual discrimination in the work place. Personally, I do not believe a word this alleged political "leader" says about this situation and legal action. Thank goodness election time is right around the corner, hopefully the citizens will be done with his nonsense sooner than later.

Earlier Press Release from Potter as reported on WAFF 

UPDATE -  Mayor Files Motion to Dismiss

Woody Sanderson, Esq. filed a Motion to Dismiss last Wednesday, January 20, 2016. Mr. Sanderson is an Attorney with Lanier and Ford of Huntsville, Alabama. Mr. Sanderson has appeared before the Scottsboro City Council previously working with the City of Scottsboro updating its Employee/Personnel Handbook. 
Scottsboro's Daily Sentinel article by Danielle Wallingsford Kirkland "City Attorney Steve Kennamer states 'The City is not a party to this suit.""  http://thedailysentinel.com/feature_story/article_47904ae8-a900-11e5-8e41-e74501406843.html

The Motion to Dismiss is listed below (click on image for an expanded view).

Who is paying for Melton Potter's Attorney?

Jackson County Commission and Scottsboro City Council Work Session Meetings

Jackson County Courthouse, Facebook photo by J. Holt - Fair use for non-profit news reporting

Jackson County Commission Agenda


                              Scottsboro City Council Work Session

Scottsboro City Hall photo by G. Morgan

There were no agenda items. Mrs Brenda Ivey made presentation regarding the Heritage Center

Monday, December 21, 2015

BELLEFONTE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT Overcharges by Bellefonte Nuclear Plant Contractors - TVA Office of the Inspector General Findings, Summary

TVA's Dream, Ratepayers Nightmare, a four unit Bellefonte nuclear facility.
TVA photo graphic in their environmental impact statement, Fair Use Rights for non-profit news reporting.

TVA OIG smacks Bellefonte Nuclear Facility Contractors for over billing; unfortunately this is getting to be a habit as this isn't the first time the TVA OIG has investigated contractors for over billing. Fine them for the over billing and maybe the gross theft would stop. October 30, 2015 - VECTOR JV - Sargent & Lundy, L.L.C. - Contract No. 4483 - 2014-15232

As part of our annual audit plan, the OIG audited costs billed to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) by VECTOR. VECTOR is a joint venture between Bechtel Power Corporation and Sargent & Lundy, L.L.C. (S&L) that provided engineering services for Bellefonte Nuclear Plant Unit 1. Our objective was to determine if the $26.8 million in S&L costs paid by TVA from October 1, 2010, through December 31, 2012, were in accordance with the contract terms and conditions. In summary, we determined VECTOR overbilled TVA $322,535 for S&L's services. The overbilled costs included (1) $236,224 in excessive labor markup costs, (2) $50,685 in ineligible temporary living allowance and travel costs, (3) $14,171 in other ineligible costs, and (4) $21,455 in unsupported costs.

All blog articles within about the Bellefonte Nuclear Power Facility:  http://arklite.blogspot.com/search/label/Bellefonte%20Nuclear%20Power%20Plant

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Scottsboro City Council Regular Session and Work Session, December 14, 2015

Photo by G. Morgan

Regular Session Agenda
1. Public Hearing for Alcohol License - approved
2. Resolution for Public Transportation funds for Senior Center.-approved
3. Resolution to approve sign upgrades upon entering into the City of Scottsboro-approved
4.World Junior Bass Fishing Tournament, $12,500.00 approved
5. Fire Department Budget Amendment for Fire Truck - approved
Citizen presentation on refusal to produce government records for inspection



VIDEO Part 1

Muscular Dystrophy Association Appreciation to Scottsboro Fire Department;  Resolutions, Personnel Handbook secrecy - shhh, we will say nothing about something; Mayor Potter discusses Capital Projects, his plan equals more debt for the city but a windfall for Municipal Bond Companies and their employees reaping percentage profits. 

Part 2 Video

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Jackson County Commission Regular Session December 14, 2015 - More on Jackson County Community Corrections and Court Referral

Jackson County Courthouse South Side - photo by G. Morgan

More on the continuing issue of the Jackson County Community Corrections and Court Referral, video and significant violations of policies, conflicts of interest and evidence of Failed Quality Assurances Programs regarding Community Corrections and Court Referral drug testing protocols and documents submitted to the District Attorney for a Motion before the Jackson County Courts. 

Policy Regarding Drug Testing
Documents acquired via County Commission Documents Request previously refused by Community Corrections and Court Referral.
This policy indicates that the testing may be challenged by requesting a confirmation test be performed if the client/defendant requests the test. This would mean that the agency would have to notify the client/defendant if there was a positive test. There are instances where one or more client(s)/defendant(s) were never notified of a positive test or given the opportunity to challenge erroneous information which resulted in cancellation of probation after a months worth of Amended Motions and errors. Errors which were based on erroneous entries or false information as stated on motion documents before the court. This also demonstrates a failed Quality Assurance Program to insure there are no erroneous tests, scheduling errors, or violations of policies-standards and protocols resulting in problematic/erroneous court document entries.

Policy Regarding Conflicts of Interest
( Expand viewing -  click on the image.)
This policy states, "...agents representing the Board will have no financial interest direct or indirect which would conflict with services to the Board..." The Executive Director receives lease payments on the Community Corrections property which he owns, he benefits from his position as property owner as the Executive Director of the non-profit corporation. At least two Board member's profit from their vote or participation in decision making on the Board as they are executives and/or owner in the drug testing company and counseling service non profit organization. 
Reference previous articles on this blog in reference to Jackson County Community Corrections and Court referral:  http://arklite.blogspot.com/search/label/Jackson%20County%20Community%20Corrections%20and%20Court%20Referral

Update, December 16, 2015 - Threats on Face Book from Community Corrections and Court Referral Staff
This is a copy of Face Book postings from their organizational page which appears to violate their personnel policy.Threats from the Jackson County Community Corrections and Court Referral Face Book site on December 15, 2015. Link - https://www.facebook.com/JacksonCountyCourtReferralAndCommunityCorrections/info/?tab=overview

 Court Referral - Community Corrections, quote: December 15, 2015, 23 comments - "Jackson County Court Referral and Community Corrections Also. This is my page. I made this page for the convenience of my clients so that they would not have to call the number and getting a busy signal. If it becomes a page of a lot of negative comments, I will shut it down. Thank you." This may be described as misconduct, per their personnel handbook guidelines as it brings discredit on the organization. 

Another violation of their policy, referring to the video regarding - Jackson County Court Referral and Community Corrections at this link - http://arklite.blogspot.com/2015/12/jackson-county-commission-regular.html  Quote - from an official of the Jackson County Court Referral and Community Corrections - "Lol. Is that video all you've got. A video from a guy that doesn't know what he's talking about. Good luck. " (referring to me and the enclosed video)  Page 5 paragraph 1b in the Jackson County Community Corrections and Court Referral Inc. Handbook will cover this employees misconduct, "refraining from offensive and undesirable conduct which is not in the best interests of the organization."
My Face Book site home page where I discuss this issue. - https://www.facebook.com/garry.l.morgan.5

VIDEO of Presentation to County Commission about

 Community Corrections and Court Referral presented to the commission on December 14, 2015

                                    Commission AGENDA

VIDEO of Full Commission Meeting

Monday, December 7, 2015

Jackson County Commission Work Session - False Statements on Court Documents from Court Referral and Community Corrections Request for Oversight, Jackson County Fire Association, Public Works Projects

Jackson County Courthouse, South Side - photo by G. Morgan 


Part 1 video, Community Corrections and Court Referral request for oversight; Jackson County Fire Association Presentation neseds.

Local insanity - the war on drugs takes on new meaning.

Court Referral and Community Corrections is needed, but it must be controlled as a government organization and never allowed to be formed into a non-profit, non-accountable organization with no oversight.

 Organized crime in our local judicial system? False statements, false accusations, false motions - how many judgments have been based on false claims? The entire judicial system where Community Corrections and Court Referral has been involved, should face an intensive forensic audit.

Oversight is needed and this bastard court non-profit corporation must end. This non-profit judicial organization claims to be just like the First Baptist Church, their records are not subject to public inspection.

Photo by G. Morgan
Motion containing false information from the district Attorney's Office - The Defendants color, which was "watermelon" was not called on the day stated, the methadone accusation is false.. The false accusation is based on a false statement from the Court Referral Community Corrections office, but this isn't the only false statement on a court document which has been demonstrated as false. 

There must be changes to the Jackson County Court Referral and Community Corrections program, oversight is a must. Never should there be false information provided to the District Attorney’s Office from Court Referral and Community Corrections, which has occurred. 

Per the Code of Alabama, the Community Corrections and Court Referral System should be a county government managed organization with oversight under the laws of the State of Alabama; currently there is no oversight for this cash only operation. With no audits on file with the Alabama Department of Public Examiners since 2003 (Clarion article - http://www.theclarion.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9605:commission-requests-application-from-court-referral-&catid=42:clarion-rotation-stories&Itemid=142 ) the opportunity for corruption and misappropriation exists. Has misappropriation and corruption occurred - in my opinion YES. To demonstrate how it has occurred all one must do is look and read the IRS 990 form regarding Community Corrections 2013 filing and conflicts which exist with its director(s) and board membership. Board membership are in part the directors of the drug testing program, a business entity, and drug counseling programs, another non-profit entity receiving cash from those ordered to attend counseling from Community Corrections and Court Referral; other words, the non-profit Directors sitting on the Community Corrections Board profit from the contracts with drug testing and counseling services, they are the same people. The Director of  Community Corrections and Court Referral pays himself a hefty sum of money, estimated at approximately $87,000 annually since he owns the property of this parasitic non-profit organization. This filing may be found at  http://990s.foundationcenter.org/990_pdf_archive/631/631214254/631214254_201309_990.pdf?_ga=1.25720509.1859707969.1445884050

The filing of false statements before the court violates the law and compromises the entire judicial process. Poor people receive a minimalist defense in a court of law, then to have this type of judicial terrorism imposed on the poor is not right, it is beyond wrong, it is immoral and illegal.

Previous articles on this blog regarding the War on Drugs and Court Referral and Community Corrections:  http://arklite.blogspot.com/search/label/Jackson%20County%20Community%20Corrections%20and%20Court%20Referral

 Part 2 of the Jackson County Commission Work Session. Commissioner Ledwell donates $1000 from his salary to the Stevenson Public Library; Equipment purchases; land purchase at the County Park; Public Works road improvements and road classifications; speed limit discussion.

Friday, December 4, 2015

The Nuclear Zombie - NRC- ASLB Hearing on TVA 's Bellefonte Units 3 & 4 Docket 52-014COL & 52-015COL, near Scottsboro, Alabama

The Nuclear Zombie by Edwin Vazquez - Fair Use Rights for Non-Profit News Reporting
The Bellefonte Facility is the Nuclear Zombie - It feeds on your money.

 TVA Annual Financial Statement 10K Sep 30, 2015

(TVA Sep 2015 10K page 83 & beyond)TVA's Assets are listed as $48.825 billion; Cash flow of $300 million; TVA's Liabilities, includes long term debt, are listed at $48.825; TVA's Long term debt interest is $22.792; TVA's short term debt is $1.099 billion; TVA's VIE debt $1.328 billion; TVA Pension shortage is $6.027 billion.

The bottom line of TVA is this: Assets are near >>$49 billion, liabilities are near >>$80 billion, ten year trend indicates increasing liabilities. Only a complete fool would think TVA can afford Bellefonte 3&4. It is questionable if they can afford Bellefonte 1&2.

Currently, out to 20 years, TVA admits there is no power need for Bellefonte 1&2. Considering the financial situation of TVA and the estimated costs of a Bellefonte 3&4 which is currently running $10-$15 billion in todays dollars per unit. 30 years out, construction time if Bellefonte 3-4 began 10 years out, the cost would be at least 50% to 75% higher bringing the costs conservatively to $15 to $22 billion per unit. 

Nuclear decommissioning fund listed on page 137 is $700 million short by TVA's estimate.  TVA's balance on their decommissioning fund is $1.5 billion; the actual cost of decommissioning 1 nuclear plant would exceed $700 million by todays cost estimates and may run as high as $1 billion, decommissioning is not counted in the above figures.

TVA cannot afford BFN 3&4, nor is there a power need at this time out to 2033,  TVA IRP https://www.tva.gov/file_source/TVA/Site%20Content/Environment/Environmental%20Stewardship/IRP/Documents/2015_irp.pdf  . To continue this charade wastes everyone's time, efforts and valuable financial assets. The COL for BFN 3&4 should be immediately terminated.

Learn More about Bellefonte and the problem with nuclear power

Sound Track Videos - 2 Parts
Rockville, Maryland - December 4, 2015 NRC- ASLB Hearing on TVA 's Bellefonte Units 3 & 4 Docket 52-014COL & 52-015COL near Scottsboro, Alabama - Part 1 & 2 Video and Sound. All things about the Bellefonte Nuclear Facility on this blog. Including, how the "zombie" consumes your hard earned dollars.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Friendly City May Not Be So Friendly - How Friendly is Scottsboro if You Are Poor?

Scottsboro Police Department sleeve patch, "The Friendly City." Maybe if you have money and support the political figureheads skullduggery the City is very friendly to you or your Klickish-Klanish-Klutch.

The Iron Bowl - Alabama Auburn; Thanksgiving a time to enjoy family, friends and good food. 

Across our land, and specifically in Scottsboro Alabama, some attempt to cover-up the truth and hide the realities of tyrants who care for only themselves and their select group of people in their Klickish-Klanish-Klutches. You would think after all this time, the murder of a sheriff, the attempted lynching's of the innocent, continuous discrimination, terrorist threats, and the list goes on - folks in our Friendly City of Scottsboro would learn the lessons of their history. Unfortunately those who attempt to RULE the land, instead of govern for all of the people, have not learned their lessons of history.

Recent Stories about our City and County.

(Photo by G. Morgan

We should be very thankful for living in a land governed by corporate snakes and hypocrites instead of caring, Christian people (maximum sarcasm intended). I would like to think the opposite, but unfortunately recent events in our fair City of Scottsboro, Alabama have shown otherwise.

Some poor folks have to worry about their water being cut off Monday morning, once again, because the criminal land lord will not pay the bill, once again. The Water Board chooses to punish the poor tenants who have actually paid their water bill to the property owner. This reoccurring ridiculousness has been reoccurring for months on end.

Everyone has been contacted from the Water Board, the City Council, the Health Department, the State, the police – no effect. When I went to the Water Board I plead to their Christianity, “please, consider the poor, disabled the children; please don’t punish the poor innocent folks because of this landlords wrongful behavior.” What do these so called Christians do, turn the water off once again. Business before that which is needed for survival – WATER.

Is our nation becoming a land where the rich and influential have rights, the poor and less influential are trampled on by corporate government and the so called Christians with their puppet political figureheads. This ain't the church folk I was raised with, what has happened to moral values? Were they replaced with corporate political values of greed?

Links on this blog about the water issues  

II. Court Referral and Community Corrections - Corporate Courts and Profiteering Off of the Poor.

(Photo by G. Morgan)

Medicine and Courts - play a very important part in assuring substance abusers are reintegrated and become an important part of our communities free from the stranglehold of addiction. Unfortunately the formation of some programs have been abused. Within this article I will discuss this abuse as it relates to the Jackson County Court Referral and Community Corrections System.

Links on this blog about our corporate courts and their abuse by profiteers. 

III. Political Corruption, Sexual Harrassment, Misappropriation and The Cover-Up

(photo by G. Morgan)
I have submitted requests to inspect public documents related to the recent Sexual Harassment Surveillance Scandal carried forth by the Mayor of Scottsboro against employees of the City of Scottsboro. Some of the requests have been denied or the records wrongfully destroyed. 

Further documents and results of findings are available but will not be listed at this time due to ongoing inquiries and investigations.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Giving Thanks and Asking for Your Prayers - More on Court Referral and Community Corrections - Organized Crime

New York State Drug Court graphic - Fair Use Rights for non-profit news reporting and commentary.

Medicine and Courts - play a very important part in assuring substance abusers are reintegrated and become an important part of our communities free from the stranglehold of addiction. Unfortunately the formation of some programs have been abused. Within this article I will discuss this abuse as it relates to the Jackson County Court Referral and Community Corrections System. But before I discuss a local problem which I have been following and documenting for some period of time, I list this link from the National Institutes of Health regarding - "Substance Abuse Treatment for Adults in the Criminal Justice System - 7 Treatment Issues in Pretrial and Diversion Settings" Diversion and Treatment is discussed, professional medical treatment; not an excuse to enrich non-profit corporations. 

UPDATED, Dec. 29, 2015 local story - "The Family" and legitimized Organized Criminal Activity Supported by the Judiciary

I ask all for your prayers for those who will not be with their family and friends this holiday season. I also ask for your prayers for those who are abusing people and behave like lecherous criminals under the guise of law, they need help on a different level than justice may provide.

A non-profit, governmental  bastard organization of our courts. 
This abomination of so called government is a legalized criminal enterprise in Jackson County Alabama, in my opinion, and a former high ranking law enforcement official. It was not intended to be this way when the program was conceived. Now it is a scheme for those who pack their wallets with others addiction, pain and suffering. In the case of "The Family" Executive Director, Property Owner, Director son and wife who also work and are employed in this massive conflict of interest non-profit bastard government organization, part of the Jackson County Courts System reveals per IRS forms 990 non-profit entity filings the 501c3 entity pays the three family members, "The Family," approximately 60% + of the reported $372,000 income in one form or fashion.

Why in the hades, if you (Court Referral) think your clients/defendants have problems, take action and interview your client and refer to a health care inpatient facility, instead of jailing them???

Over Thanksgiving there was a young woman sitting in the Jackson County Jail who has made mistakes in her life, she was on probation for substance abuse, she attended classes, she attempted to do all that was asked of her. She was arrested for reporting for her urine test Monday when her color was called.

Upon review of the public records at the Jackson County Courthouse this is what I discovered about this young woman who I have followed intensively during her journey into the abyss of Court Referral and Community Correction's money making schemes.

 Her probation was revoked by Judge Donald Word on October 29, 2015. She could not afford the mounting charges, which her revocation motions continuously state -"Delinquency" although there is only three weeks of so called delinquency of payments to the non-profit court referral. Jackson County imprisons folks for debts owed to a Non-Profit Organization representing the courts of which the Court Referral claims, via their attorney, they are not accountable for a review of their records, "...they are just like the First Baptist Church."  But this is not all.

The person whose probation was revoked had been sick, she was taking over the counter medication to stop her coughing and flu. This was revealed to Court Referral, but it did not matter. In Alabama, since our governor disapproved of Medicaid, she cannot afford medical treatment. It was reported, via the several motions filed in District Court, (which has to be urine testing) it was discovered she had alcohol in her system. Court Referral did not mention once any concern or attempt to ascertain what was going on with her, was she sick, was she having problems? Nor did they attempt to counsel her, or contact her, which is standardized practice requirements to find out what was wrong. The client told them what she was taking for her cold and flu. By their own actions and statements, their motives are financial, not people oriented or a people/community concern. My allegations are demonstrated in their court filings.

Meeting all requirements of the color code system and her counseling attendance at the so called faux out patient counseling, the deceitful staff at Community Corrections/Court Referral stated in a motion that on a specific date she tested positive for Methadone. It was discovered the testing for Methadone was performed at the Family Crisis Center and the client was never notified of the test result to allow a retest. This was not discovered until she was arrested due to her probation revocation. This resulted in a review in her court record which demonstrated wrongful actions on the part of the local Court Referral and Prosecutors Office. The methadone claim was false. It was also stated she did not show up for a drug testing date, when a review was conducted, her color for the date stated she missed was not called

Interviews and inquiries of clients, families, previous employees and law enforcement reveal  many allegations of false missed dates, suspected false diluted urine and positive tests without an opportunity to challenge the screening test and probable chain of custody violations; these failures of protocol occur frequently. Drug Testing Management Program (DTMP) laboratories do not meet standards of operation for a laboratory that performs drug tests under the National Laboratory Standards Program as stipulated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. There are no certified laboratories in Alabama that meet standards of the above organizations (more below).

Update Dec 31, 2015 - It has also been discovered that there is at least one incidence of the Jackson County Courts interfering with treatment of a U.S. Army Veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, and substance abuse. Substance abuse is common among veterans suffering from PTSD. It has been reported to me that a Veteran of the Iraqi war was pulled out of treatment at the VA Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for substance abuse and PTSD. Arrested by the Jackson County Sheriffs Department per order from the District Court Judge, this veteran has not been tried, is out on a felony bond and under house arrest for failing to report to Court Referral and Community Corrections.It was further related to me that this defendant is to be placed into treatment at Pearson Hall, a short term treatment facility. It is not equipped or licensed to handle serious medical and psychiatric issues associated with PTSD and Substance Abuse. 

UPDATE - Dec 31, 2015 - Drug Court was held today in the "House of Cleckler," owner of the Drug Testing Management Program, DTPM, a non-certified testing facility that does not meet the state nor federal lab requirements for certification ( But that doesn't matter to our judiciary as long as the cash flows.); Director of the Family Life Counseling non-profit, and building owner; board member of the Jackson County Community Corrections Inc., along with his clinical director, other words they award contracts to themselves and profit from their non-profit associations. Previously I had not spoken of the Drug Court, until a non-convicted veteran was abused and Judge Graham decided to hold his Court on Private property owned by Cleckler, part of The Family" and associates crime syndicate - in mine and others, including retired law enforcement's opinion

Update Dec. 31, 2015 - Denial of Medical Treatment - "My loved one has been sitting in county jail since September 11, 2013 waiting toxicology report. On work release with community corrections. Waiting release of jail medical records so I can take him to dr to get his medicine. Jail will not give him meds since he is on work release. Been with out meds since June."

A review of Community Corrections policy revealed the Community Corrections personnel violate their own policies in several areas, specifically conflicts of interest and drug testing protocol. Reference Jackson County Punishment and Corrections Inc., effective date 10-1-2000 and revised 06-01-2015.and Jackson County Community Punishments and Corrections Inc. Personnel Guidelines (no date indicated). 

It has been discovered the Jackson County Court System in conjunction with Court Referral and Community Corrections jails clients and defendants for their inability to pay costs even though they have claimed in local media they do not do so. Link: http://thedailysentinel.com/news/article_fc50b5fc-9f92-11e5-a391-17bc9e9e15e8.html
The story had comments which have been removed and was open for public viewing, that has changed since the story was published. There is an attempt to hide the truth from the community at large regarding our local courts and this bastard corporate non-profit, non-accountable, organization called Court Referral and Community Corrections.

"The Family and Associates" - Conflicts and greed based court referrals and corrections.  
The Director of Court Referral owns the property where Court Referral/Community Corrections resides, IRS documents indicate he pays himself approximately $85,000 per annum for the lease of the property to the court referral non-profit. That is not counting his lucrative salary and the salary of his relatives employed there. The third picture, Family Life Counseling and the Drug Testing Program Management (DTPM) service executives are also the directors of the Corrections and Court Referral organization, the same folks are, in part, the same folks who would vote on contracts for counseling and drug testing services as board members of the non-profit. 

Municipalities and Counties utilizes the DTPM company for drug testing. The DTPM lab does not meet State of Alabama nor Federal Standards for employee drug testing,  Code of Alabama 25-8-335, but yet local courts accept DTPM  tests in a court of law. 

More on the so called War on Drugs and the local Court Referral mismanagement: . http://arklite.blogspot.com/search/label/Jackson%20County%20Community%20Corrections%20and%20Court%20Referral

The War on Drugs is a Failure https://news.vice.com/article/americas-top-cops-just-called-the-war-on-drugs-a-tremendous-failure  organized crime corporate entities established by the state and supported by local judiciaries facilitate criminal activity in corporate created bastard non-profit court entities. Meanwhile, substance abusers do not receive the crucial, qualified medical help they need.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Jackson County Commission Regular Meeting - Revised County Budget, November 23, 2015

Commissioners Ledwell and Guffey were absent.

Jackson County Commission Revised Budget as of Nov. 23, 2015
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