Chicago Prisons Official Was Arrested 24 Times
HOW politics works: Xadrian McCracken works with the Illinois Department of Corrections. His salary is $110,000 a year. So says Breitbart’s Mike Flynn. He says McCracken has been arrested no fewer than 24 times. He is thus well versed in all sides of the prison system.
Not that 24 arrests means he’s a criminal. He could be unlucky or picked upon. Indeed, Flynn might be guilty of a little prejudgement, given that Xadrian’s surname is McCraven, nor McCracken, of the Safe McCrackens.
The Chicago Sun Times reports on Xadrian R. McCraven, who once applied to be a cop. His application was rejected because of his criminal record.
McCraven, 44, who lives in Chicago, pleaded guilty to a weapons charge in 1989 and was found guilty of reckless conduct in 1998 in connection with a domestic-battery arrest, records show. He was fired last year from another state job, with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, but reached a settlement with the child-welfare agency earlier this year that rescinded his firing, awarded him back pay and called for him to be transferred from DCFS to an administrative job with the state prison system.
He’s now a senior policy adviser to the agency’s chief of parole, doing audits “of the implementation of policy, facilities use and management and job performance,” Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says.
“Mr. McCraven’s hiring was carefully considered, as are all IDOC hires,” says Shaer. “He has performed his job here well.”
A judge ruled that in 2000, McCraven was known “to be a drug dealer, gang member and supplier of guns to other gang members.”
In 1987, McCraven was convicted of disorderly conduct, and he pleaded guilty in 1989 to illegal possession of a handgun, according to Keys. In 1994, McCraven began working as an officer for the Chicago Housing Authority Police Department. Then, in 1998, he was charged with domestic battery, accused of assaulting his former fiancee, and was found guilty of reckless conduct, the judge wrote.
McCraven was fired by the CHA in August 1999 for “violating department general orders forbidding unjustified physical attacks on or off duty” and bringing discredit on the department, Keys wrote. McCraven had argued his “discharge was reversed” and that he was to be reinstated by the department, which disbanded in October 1999.
In 2000, McCraven went to work for DCFS as a child-protection worker.
In 2003, his name appeared in a once-secret database of thousands of politically connected candidates for jobs, transfers or promotions that was kept by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration, records show.
That’s politics. Chicago style.