Female inmate speaks out about sex with corrections officers

 A female prison inmate is speaking out about sex with corrections officers inside the women’s prisons at Pewee Valley.

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Alisha Brewer says the prison guards threatened to punish her if she wouldn’t have sex with them.

Two correctional officers at the women’s prison in Pewee Valley have been fired, but neither has been hit with criminal charges in connection with allegations that they had sex with inmate Alisha Brewer.  And even if they are charged, it will only be a misdemeanor because Kentucky is one of just three states where sex with an inmate is not a felony.    

She shared her story with WHAS11 News’ Mark Hebert, hoping Kentucky law is changed to make prison employees think twice. Brewer asked that we not show her face, only during the interview with her.

Brewer says her second day inside the Kentucky Correctional Institute for women, she met Captain Andrew Kerrick.  Brewer says she fell for the officer pretty quickly.

From May to November of last year, Brewer says she and Kerrick had sex six or seven times, in bathrooms, the maintenance shed, always out of the eye of the prison’s cameras.  Eventually, Brewer claims, Kerrick was smothering her, waking her every night.   So she tried to break off the behind-bars relationship:

But Kerrick wasn’t Brewer’s only problem, according to what she told us.

Alisha Brewer claims Sergeant Robert Tingle pressured her to have sex one time.  That was the final straw for Brewer, who spilled her guts to a female corrections officer.  An internal investigation was launched and inmate Brewer was placed in the Special Management Unit, segregation, for 24-hours a day, for her own protection:

Both officers, Kerrick and Tingle, were fired in March, Kerrick denying through his attorney that he ever had sex with Brewer, Tingle couldn’t be reached. Both were accused of having improper contact with an inmate.

Warden Cookie Crews says Kentucky State Police continued the investigation at her prison.  It’s now in the hands of the Shelby County Attorney who hasn’t decided whether there’s enough evidence, other than Alisha Brewer’s word, to charge Kerrick and Tingle with a crime.  And even if they are charged, it would only be a misdemeanor. 

Kentucky corrections officials have unsuccessfully lobbied state lawmakers to make sex between corrections staff and inmates a felony.

For Alisha Brewer, who’s in the middle of a 7-year sentence for credit card fraud, sending a tough message to corrections officers can’t come too soon, “I know that I’m a convicted felon and I know I’m an inmate.  Just because I’m an inmate doesn’t mean that we do not have rights especially as human beings and women.  We should still get treated halfway decent in prison and we don’t.  And I’m not the first but maybe i’ll be the last,” says Brewer.

State corrections officials say 14 staff members have been fired or disciplined in the last four years for inappropriate relationships with convicts.

Captain Andrew Kerrick’s attorney says the corrections officer never had any sexual relations with Alisha Brewer.  Kerrick is appealing his firing but refused Mark Hebert’s request for an interview.

Sergeant Robert Tingle apparently has an unlisted phone number.  We couldn’t find him for comment.  He has not filed an appeal to his dismissal.

source: http://www.whas11.com/news/local/stories/WHAS11_080611_Local_SexWithCorrections.1d1e3285.html

Ohio Corrections Officer Admits to Sex With Inmates

A Lake County corrections officer resigned after admitting to having sex with several female inmates and now an internal investigation is under way.

The alleged incidents happened at the Lake County Jail in Painesville. The officer could face at least three felony counts.

The Lake County sheriff said from his interview with three female inmates and the officer, the sex was consensual.

But because it happened inside the jail, it was against the law.

The investigation began with an anonymous call to Sheriff Daniel Dunlap. A former female inmate told him a guard made inappropriate advances.

Dunlap said he took the charge seriously.

“We have admission from the subject that he became involved with these women and that intercourse did take place,” said Dunlap.

The guard admitted to arranging encounters with four different female inmates, the sheriff said.

He told detectives he used the jail cell intercoms or talked to the women during cleaning details to set up meetings.

He said they would then meet in a stairwell where they would have sex.

None of the women plan to press charges. The sheriff said that if they don’t, the state probably will; but that is up to the prosecutor.

“My feeling is that one or two of these woman will step forward and will chose to press charges. And we’ll vigorously pursue that path if it comes,” Dunlap said.

Dunlap said he was shocked by the events. The guard worked in the jail for more than two years with no other problems.

The guard is also a married father of four.

The sheriff said they’re changing some procedures after this and are adding some surveillance cameras in the jail.

source: http://www.officer.com/online/article.jsp?siteSection=5&id=41780

Former Kansas prison guard gets 5 years for helping inmates

WICHITA | A former prison guard romantically involved with one of the two inmates she helped escape was sentenced five years in prison on a federal firearms charge.

U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown sentenced Amber Lynn Goff on Wednesday following her guilty plea last April in which she described her role in the Oct. 28, 2007, escape of Steven Ford and Jesse Bell.

The 24-year-old Goff had a romantic relationship with Ford before helping him and Bell escape from the El Dorado Correctional Facility.

The three were arrested in Grants, N.M., early Oct. 31.

source: http://www.kansascity.com/news/breaking_news/story/659494.html