Prison official pleads guilty to helping bondsmen

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—A former prison counseling supervisor has pleaded guilty to using state computers to give information to three bail bondsmen about fugitives and prisoners.

Prosecutors say 48-year-old James Barone admitted in his plea that he accepted cash and holiday gift certificates from the bail bondsmen in exchange for the pictures and inmate information.

The bondsmen — Robert Jacobs and his sons, Philip Jacobs and Paul Jacobs — all have been sentenced to prison. They were convicted of bribing New Haven police officers to pursue fugitives who skipped out on bonds posted by the Jacobs’ companies.

Barone is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 3. He could face up to a year in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.

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