Sunday, February 24, 2019

Corruption. Corruption is a global issue. February 2019

Corruption is a global issue. 

In the U.S. Systems designed with at a minimum three major components:   monitoring\detection, prosecution, and incarceration. 

Other nations do have monitoring\detection established, but little if any prosecution or incarceration.   Without use of entire components corruption has an appearance of cultural acceptance and a way of doing business. 

Make the change.

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Ex-Montgomery County official gets 4 years in federal prison for embezzling $6.7 million

Peter Bang, front, walks into the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in Greenbelt on Friday with his lawyer, Gerald W. Kelly Jr. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

February 22
Byung Il “Peter” Bang, the former Montgomery County economic development official who admitted to stealing $6.7 million from the county, was sentenced Friday to four years in prison.
In a hearing that stretched for more than two hours, U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis underscored the seriousness of the offense — which she called a “doozy” — while also noting Bang’s role as a devoted husband and father, and his efforts to seek help for the gambling addiction that prosecutors say motivated him to steal from government coffers.
“This was a purposeful plan that involved the largest theft in Montgomery County history, and I cannot look away from that,” Xinis said.
Bang pleaded guilty Nov. 16 to two federal charges — one of wire fraud and the other of fraud and false statements — and to state charges of a theft scheme over $100,000 and misconduct in office. Sentencing in the state case is scheduled for next month.

In the moments before Xinis made her ruling, Bang addressed the court, repeatedly saying he took “full responsibility” for the years-long theft. But he quibbled with some points raised during the hearing, arguing, for example, that a shell company prosecutors say he set up to further the scheme was actually initially created for legitimate purposes.
“At this point, I have no excuse,” Bang told the judge, lawyers and spectators in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in Greenbelt. “I want to express remorse, shame and offer apologies to my former employer and colleagues.”
He said he hasn’t gambled since 2016 and has been undergoing treatment with a psychologist, who diagnosed him as a “compulsive gambler with deep-rooted emotional and mental issues.”
Prosecutors had asked Xinis to sentence Bang to five years on the first federal charge, with an additional three years to run concurrently on the second.
Xinis imposed a 48-month sentence for the first charge and 36 months for the second, to be served concurrently. She said his state sentence also should be served concurrently.
“He has arguably put a black mark on Montgomery County,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Sullivan, noting that Bang stole from a department tasked with bringing economic development to the Maryland suburb of 1.1 million people. “Are businesses going to come to Montgomery County when they know this type of malfeasance has occurred?”
Bang’s wife, Youn Jung, and his pastor both spoke at the hearing, emphasizing his role as a family man, albeit with psychological issues.
In a soft, halting voice, his wife recounted her life with him. “I asked him why, and my husband said, ‘I don’t know,’” she said as Bang stared straight ahead, his fingers interlaced before him.
Bang’s attorney, Gerald W. Kelly Jr., of Columbia, had requested three years in prison for his client.
“A gambling addiction and untreated mental health condition directly related to his conduct,” Kelly said to the judge. “Mr. Bang stands before this court with sincere remorse for his crimes.”
But Deputy County Attorney John Markovs, speaking for Montgomery County, called Bang’s crime “a case of public corruption at the highest level.”
“While Mr. Bang may be a loving husband and father, that belies his intentions,” Markovs said. “His embezzlement of county money is not a victimless crime.”

Friday, February 22, 2019

Destroy an organization from within. A few hinders. February 2019

Many hinders organizations should avoid.

BEMA International was conceived to avoid these pitfalls at all costs.

CDS.  CEO BEMA International


·        Insist on doing everything through “channels.”  Never permit short-cuts to be taken in order to expedite decisions.
·        Make “speeches.”  Talk as frequently as possible and at great length. Illustrate your “points” by long anecdotes and accounts of personal experiences.
·        When possible, refer all matters to committees, for “further study and consideration.”  Attempt to make the committee as large as possible — never less than five.
·        Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently as possible.
·        Haggle over precise wordings of communications, minutes, resolutions.
·        Refer back to matters decided upon at the last meeting and attempt to re-open the question of the advisability of that decision.
·        Advocate “caution.” Be “reasonable” and urge your fellow-conferees to be “reasonable” and avoid haste which might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on.
·        In making work assignments, always sign out the unimportant jobs first. See that important jobs are assigned to inefficient workers.
·        Insist on perfect work in relatively unimportant products; send back for refinishing those which have the least flaw.
·        To lower morale and with it, production, be pleasant to inefficient workers; give them undeserved promotions.
·        Hold conferences when there is more critical work to be done.
·        Multiply the procedures and clearances involved in issuing instructions, pay checks, and so on. See that three people have to approve everything where one would do.
·        Work slowly.
·        Contrive as many interruptions to your work as you can.
·        Do your work poorly and blame it on bad tools, machinery, or equipment. Complain that these things are preventing you from doing your job right.
·        Never pass on your skill and experience to a new or less skillful worker.

Charles D. Sharp
Chief Executive Officer
Black Emergency Managers Association 
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Change without Sacrifice is an Illusion.  Lisa Ellis

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Get Your Passport. Now. February 2019

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Find a Passport Event in a City Near You

Whether you’re traveling overseas or in need of a government-issued ID, getting your U.S. passport is the answer. To make it easier to apply, special passport fairs will be popping up in cities across the country in the next few months. In most cases, appointments are not required and Saturday hours are available. If you can't find a passport fair close to you, explore to learn where you can apply for a passport near you, rules for children under 16, fees associated with getting a passport, and more!
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National REENTRY Resource Center. SCA Highlights, Publications, Funding Opportunities

SCA Highlights, Publications, Funding Opportunities, and more.

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Berkeley Study Shines Light on the Pressures of Being a Corrections Officer

It’s widely known that jails and prisons can be violent and stressful places to work. But the well-being of corrections officers, while a priority for corrections departments across the country, has rarely been the subject of formal study.
This is a gap that Dr. Amy Lerman at the University of California, Berkeley; the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) union; and the CCPOA Benefit Trust Fund aim to fill.
“We started this project because we want to better understand the impact of the work environment on our members and the research wasn’t there,” said Stephen Walker, director of Governmental Affairs for the CCPOA union.


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Legislation to Fund the Federal Government for Fiscal Year 2019 Includes $87.5M for Second Chance Act

President Trump signed the omnibus fiscal year 2019 spending bill, which provides $30.9 billion for the U.S. Department of Justice and includes $3.02 billion for various state and local law enforcement assistance grant programs.

Funding Opportunities

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Second Chance Act Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children

This program provides funding to promote and expand services for incarcerated parents and their children under the age of 18 as well as helps children of incarcerated parents gain more access to services that support their needs. The deadline to apply is April 15. 

Innovations in Supervision Initiative–Community Corrections-Led Violence Reduction Grant Program

This grant program is inviting proposals from states, localities, and federally recognized tribal jurisdictions to serve as models for probation and/or parole partnerships with law enforcement and/or prosecuting agencies to reduce violent crime and recidivism among people under supervision. The deadline to apply is March 8. 


Featured Publications and Resources

Upcoming Events

2019 Legislative Conference
National Association of Counties
Mar. 2–6, Washington, DC

2019 Winter Training Institute
American Probation and Parole Association
March 7–13, Miami, FL

Second Chance Act Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children Program [New Applicant Webinar]
Mar. 15

Twelfth Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health
Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health
Mar. 21–22, Las Vegas, NV
Twenty-fifth Annual Conference
National Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities
Apr. 29–May 1, Cleveland, OH

Thirty-eighth Annual Conference and Jail Expo
American Jail Association
May 18–22, Louisville, KY

2019 Transforming Juvenile Probation Certificate Program
Annie E. Casey Foundation, CSG Justice Center, and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
Nov. 4–8, Washington, DC

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2016-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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