Montana Board Of Pardons And Parole Paid For Accreditation Award
At the July 10th, Law and Justice Interim Committee, Ms.Fern Osler – Executive Director of the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole made much to do over the Board’s ACA Accreditation. She has brought it up at every single meeting last year, and at the Judiciary Hearings this past session, a big opponent of the new SJR3 Study. An in depth study of the parole board. The board went about showing off that certificate like it meant everything. If you look at their website, you will see how they try to exemplify and surround this whole certificate as a means of justification that the state of Montana does not need to do an internal study. That their behavior has been above board and legit.
Let’s take a look at ACA, known as American Correctional Association .
ACA is an incarceration industry booster organization. Its accreditation is somewhat like the Academy Awards where the entertainment industry gathers to congratulate itself. ACA accreditation is available only to ACA members. It’s fee based, not honorific based.
Here you can apply or renew your membership online, download a printable application and update your current membership information.
ACA ‘s Gift Membership Program – You can even purchase it as a gift for someone else, a co-worker, a family member. (Are you serious?)
The Accreditation Fee Letter shows that as of 1/1/2009 that on top of membership fees, the fee for the accreditation process is $3000 per day + $1500 per auditor, apparently aside from travel reimbursement, for a 3-year accreditation. If that was for 2009, what is the price now? You can get a “whole household” membership. ACA Membership Page
Fern Osler has this to say on the Montana Board Of Pardons And Parole Website.
The process of having your peers evaluate what you are doing within the field and then having them find your work is outstanding by definition of the Accreditation Standards is rewarding. The Board wishes to thank all staff for their hard work in making this happen. Ultimately, it is the citizens of the State of Montana that benefit by knowing the Parole process in Montana is working well. The new report on accreditation is available below.
Excuse me? Paid peers, that is taking their money, the taxpayers money, your money.
It seems like it would be a good question for the legislative to ask Ms. Osler how much the Board paid for its last accreditation, that is good all the way through 2016? How much did they pay for the Award and the Letter?
The Montana Board of Pardons And Parole goes on to state how many they release, 6 out of 10. Sounds like someone is fudging the books or keeping a second set of books, as seen here:
Montana’s Board Of Pardons And Parole And Their Gang.
There are 72% that are eligible for parole and never get looked at, 60% that are denied parole the first time round and 94% that are returned to prison on a violation of probation due to technical issues. We hear from families and from Department of Correction officers that the parole board lets out those that they know will fail, which is why they have such a high recidivism rate. They also use ridiculous reasons to return an inmate to prison. We have been collecting much data, tons of documentation to give you examples of these situations where they are sending people back to prison. Be on the lookout for that upcoming series. Montana Prison Families are coming together strong, to prove that the legislature is being hoodwinked, that the state of Montana is being hoodwinked also. It’s more than just the families, many groups and advocates network and discuss all the time what a great problem and mess this is.
This man John Ward, who was on the parole board as seen here Montana Parole Board threatened the wife of an inmate in the corridor of the Montana Capitol. That is a civil threat, that was acted upon and is a criminal felony by law. This board member attended the hearing, he did not speak up at the Capitol after the threat was made known and he just termed out of the position. John Ward Businessman 3/10/2009 -1/1/2013. Before this position he was a state legislator, as seen here.
But the state department allows this kind of behavior, threats and harassment via computers out of the capitol. If this were you or I, we would have already been arrested and sitting in a Montana jail. But the good ole’ boys club lets it ride, once again.
So, who is monitoring this group of people that have to answer to no one? Who are now the Gods Above The Law.