Friday, January 16, 2015

Affirmative Action Gone Wild



The end result of radical affirmative actions programs.
Xadrian McCraven has a criminal record that includes numerous convictions. He is known to be connected to criminal street gangs. Yet the state of IL hired him to work for the Department of Children and Family Services.
In 2012, he was fired for sending hundreds of lewd e-mails.
Then he was hired by the IL Department of Corrections and given a salary of $111,432. When it was discovered that he lied on the application about having a criminal record, he was fired. Now the state is demanding that he be re-instated.
His name also appears on a list compiled by the notorious Rod Blagojevich. This is the former Illinois Governor that was accused of selling government jobs. Public records show that McCraven has donated $1,500 to Democratic candidates.
Illinois officials still want to fire a man with a troubled work history, criminal convictions and a history of street gang affiliations from his $111,432-a-year job in the Illinois system.
Shaer said McCraven has a long and troubled history working for the state. In fact, he has been fired twice from state jobs.
Corrections officials fired McCraven in January 2014 after a newspaper reported he had been arrested many times. He’d previously been fired, in 2012, from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Published reports indicated he was fired in 2012 after it came to light that he had been sending hundreds of lewd and inappropriate emails.
McCraven appealed that firing, and Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration decided to rehire him because of the cost of fighting the appeal, Shaer said.
In order to achieve racial balance, the city of New York has dramatically reduced standards for corrections officers. 35% of new corrections officers hired in NYC last year have major red flags.
One applicant to be a New York City correction officer had been fired from his last job as a security guard for stealing. Another admitted he had regularly socialized with gang members. Another had debts of more than $400,000.
Yet all those candidates and dozens like them were hired last year to be part of the force overseeing nearly 11,000 inmates on Rikers Island, according to a year-long city probe of jail hiring practices released Thursday.
The probe found systemic problems with the Department of Correction hiring system, including no recruiting strategy for the past six years that allowed an alarmingly high number of hires who had arrest records, gang ties or other red flags that are markers for corruption.
Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters said the chronic problems of violence, smuggling and bribery that plague the city jails can all be traced to the character and qualifications of the employees.
“Unless you have consistently qualified correction officers, solving the other problems we care about is an almost insurmountable task,” Peters said.
“This is just a function of, for a decade, hirings and screenings and investigations being ignored.”
City investigators randomly pulled 153 application files of guards hired last year and found that 54 — or 35 percent — “presented significant red flags that should have either precluded their hiring outright or required further follow-up.”

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