Ex-correction worker charged, Police raid nets pot plants, guns, suspect

SPENCER— A former Department of Correction employee was arraigned yesterday on charges he was growing marijuana for sale in his Main Street apartment and had a loaded gun in his car when police raided his home earlier this month.

Police allegedly found 75 fledgling marijuana plants set under grow lights in a spare bedroom, where the heat was also turned up, in Justin P. Boudreau’s apartment at 6 Main St., Apt. 6, when they conducted a raid May 18. They also allegedly found two rifles in the apartment and a loaded .40-caliber Sig Sauer handgun in the console of his unlocked car. Mr. Boudreau was arrested Wednesday night on a warrant issued by Western Worcester District Court, East Brookfield.

Officers also seized letters from a female inmate at Framingham State Prison. The letters were addressed to Jeff Podine of 8 Sunset Lane, Spencer, a residence police also raided May 18. In that incident, Jeff M. Castro, 26, of that address, was arrested and charged with drug violations.

Members of the Worcester County Regional Drug and Counter Crime Task Force and Spencer police conducted the investigation. Their report indicates that Jeff Podine is a fictitious name. The Web site, Urbandictionary.com, lists the word “podine” as a slang term for police.

Officers also believe that the inmate’s letters may be related to another crime.

“It is the belief of this officer that these letters might unfold other illegal activities taking place, stemming from the focus of this investigation,” the police report states.

Inside Mr. Boudreau’s apartment, officers seized the 75 plants, a pH test kit, soil, timers and other materials they believe are related to growing the marijuana plants. Police wrote in their report that Mr. Bourdreau is an employee of the state Department of Correction. A spokesman for that agency said yesterday Mr. Boudreau is no longer working there but declined to say when, or why, his tenure there ended.

At his arraignment in Western Worcester District Court in East Brookfield yesterday, Mr. Boudreau was released on personal recognizance and is slated to appear for a pretrial hearing July 16.

SOURCE: http://www.telegram.com/article/20080530/NEWS/805300359/1003/NEWS03

NJDOC investigates fistfight between two corrections officers

BRIDGETON — The state Department of Corrections is investigating allegations of a fistfight which took place last week at South Woods State Prison between two lieutenants.

According to DOC Spokesman Matt Schuman, sometime after 2 p.m. on May 15, two corrections officers got into a fight.

“There were no witnesses. No one saw the fight. There’s not much else to say. The incident’s still being investigated,” he said.

No one was seriously injured in the incident. Both lieutenants had been suspended with pay until Tuesday, when their status switched to suspended without pay, pending outcome of the investigation, Schuman said.

The names of the lieutenants are not being released by the DOC.

“I’m not sure how serious an incident it was,” Schuman said, adding that he was unaware how the incident came to the attention of the DOC.

SOURCE: http://www.nj.com/southjersey/index.ssf/2008/05/njdoc_investigates_fistfight_b.html

 

Warren Co. Corrections Officer Indicted On Fraud Charges

A Warren County corrections officer is indicted in connection with fraudulent loan applications.
42-year-old Linda Abshear, of Lebanon, faces 11 counts, including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and fraud.

This follows a two month investigation.

Abshear became a corrections officer in 1999.

She is on administrative leave, and held at the Butler County Jail.

The sheriff’s office says other people were involved in the case and more arrests are expected. +

SOURCE: http://www.wcpo.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=869784ec-339b-4764-893b-16ad11e06319&rss=703

Officers Investigated In Jail ‘Fight Club’

ORLANDO, Fla. — Four Orange County jail officers stand accused of organized fighting and gambling at the jail. Jail spokesman Allen Moore said the officers were placed on administrative duty. He said the investigation will see if any policies or procedures were violated at the Horizon Facility at the jail, which houses close to 1,250 inmates. Details of the investigation and the names of the officers were not released.

The officers have been prohibited from having any contact with inmates.

source:  http://www.local6.com/news/16426428/detail.html?rss=orlpn&psp=news

Corrections officer gets three years for smuggling marijuana into prison

ST. CROIX – A V.I. Superior Court judge on Wednesday sentenced former V.I. Corrections Bureau Officer Nathan McIntosh to spend the next three years behind bars for smuggling marijuana into Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility.

McIntosh, 24, of Mount Pleasant was sentenced by Superior Court Presiding Judge Darryl Donohue to serve three years in prison on each of the charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and introduction of narcotics into a prison. McIntosh was found guilty in February of smuggling drugs into the prison on April 16, 2006.

During the hearing, Defense Attorney Hannibal O’Bryan told the court that McIntosh should not be sent to prison despite the conviction. He asked the court to sentence him to six months in prison, but that the sentence be suspended and his client placed on an extensive period of probation.

McIntosh addressed the court and asked for leniency and apologized for his actions.

Assistant Attorney General Melissa Moroney recommended to the court that McIntosh be sentenced to nine years.

Donohue listened to the recommendations of both attorneys and sentenced McIntosh to three years in prison on each charge and ordered that the sentences run concurrent with one another.

Prosecutors charged that McIntosh reported for duty at 11 a.m. April 15, 2006, carrying a box of Ritz crackers and two beverages in a plastic bag. A corrections officer searched the items and found three round objects wrapped in black tape inside the cracker box.

McIntosh told the officer that the box “is not supposed to be there,” and took the items back and left the facility. He later returned with just the beverages and went into work.

McIntosh left the facility later in the day, and when he returned, an officer noticed that he had a bulge in his pants near the calves and that he was walking differently. The officer reported her observation to the shift supervisor, who questioned McIntosh.

McIntosh told the supervisor that he had on a knee brace but refused to let her search him. McIntosh then said he felt ill and was going home, but then he did not leave, according to police.

McIntosh eventually complied with a search and the supervisor removed two round objects that were taped to McIntosh’s leg. The supervisor cut open the packages, which contained marijuana.

McIntosh, who had been a Corrections officer for three years at that time was arrested April 24, 2006

Until his conviction, McIntosh had remained free in the custody of a third-party custodian on a property bond for $75,000. Following trial, he was placed on house arrest with electronic monitoring after Assistant Attorney General Melissa Moroney told the court that he could be a flight risk because he was exposed to as much as 10 years in prison.

After the sentence was imposed Donohue ordered that McIntosh’s bail be revoked and that he be remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections at Golden Grove.

source: http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/index.pl/article_home?id=17624996

Corrections officer robbed of service weapon in Newark

Four men armed with handguns robbed a corrections officer, taking the officer’s service weapon, in Newark just before midnight Tuesday, city police said.

The officer, whose name and gender were withheld, escaped injury, Detective Todd McClendon said. The thieves remained at large early this morning.

McClendon did not say for whom the officer works.

A broadcast report gave the robbery location as South Orange Avenue near Grove Street, but McClendon did not confirm that information.

Additional details, including whether anything besides the officer’s weapon was taken, were not immediately available.

source: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/05/corrections_officer_robbed_of.html

Prison Guard Accused In Drug Scheme

SOMERS, Conn. — State police said a 43-year-old prison guard has been arrested in an undercover sting operation after allegedly agreeing to smuggle heroin and a cell phone into a Suffield prison.

 

State police said Connie Atkins, an East Hartford resident, met an undercover police officer who was pretending to be a drug connection, in Hartford on May 21.

 

State police said Atkins agreed to smuggle 28 grams of heroin and a cell phone to an inmate at MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution for $3,500.

 

Atkins has been released on $10,000 bond and is scheduled to returns to Hartford Superior Court on June 20

A state police spokesman, said Tuesday that no other members of the correctional staff are suspected of involvement in the case.

source: http://www.wfsb.com/news/16411900/detail.html?rss=hart&psp=news

Ex-corrections officer gets 3 years for criminal sexual contact

FLEMINGTON —A former county corrections officer was sentenced Friday to three years in state prison on charges of official misconduct and criminal sexual contact.

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Marc Jenkins

(Scott E. Nodes / Hunterdon County)

Marc Jenkins, 36, was sentenced by Judge Roger Mahon in Superior Court in Flemington to three years in state prison on two counts of second-degree official misconduct, and nine months on two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, to run concurrently. The charges involved one female co-worker and two female inmates at Hunterdon County Jail while Jenkins was on duty.

Two counts of second-degree sexual assault were dropped when Jenkins pleaded guilty in March to the other charges, avoiding required registration under Megan’s Law.

Assistant Prosecutor Dawn Solari referred to letters submitted by victims and their families about their suffering, including one victim who sent a letter rather than having to face the defendant in person.

Solari commented on the defendant’s lack of prior criminal record, but took exception to letters filed on his behalf begging leniency, claiming it was not possible for Jenkins to have committed such acts.

“They were not here when the defendant pleaded guilty,” Solari said. “This could not be an aberration with three victims and two separate indictments.”

Jenkins sat quietly in a dark suit as Solari described his letter to victims claiming he was “not a street thug” as arrogant, noting that the victims still suffered under his intimidation.

“I submit to your honor that the defendant may not be a street thug, but he should have known better,” Solari said.

Defense attorney Paul M. Uhlik disputed Solari’s claim of arrogance.

“He’s been humilIated, he understands what he’s done, and he’s forfeited a promising career in law enforcement,” Uhlik said.

Jenkins stood to apologize to victims, family and friends.

“Your honor, I’m at your mercy,” Jenkins said. “I apologize for the pain I caused.”

Judge Mahon then read Jenkins his sentence, refusing his request to serve his time at the county jail.

“I’m satisfied,” Solari said. “On the day of the trial he pleaded guilty. I thought he should not get his request to serve in the county jail, and the judge agreed.”

“I think it’s an unfortunate situation,” Uhlik said. “He regrets what he has done, and he’ll live with it for the rest of his life. He wants to pay his debt to society and move on.”
source: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080523/NEWS/80523030&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSEL

 

Bullitt County deputy suspended after sex abuse allegation

 

LOUISVILLE (WAVE) — A Bullitt County sheriff’s deputy is off duty and accused of sexual misconduct. Deputy Joe Rogers is a four year veteran of the department.

Deputy Joe Rogers
Deputy Joe Rogers

A female inmate of the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center has filed a complaint against Rogers, who was in charge of transporting inmates outside of Bullitt County for the sheriff’s department.

Rogers, former chief of the Shepherdsville Police Department, was suspended with pay on May 23rd pending the outcome of the investigation.

Kentucky State Police and Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department are both investigating the allegation.
source: http://www.wave3.com/global/story.asp?s=8386375

BANGLADESH: 2 jail guards punished for attacking Star reporter

Two guards of Tangail Jail were stand-released Saturday night in connection with attacking Mirza Shakil, the Tangail correspondent of The Daily Star.

But the authorities are yet to take any action against Jailer Nazrul Islam who allegedly ordered the jail guards to beat up Shakil.

The authorities formed a probe committee led by Jail Superintendent Sageer Ali to investigate the incident.

Local journalists, however, questioned the neutrality of the probe body, alleging that following the incident Sageer initiated moves to save the jail guards.

They submitted a memorandum to the home secretary yesterday through Tangail Deputy Commissioner Akhtar Ali Sarkar, demanding exemplary punishment to Nazrul Islam and others involved with the incident.

Sources said jail guards Al Amin and Mizanur were stand-released on Saturday night.

Mirza Shakil was severely beaten up by some 12 jail guards on Tangail Jail compound on Saturday while working on a report of graft and harassment of the visitors at the local prison.

Meanwhile, journalists and civil society members across the country have condemned the attack on Mirza Shakil.

Senior journalists KG Mustafa, ABM Musa, Nirmal Sen and Kamal Lohani in a statement expressed anxiety over threats to and attacks on journalists.

They said, “We have already witnessed some incidents of threats to and harassment of journalists…We will launch programmes for a free media movement.”

Our Sirajganj correspondent reported that a number of journalists from local and national news media yesterday condemned and protested at the barbaric attack on The Daily Star correspondent.

Sirajganj Zilla Sangbadik Forum and Sirajganj Zilla Press Club jointly held an emergency meeting at the forum’s office where speakers demanded exemplary punishment to those involved in the incident.

Journalists of local and national news media in Kishoreganj also condemned the attack on Shakil and demanded exemplary punishment to the jailer and the guards of Tangail Jail involved with the incident/

source: http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=92813

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  • Wisconsin Female Prison Guards Face Sexual Assault Charges

    Two former female Oakhill prison guards are being charged with second-dagree sexual assault, even though they say the so-called victim — a prisoner — seduced them.

    A year and a half ago, Correction’s Secretary Matt Frank said he would enforce a “zero tolerance” policy for sexual contact between prison staff and inmates.

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    That is the background for what is believed to be the first case of its kind in Wisconsin.

    On Thursday morning 39-year-old Christine Roberge, a former sergeant and 9-year prison veteran, and 29-year-old Heather Bartosch, who guarded inmates at Oakhill for seven years, will make initial court appearances on the sexual assault charges.

    At the time of the alleged incidents last year both women were married — Bartosch to a Fitchburg police detective.

    A letter from the inmate that was found by Roberge’s husband initiated the prison probe.

    At first, the warden called the Fitchburg Police Department since Oakhill is in that jurisdiction. But Fitchburg couldn’t investigate because one suspect was married to a staff member.

    So the county investigated and found the inmate seduced the guards at different times into having sexual relations in secluded areas of the prison.

    According to the complaint, one guard became concerned when he could not find Roberge, who had left her post. He saw her coming out of a towel room with a prisoner.

    The other guard was concerned for his own safety, as well as the safety of other correctional officers because he was unsure of what lengths either of them might go to keep it quiet, WISC-TV reported.

    Bartosch said she became smitten with an inmate and even bought him gifts.

    “I crossed the line. I knew it. It scared me,” she said. “I let myself get comfortable with someone I shouldn’t have.”

    News 3 is not identifying the prisoner since he is a sexual assault victim.

    The complaint also alleges that Roberge may have had a physical relationship with a second inmate, and wrote dirty letters to a third.

    However, she is charged with just one count of second-degree sexual assault, as is Bartosch, which is a 40-year felony.

    A correction’s spokesman told News 3 that policies and procedures at Oakhill are now under review.

    source: http://www.officer.com/web/online/Top-News-Stories/Wisconsin-Female-Prison-Guards-Face-Sexual-Assault-Charges/1$29723

    Former Live Oak Prison Guard Sentenced for Sex With Inmate

    YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) — A 45-year-old man has been sentenced to 120 days in jail for having sex with a female prisoner while working as a guard at a privately run prison in Live Oak.

    Sutter County Superior Court Judge Chris Chandler also placed 45-year-old Mark Susoeff of Linda on probation for three years.

    Susoeff admitted having oral sex with the woman in January 2007 when he was working at the Leo Chesney Community Correctional Facility.

    The judge called the act “beyond stupid” and “disgusting.”

    The minimum-security prison is run by Texas-based Cornell Companies, which has a contract with the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to house female inmates.

    source: http://www.news10.net/display_story.aspx?storyid=42394

    5 King County Jail officers suspended for pornography

    The King County Jail suspended five corrections officers for three days each for sharing pornography through the county e-mail system.

    A jail spokesman, Maj. William Hayes, says the officers did not create the pornography, which was sent from outside to the work e-mail. Hayes says the officers made some poor choices.

    Last year a jail officer was found guilty of sexual misconduct for having sex with an inmate and two other pleaded guilty to sexual contact with inmates.

    Hayes says the majority of the 340 officers at the downtown Seattle jail are working to provide a safe, humane environment for inmates.

    source: http://www.thenewstribune.com/441/story/371112.html

    Merrimack County jail officer sentenced to a month in jail

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) _ A Merrimack County jail guard has been sentenced to a month in jail for assaulting an inmate.

    The prosecutor said sending 43-year-old Shawn Cunningham of Franklin to jail would send a message to Cunningham and to others who work in jails and prisons who think assaults against inmates will go unpunished.

    Judge Michael Sullivan sentenced Cunningham to a year in jail, with all but one month suspended. As long as Cunningham completes an anger management course, stays away from his victim, performs community service and stays out of trouble while in jail, he will likely serve only 20 days.
    source:  http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080520/NEWS0201/557678367/-1/FosNEWS0409

    Jail Officers Suspended For Passing Pornography

    SEATTLE — Five officers at the King County Jail in downtown Seattle have recently been suspended for passing pornographic images, reported KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.

     The officers aren’t being named because they haven’t been charged with a crime, but they were each suspended for three days.

     Dozens of photos, videos and cartoons were released to KIRO 7 after we filed a Public Disclosure Request. Most of the images are too pornographic for television, but all were passed, via county e-mail by five jail officers at the downtown Seattle facility.

     All in violation of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention’s Employee conduct code, which dictates that county e-mail and computers should only be used for department business.

     The command staff at the jail first became aware of what it calls the “inappropriate and sexually suggestive e-mails” late last summer.

     After an investigation, the five officers were suspended and warned that the material was subject to public disclosure.

    In the past three years, three jail officers have been convicted of sexual misconduct against inmates.

    In addition to the convictions, nearly a dozen other jail staff members have also been investigated in recent years for sexual misconduct and not reporting wrong-doing.

     “It’s zero tolerance, period, on sexual misconduct,” said King County Jail Director Reed Holtgeerts nearly two years ago after a 57-page federal report revealed what it called a “sexualized work environment” at King County’s adult and juvenile detention facilities.

    In response to this latest investigation, jail commanders released a written statement reiterating their zero tolerance policy.

    The policy stated that the jail “will not tolerate sexual inappropriateness in the workplace, regardless of whether it is sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or inappropriate e-mails

    Video/source: http://www.kirotv.com/news/16356598/detail.html?rss=sea&psp=mostpopular

    Three Carter County Jailers are now facing time in Jail as Inmates

    Wednesday night Kentucky State Police detectives arrested three Carter County Deputy jailers after a two month investigation which was initiated by a call from Carter County Jailer Randy Binion. 53 year-old Florence Lorraine Savage and 28 year-old Cliff Estep are currently employed at the Carter County Detention Center. 25 year-old John Fannin II is a former deputy jailer.
     
    Kentucky State Police tell Action News 36 their investigation found Savage engaged in what they call inappropriate behavior both on and off duty at the jail by allowing several inmates to assault two other inmates. Estep, who was Savage’s supervisor, knew of the actions and did not report them. Fannin is accused of allowing an inmate access to the jail control room and access to a jail radio. Savage has been charged with first degree Official Misconduct. She faces a year in jail if convicted. Estep and Fannin were each charged with one count of second degree official misconduct, which could land them in jail for up to 90 days. All three also face fines for their actions if found guilty. They will be arraigned on June 2nd at the Carter County courthouse.

    Prison Employee Arrested

     

    A worker at the state prison at Dallas was arrested Thursday and accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate.

    According to court papers, Ann Carroll of Duryea was a library assistant at the prison when she began the relationship.  She admitted having sex with the inmate  in the prison library on a number of occasions.

    The relationship was discovered when the inmate was calling Carroll’s cell phone which is listed on employee’s phone list.

    Carroll is free on bail.

    source: http://www.wnep.com/global/story.asp?s=8365873

    Corrections officer, 5 others busted for meth

    An Arizona corrections officer and five family members have been arrested for trafficking methamphetamine from Mexico for distribution in the U.S.

    Noe Ruiz and Domingo Ruiz

    Noe Ruiz (left) and Domingo Ruiz

     

    Noe Ruiz, 31, who worked at Lewis Prison in Buckeye for seven years, was arrested after a seven-month investigation that yielded 20 pounds of methamphetamine Tuesday night and another 35 pounds in other states including South Dakota and Ohio, said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

    Deputies estimated the 20 pounds of methamphetamine to have a street value of $2 million. Investigators also recovered weapons, 12 pounds of cocaine and $400,000 in cash in Arizona and other states

    Deputies arrested Ruiz’s father, Domingo Ruiz, 55, after pulling him over for failing to use a turn signal near 83rd Avenue and Indian School Road. They found four pounds of methamphetamine in a hidden compartment in the car and a weapon.

    Deputies then searched five residences, including the younger Ruiz’s, where they found money-counting machines, Arpaio said.

    Arpaio said Domingo Ruiz was the leader of the operation and his five children were distributing the drug.

    “It sound like the old mafia days,” he said. “Except this crime family happens to be a real family.”

    Also arrested were the younger Ruiz’s siblings: Maria Ruiz-Ochoa, 27 ; Humberto Ruiz, 29 ; Ruben Ruiz, 22 ; and Javier Serrano-Garcia, 19 .

    source: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2008/05/21/20080521methbust0522.html

    Prison staff condemned over inmate’s death

    OTTAWA

    — As Martin Blackwind lay in his prison cell bleeding to death from a deep, self-inflicted slash to his arm, staff offered no first aid and took 10 minutes to call an ambulance, says a damning new report.

    Federal correctional investigator Howard Sapers said Wednesday that corrections staff did not “make any attempts to save human life,” and officials later failed to look into complaints of racism by staff and inmates.

    Mr. Blackwind, 52, was aboriginal and serving a 17-year manslaughter sentence for the beating death of his common-law wife, Kathleen Hart.

    Mr. Sapers also reported that there were inaccurate communications between investigators of the October 2006 incident at Warkworth Institution, about 200 kilometres northeast of Toronto. And he cited excessive investigative delays.

    He doesn’t name Mr. Blackwind or the prison in his report because of privacy restrictions. But the dates and details match public reports of Mr. Blackwind’s death and an imminent coroner’s inquest.

    Mr. Sapers said his own findings “continue a well-documented pattern” on in-custody deaths from multiple sources.

    “What is perhaps the most disturbing to me is that this isn’t isolated, and that the problems have been documented and known to the correctional service for a period of time.

    “I think there’s many, many issues involved. Resources are certainly a big issue: making sure you have the right people with the right training and preparation. Staffing and human resources, and investing in those.”

    But it’s not just about money, Mr. Sapers stressed. “It’s making sure the resources that are available are used on priority areas.”

    The correctional service is required by law to provide a safe environment for inmates and staff. More support for inmates with mental health issues, for example, is still badly needed, Mr. Sapers said.

    It was known that Mr. Blackwind, who was moved to an aboriginal section of the prison shortly before his death, was increasingly agitated.

    Mr. Sapers’ report — and a separate investigation by the Correctional Service of Canada — concludes staff failed to perform their duties by not determining the nature and extent of Mr. Blackwind’s wound and not doing first aid in the half-hour before an ambulance arrived.

    It concludes Mr. Blackwind was left alone, locked in his cell, and largely unmonitored as he bled to death after slicing his left arm with an undisclosed object.

    Four prison staff directly involved were suspended without pay for 10 to 20 days. But the report says the correctional service was less than satisfactory in its response to the incident — and it’s not the first time, Mr. Sapers added.

    “Yet again we find that the correctional service falls short in its legal mandate to preserve life and quickly act on recommendations related to inmate deaths,” he wrote.

    “We will continue to see tragic deaths like this until the Correctional Service implements corrective action in all its institutions to improve mental health services, address the program needs of inmates and improve staff responsiveness to emergency situations.”

    The investigator made several key recommendations, calling on the correctional service to: — Videotape responses to medical emergencies.

    — Immediately deliver a “diversity awareness-sensitivity program” to all correctional staff.

    — Share all information related to incidents of death and serious injury with police in a timely manner.

    — Develop a policy on responses to discrimination allegations made by staff or during the course of an investigation.

    The service says it will respond fully to the recommendations and has convened an investigation into the allegations of discrimination.

    source; http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080521.wbleed0521/BNStory/National/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20080521.wbleed0521