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“Tier Talk” is a radio program that looks at corrections from a international level. Topics will vary in relationship to all aspects of the correctional realm (training, privitization, leadership, equality with other law enforcement agencies, gender related issues, PREA, county vs. state vs. federal, etc). The show will feature guest who represent corrections, in multiple facets, and will highlight an active dialogue which can be seen as highly informative, as well as entertaining. Expert guest on each related topic will be brought on the show to help inform the listener about the truth behind these prison walls. Tuning in to our show will open your eyes to the reality of those who are the “keeper” of the “kept”. So, enter with me, and see corrections from the perspective of those who walk the tier and remain eye to eye with the evil that society fears the most.

“Tier Talk” is a radio program that looks at corrections from a international level. Topics will vary in relationship to all aspects of the correctional realm (training, privitization, leadership, equality with other law enforcement agencies, gender related issues, PREA, county vs. state vs. federal, etc). The show will feature guest who represent corrections, in multiple facets, and will highlight an active dialogue which can be seen as highly informative, as well as entertaining. Expert guest on each related topic will be brought on the show to help inform the listener about the truth behind these prison walls. Tuning in to our show will open your eyes to the reality of those who are the “keeper” of the “kept”. So, enter with me, and see corrections from the perspective of those who walk the tier and remain eye to eye with the evil that society fears the most.
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Paterson, NJ

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“Tier Talk” is a radio program that looks at corrections from a international level. Topics will vary in relationship to all aspects of the correctional realm (training, privitization, leadership, equality with other law enforcement agencies, gender related issues, PREA, county vs. state vs. federal, etc). The show will feature guest who represent corrections, in multiple facets, and will highlight an active dialogue which can be seen as highly informative, as well as entertaining. Expert guest on each related topic will be brought on the show to help inform the listener about the truth behind these prison walls. Tuning in to our show will open your eyes to the reality of those who are the “keeper” of the “kept”. So, enter with me, and see corrections from the perspective of those who walk the tier and remain eye to eye with the evil that society fears the most.

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English


Episodes

What is the code of silence? What is the Blue Wall?

2/22/2018
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I was asked earlier today about the code of silence and what does it mean (Blue Code). This is a very tough question to answer because there are so many perspectives that have to be addressed. With that said, this video is an attempt to answer that question which was asked by a faithful viewer. So tonight on Tier Talk, Anthony Gangi discusses the code of silence. Don’t forget to join us on our discord page and take part in our live discussions. Click the link below and join us....

Duration:00:16:28

There is no room for cowardice in Corrections.

2/16/2018
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There is no room for cowardice in Corrections. Recent attacks on corrections staff stress the important need to have each other's back. Corrections is a profession that only few can be effective. This profession will test you. Please take the time to evaluate yourself and ask yourself if this is a profession you can handle. Don't wait until the moment arises to realize you are not able to stand ground in this profession.

Duration:00:04:33

Don’t be a fire starter. Have control of who you are at all time remain professional.

2/13/2018
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There is no room for fire starters in Corrections. Corrections is an environment that is highly tensed and easily excitable. The last thing we need in corrections is someone who adds fuel to the fire. Listen in as Anthony Gangi, Host of Tier Talk, discusses fire starters. Fire starters are staff members who add look to excite matters as oppose to de-escalation.

Duration:00:07:30

In the aftermath of a tragedy, a true hero arises.

2/9/2018
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Meggan Callahan was a Sgt who life was ended by an inmate in April of 2017. Since then, Wendy Callahan, Sgt. Meggan Callahn’s Mother, has been a voice for those brave men and women who work in North Carolina Corrections. Her voice is being heard and is helping lead the way in changes that can save the lives of the many who work behind the wall. This is the messages I just sent to her after reading an article that she was quoted in. “Wendy. I hope all is well. I want to thank you. Reason...

Duration:00:02:52

We are not guards. We are Officers.

1/31/2018
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We are not guards! We are officers!Corrections has evolved. Calling us guards minimizes the positive evolution of what we have become. Listen in as Anthony Gangi, host of Tier Talk, discusses why we need to embrace the title of officer.

Duration:00:25:33

Let’s talk about what it takes to be in Corrections. Let’s discuss the interview process.

1/22/2018
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Let’s talk about the Correctional Officer interview process Are you looking to work in Corrections? Are you looking to become a Prison Officers? If so, are you ready for the Prison Officer Interview Process? Anthony Gangi, Host of Tier Talk, discusses the interview process and provides tips to ensure your success when you are interviews for the prestigious position of a correctional officer.

Duration:00:09:29

The complexity of Officer Suicides and what to do in the aftermath.

1/15/2018
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One of the hardest issues that an agency has to deal with is Officer Suicide. When an officer takes their own lives it creates a ripple effect that must be controlled. In this episode of Tier Talk, Anthony Gangi discusses the complexity of Officer suicide and breaks down what needs to be done in the aftermath of such a tragic event.

Duration:00:14:09

Let’s discuss inmate video visitation

1/12/2018
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Video visitations is a growing trend in today’s jails and prison. There are some who believe this is a great way to improve safety and security and there are others who believe that rehabilitation requires physical contact from the inmate’s family. Anthony Gangi, Host of Tier Talk, discusses both perspectives relates to video visitation and weighs the pros and cons of this ever growing trend. If you like this discussion, also tune in to Gary York, author of Corruption Behind Bars, as he...

Duration:00:14:01

Why do correctional officers feel the need to justify their profession?

1/8/2018
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...but one day I will be a police officer.” A few years back, I was invited to attend a dinner for law enforcement and, needless to say, I was excited. This was the first time that I felt recognized as a law enforcement professional. At the time, I had been working in corrections for about eight years and I was constantly being ridiculed for not choosing a better profession (police officer). Even my own family was against the choice I made. I remember inviting a few of my fellow COs to...

Duration:00:07:11

The closing of Riker’s Island Prison

1/5/2018
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Let’s talk about the closing of Riker’s island. Is it a good move? I don’t think so? The closing of Riker’s island is an extreme left move that is putting public safety at risk. Listen in as Anthony Gangi, Host of Tier Talk, gives his perspective on the closing of Riker’s Island.

Duration:00:11:09

The inmate that cries wolf.

1/2/2018
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The inmate that cries wolf. In our line of work, we can never ignore an inmates cry for help. Even if the inmate has cried many times before and we know their cries for help are false, we must still attend to their call. Each day we are being tested and we have no choice but to pass each test. Recently, PREA has led to a lot of false accusations. Unfortunately, in our position, we must act in an effort to protect each and every time the inmate cries wolf. It would be best if the department...

Duration:00:06:38

Three reasons why an inmate should never watch an officer do a search of the area, or property!

12/28/2017
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The practice of doing searches in direct view of an inmate needs to stop. Searches are one of the key resources that help eliminate contraband behind the wall. If inmates observe our search habits, our search routines, they will know exactly where to hide their contraband. This video highlight security concerns that relate directly to inmates observing staff as they search through the inmates belongings. Anthony Gangi, Host Of Tier Talk, highlights the vulnerabilities behind having an...

Duration:00:10:08

Corrections Officer falls asleep on the job. Is the officer 100 percent at fault?

12/23/2017
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Corrections Officer falls asleep on the job. Is the officer 100 percent at fault? Great article from the Charlotte Observer that showcases the dangers of sleeping on the job. The article presents a very objective view as to who else can be at fault when this occurs. It also highlight the dangers of what can occur when an officer fall asleep.

Duration:00:07:20

Music Therapy Helps Former Army Veteran Tamara Evans Maintain Sobriety

12/16/2017
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Music Therapy Helps Former Army Veteran Tamara Evans Maintain Sobriety Anthony Gangi, host of the Tier Talk podcast on CorrectionsOne, is joined by former addict, student and musician Tamara Evans. Tamara is a Transformations Treatment Center alumna and mentions the difficult time she had making the transition from military life back to the real world, “There’s nothing like that bond I had in the military. That transition back to civilian life is something that takes getting used to.”...

Duration:00:29:01

2017 a year in Review for Corrections

12/13/2017
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A prison riot in Delaware (James T. Vaughn), which killed Lt. Steven Floyd, the ruthless killing of Sgt Meggan Callahan at Bertie Correctional, the murder of Georgia State Correctional Officers Curtis Billue and Chris Monica (Prison Transport) and the killing of four heroes at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in North Carolina ( Justin Smith, Veronica Darden, Wendy Shannon, Geoffrey), 2017 hit corrections hard. Tonight, Anthony Gangi, host of Tier Talk, discusses what to expect in...

Duration:00:27:27

Inmate suicides affect correctional staff as well

12/7/2017
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Inmate suicides affect correctional staff as well. Unfortunately, most would have us believe that correctional staff is callous when it comes to inmate suicides. They would push the idea that we don’t care and, if we did, why didn’t we prevent it? Listen in as Anthony Gangi, host of Tier Talk, discusses how inmate suicide affects staff and explains, contrary to popular belief, how an inmate’s death can affect staff in a negative way.

Duration:00:10:11

Even first responders need help sometimes.

12/4/2017
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Out at transformation treatment center in Florida, We just wrapped up three interviews and a tour. Today, I can easily say, we, as first responders, are never alone. We are all vulnerable to addiction, including first responders.

Duration:00:09:43

Captain gets assaulted on Riker’s Island

11/30/2017
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Captain assaulted on Riker’s Island on Thanksgiving. Recently, a video surfaced that shows a Captain getting assaulted by an inmate at Riker’s Island. The video is disturbing to the many who not only see the assault, but see a fellow officer run away. This video has been the focus of many discussions including the writing up of an officer for violating policy when he saved another officer’s life. Listen in as Anthony Gangi and Retired Prison Inspector, Gary York, discusses their opinion on...

Duration:00:35:24

Inmate manipulation: The importance of labels and calling an “inmate” an “inmate.”

11/27/2017
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Inmate manipulation and the importance of calling an “inmate” an “inmate.” Listening as Anthony Gangi, host of Tier Talk, discusses inmate manipulation. Anthony Gangi discusses the importance of labels and how it can affect staff perspective of an inmate. As of today, changes are being made in relation to how we label an inmate. These changes are one-sided and can easily jeopardize the safety and security of a jail or prison.

Duration:00:06:43

Let’s discuss what happens after a major incident when there is a violation of prison policy.

11/22/2017
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After a major incident occurs inside a prison / correctional facility, like a riot or a death of a staff member, tension will arise. Tension arises because both frontline and management are looking to alleviate responsibility. Instead of us working together as one, especially in this time of crisis, we are divided. (The nature of the beast.) Anthony Gangi, Host of Tier Talk, sits with Retired Major and College Professor Luis Soto as they discuss middle ground in an effort to build an...

Duration:00:31:21

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