CMC guard sentenced for selling contraband

August 25, 2013

CMCshadowA California Men’s Colony guard who sold contraband to inmates was sentenced to 30 days in jail for accepting a bribe.

Kevin Jon Venema, 50, pled guilty to one count of accepting a bribe.

In September, CMC internal affair’s investigators asked Venema to respond to allegations he was selling tobacco and cellphones to inmates. A search revealed Venema had three bags of tobacco in his lunchbox, six cellphones hidden inside his protective vest and several prescription drugs in a container.

In his vehicle, investigators found 24 rounds of .38-caliber bullets, a machete, an altered protective vest and several pocketknives.

Venema told officials he had been going through a “dark period,” because of a divorce, financial issues and a child’s battle with leukemia.

California prison inmates are not permitted to have cell phones, tobacco or drugs. Even so, cell phones have become abundant in prisons. In 2010, prison officials confiscated 10,761 cell phones inside California prisons.


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This clown should lose his retirement or have it severely reduced. When government employees decide to break the law like this it should really hurt.

isn’t that how we re-write the history books?

that is, leaving out the 2nd paragraph of FDR’s speech

Another reason for cameras in secure areas of the prison, to watch the guards and other contractors, but as long as the guard union gives money to elected officials it will never happen.

No doubt unions have become the boogy man of this Country, They have destroyed manufacturing, auto industry, education, medical, and now our government, May they all rest in peace with their corruption, the new form of the mafia, they give you political money you protect this cause or that group…

hey this particular union is very powerful even the FBI find them difficult to investigate, corcoran

An FBI investigation into the matter still continues.

Even progressive icon FDR knew that unionized labor in the public sector was a bad idea. For once he was right about something.

FDR very popular President of the UNITED (emphasis) ahem yes he did

” The desire of Government employees for fair and adequate pay, reasonable hours of work, safe and suitable working conditions, development of opportunities for advancement, facilities for fair and impartial consideration and review of grievances, and other objectives of a proper employee relations policy, is basically no different from that of employees in private industry. Organization on their part to present their views on such matters is both natural and logical, but meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the Government. [. . .]

Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees. Upon employees in the Federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people, whose interests and welfare require orderliness and continuity in the conduct of Government activities. This obligation is paramount. Since their own services have to do with the functioning of the Government, a strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable. It is, therefore, with a feeling of gratification that I have noted in the constitution of the National Federation of Federal Employees the provision that “under no circumstances shall this Federation engage in or support strikes against the United States Government.”

FDR was just sayin

I love how you left out the ENTIRE second paragraph, zaphod. Between the “[. . .]” and the “Particularly” paragraph, you should have included THIS ACTUAL QUOTE:

All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.