Sunday, December 15, 2002

Dept of Corrective Services: Rotten Ron Woodham on the ropes

Commissioner Of Corrective Services?

Friends in oppression and tribulation:

This is The Freeedom Of Speech and The Press in a goldfish-bowl! Herr Goebells has spoken. Zieg Heil! (Which means, actually: "aim-for health!" incidentally)Apologies for not making meetings ... my first experiences with Woodham (then a -screw-gestapo-minor-with-a-friendly-dog - AND YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN EVEN HIS DOG DOESN`T LIKE HIM?)

Were semi-comic. Without a lie: his dog was always stoked to see me.Then Ro(t)n put a muzzle and short-lead on him so he couldn't greet or lick me. Ro(t)n had his bosses select me as a regular for searches for drugs in the MTC in `77 because of my musicianship, dreads and beard and media-activities.

Conditions were much better in those days because many prisoners were native-sons in for only pot or narcotics-related offences as the drug-war heated-up through the seventies/eighties and nearly a third of a generation of us were targeted by police continuously throughout our teens and twenties: we had the public's empathy, which reflected in the prison-statistics: less crowded gaols, in spite of a reactionary-media and exploitive politicians.

Somebody (maybe me) nicknamed Ro(t)n "the fox" because of those eyes of his. Used to re-arrange the furniture every Sunday night after he turned me over. Would've preferred studying and sleeping - playing music and smoking and reading. Same as usual, but I was a criminal -and dealing is what most officers of authority in NSW relish most - a `criminal to be dealt-with`.

Never underestimate the literary-value of legal or popular-press-cliche-phrasing, or the spin-off lingual-historical cultural-determinations, their results in society. Dig it?

Codes of corruption built into what Somerset Maughm described as "... the greatest democracy in the world, where nobody is beyond corruption." Except nobodies.

I bet Ro(t)n still looks the same as then - in short, like any fox: crazy, dangerous when cornered. Speaking of which, how on Earth did he survive the Rex Jackson Affair?

Could this be his Achilles-Heal? Any research? (Please forward any information about (former?) M.T.C. Parole Probation Officers John Henkelmann and Colleen Sutherland a.s.a.p. - Are EITHER still ambient in The Department?

Anybody know where these hoodlums can be found at present?) Any Dirt on the record? Any witnesses with guts? (Can anyone their spell Ackilles?) he was buyable or `shonky`, as I heard it - as indirectly phrased by him to me, ie.: ".. if you want me to "visit" less, we can talk about it ..." -even back then? (Perhaps he wanted me to nark for him ... but I never forgot that). Defamatory? Him? Ha. You must be joking! How do you defame a fox? Ergo, the old Boogaboo in the corrective services is still there strong and nasty as ever and my impressions were right last time through.

`The Ron Woodham Memorial Library` gave me false hopes when I saw it at first. How egotistical can you get? Pre-Posthumous Departmental-Civic-Engineering-Projects?! And obviously Fly-By-Night, with public-money doing the flying into private-pockets. Who does he think he is Sadam Husein? Someone-like, "Rotten from the bottom to the top" was exactly the phrase that came to my mind ... which I see paraphrases John Ryan`s sentiments. Who I will be contacting.

Ps still miss the sea, bush and dessert.

By Jae Placing 15 December 2002


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