Tuesday, January 18, 2011



NOT THAT REALITY MATTERS TO A CON-ARTIST CONVICT, DRUNK, AND/OR PROMOTER OF PORNOGRAPHY, RACISM AND HOMOPHOBIA - BUT HERE IT IS

I will never defend the current system for commissary contracts in our county jails.  I have been hearing these same stories for over 20 years.  In fact a Dallas County sheriff was indicted over matters related to the contracts, only to have his indictment dismissed after the election.  The real problem is, there is no viable solution.  But what is happening in Cameron County is happening all over Texas.  It is the same story over and over again.  It is simply dishonest to suggest this is a Cameron County problem - but then again we are dealing with a con-artist convict, drunk and promoter of pornography, racism and homophobia using prisoners as pawns for their own political ends.

THERE IS NO CONSPIRACY BETWEEN THE SHERIFF AND CONTRACTOR TO KEEP THE JAIL COLD SO THAT THE PRISONERS HAVE TO BUY CLOTHES - IN FACT THE ACCUSATION IS NOT ONLY BIZARRE IT IS RECKLESS

Just this past week the Federal Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a jury verdict against Dallas County over the issue.   http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/09/09-10660-CV0.wpd.pdf

The reason jails and hospitals are unreasonably cold is a matter of public health.  It holds down the spread of viruses and bacteria.  Jails have to be either very ventilated like the tent city jail in Arizona, or freezing cold such as we have in Cameron County.  If the jail is not freezing cold, viral and bacterial infections can develop and spread- thereby causing the taxpayers to be exposed to lawsuits.

AND YES WE ALL BELIEVE SHERIFF LUCIO IS RUNNING UP THE ELECTRIC BILL SO THAT THE LOCAL CONTRACTORS CAN MAKE MONEY - THIS BELIEF IS THE RESULT OF BRAIN DAMAGE

When I go to the commissary at the VA in San Antonio I rarely buy anything because they are more expensive than Walmart - even  for underwear.  A lot of veterans do not do comparative shopping and think that because everything is tax free they are saving money.  in all likelihood they are paying more.  WHY?  Because Walmart gets bigger volume discounts than the Veterans Administration.

A small time vendor  cannot possibly compete with Walmart.  When they buy their inventory it will probably cost almost as much as if they buy it directly from Walmart.  This is an unfortunate reality.

I do not want our various Sheriff Departments running the commissary. Their job is law enforcement - not running a discount store for inmates.  So while I agree the system is unfair - in over 20 years of debate no one has ever come up with a better solution.  Any small time vendor is going to face the same problems - no volume discounts when they buy their merchandise for the prisoners.  The state could pass a law which mandates a maximum mark-up, but Texas being Texas this will not happen. 

If these complainers really cared about the issue they would realize it is a statewide issue and try and seek change through the legislature wherein the mark-up is capped at a certain percentage.  This is something I would certainly support.  But when you use the prisoners as pawns for your own political agenda- you are a con-artist, a drunk, and/or a promoter of pornography, racism, and homophobia

Just setting the facts straight.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

This makes sense. They are claiming that there was favoritism in selecting a vendor- do you think this is true?

BobbyWC said...

even after a federal judge found no evidence to support their claims of kick-backs and Quintanilla effectively admitted in open court he had no evidence to support his claims of kick-backs they continued the argument because they lie.

they have yet to produce one piece of evidence to support their claim of favoritism - they have none - someone gets the contract and someone else does not.

If the sheriff department gets a % of the sales then the costs will be higher - you would prefer taxes go up to make up for the loss revenue to the sheriff's department if prices go down/

It is a trade off

Why do they raise this issue - i tis a distraction from the corrupt 4 - look Zayas and Cortes are crooks so ignore the corrupt 4 - proof Zayas or Cortez have ever done anything wrong - none - as is always the story

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Are Zayas and Cortez in the General Store business? Why do lawyers get these contracts, instead of businesses that iare already selling underwear?
Just wondering?

BobbyWC said...

It is not always lawyers - and Cortez is not a lawyer -

being a lawyer does not mean you do not have businesses outside your practice of law - that is just silly.

My view for over 20 years has been we need a cap on mark-ups and an open and transparent method for bidding the contracts.

There is no evidence of wrong doing in cameron County.

The legislature can make it better but they will not because no one is advocating for the prisoners

Also - some of teh items do not have large mark-ups but are hard to come by because they are for inmates -

If they are like dallas they cell these warmer things so the inmates can make noodles - these are not a common item and cost money.

The price which should always be affordable is paper and pens - this is important so that they can communicate with their family, and file handwritten documents with the court

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Simple solution: Ask the American Red Cross if they want to do it. Even the Nazi's let POW's get essential item care packages from them during WWII. It seems fitting, and it leaves no one room to bitch.