Scandal in Arizona
by Meche' Williams '19
On Monday, January the 8th, 2018 a private prison firm agreed to pay $550,000 to be split with the 16 women who came forward and complained in 2012 as well as make multiple reforms to policies and training. Between 2006-2012 is the timeframe for the complaints of sexual harassment at the prisons that the female correction officers reported. The lawsuit stated that the female employees were forced to undergo pinching, kissing, and lewd positions, along with other abuses that happened at two correctional facilities for years in Florence, filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. Also, the EEOC news said male guards used “scurrilous language” and putting the victims down or requested sexual acts.
Mary Jo O’Neill, the EEOC regional attorney in Phoenix said “sexual harassment had no place in the work environment… This kind of misconduct is degrading and inexcusable… We are proud of these women for standing up and helping to end this sexually hostile work environment.” In addition, a GEO group agreed to send letters to the 16 women of regret and employment references, review harassment policies, make sure complaints are properly investigated, and designate that some harassers are ineligible to rehire. A Florida-based GEO group watches over Central Arizona Correctional Facility and the Arizona State Prison West Facility where the misconduct happened. Also on Monday, GEO group stated they have “zero tolerance” for sexual harassment in all its facilities. Since then, they have implemented additional requirements including enhanced training, reporting, and monitoring. Arizona Republic found out that from 2009 to 2014 the department paid $2.55 million to settle harassment and other workplace complaints which is more than any other state agency.
New Mexico Crime Becoming Known
by Shawn McCraith '18
Crime is no joke, especially when a state climbs into the rankings of the highest crime ridden state in the country, or when they are referenced to in a rap song for clout purposes. Clout is a term rappers use to show they are the illest to spit, in other terms meaning they can rap and get away with certain actions. Rapping about crime is the exact way to build clout and New Mexico’s crime rate is no joke. The famous rappers Nicki Minaj and Futuristic included New Mexico on a verse about murders and it certainly fits. Crime in New Mexico has climbed in the past year due to Albuquerque’s crime rates. The FBI reported rising rates of violent and property crimes in one of New Mexico’s most populous cities, Albuquerque. A Supreme Court order that affected only the Albuquerque area is part of the reason why crime has risen so much since 2015. The order was to reduce the population in jails by moving through court cases quickly and inadvertently created problems for the Albuquerque Police Department. While the crime had risen in the cities of New Mexico, it had dropped in the suburban and rural areas throughout the state. Albuquerque has set the record for the highest number of homicides in a single year finishing the year of 2017 off with more than 70 homicides. The number of homicides has not been that high since 1996, where the numbers reached 70, but is considered to be higher because Albuquerque has 140,000 fewer residents today than in the 90’s. When it comes down to murders, New Mexico takes the cake and stomps any other runner up into the dirt, Nicki Minaj referring to New Mexico murders was meant for the danger that could be lurking in any city you visit.
Mother Murders Her Family
by Mariah Tso '21
In Galveston,Texas a mother killed her husband and two sons, then turned the gun on herself. The mother Flor de Maria Pineda, 37 shot her husband Mauricio Morales, 39, their 10-year-old son Mauricio, Jr. and 5-year-old son David. But only 3 of them are dead and 1 severely hurt. The Galveston police said the case was a murder suicide and they are not looking for anyone.They were shot at the San Luis Resort. Hotel authorities said they dispatched police to the room, who said they found a man and two children in the bed, unresponsive, and a woman on the floor who also appeared to be shot.
A guest in a nearby room was who called the police. The guest was on the eighth floor, the same floor the incident took place. The guest called police about 4:30 a.m. and reported popping sounds. The popping sounds were most likely from the gunshots that Flor de Maria Pineda shot her family with. When officers entered the locked room they found the man and two boys in bed with apparent gunshot wounds and the woman on the floor, also with a gunshot wound. But the police don't know what caused Flor de Maria Pineda to kill her husband and two sons. On People Crime they reportedly said the killer For de Maria Pineda was a religious woman who may have suffered from depression. They also said if anyone who they knew her was earnestly religious and she had been a member at Iglesia Cristo Viene which is located in her hometown Baytown, Texas.
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