Female jail officer is arrested, fired

A Florence County jail officer has been arrested and fired from her job after deputies said she had inappropriate communications with an inmate.

Roberta Mention, 51, was arrested Tuesday and charged with misconduct in office, the (Florence) Morning News reports.

Florence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brett Camp says authorities began investigating Mention after they believe she received written materials from an inmate at the jail in August and delivered them to someone outside the facility.

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http://www.thestate.com/local/story/512997.html?RSS=local

Newton Co. Detention Officer Arrested for Stealing from Inmates

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. (MyFOX ATLANTA) – A Newton County detention officer was released from jail Thursday after being arrested for allegedly stealing from an inmate.  Thirty-one-year-old Rededria English worked for the Newton County jail for three years, but now she is without a job and facing criminal charges.

English was arrested Monday at work after investigators said she arranged to use an inmates’ child support debit card. Investigators said English agreed to deposit cash into the inmates’ jail account but held on to the card for her personal gain.

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“There were two separate times and it was a total of 280 dollars,” said Investigator Sharon Stewart of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

English was fired and now she faces charges of theft by taking, financial transaction card fraud and violation of oath by a public officer.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office said detention officers weren’t supposed to handle an inmates money and that’s why there is an ATM inside the jail lobby behind bars.

Cash can be deposited or withdrawn by inmates or their friends and family.

English was out of jail on bond Thursday, but investigators said when she was arrested she was held at a different jail for her own safety.

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http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=7414060&version=2&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1

Rikers Island honchos canned before cop killer Lee Woods scandal

Sunday, September 14th 2008, 10:34 PM

Top brass at a Rikers Island jail got the ax a month before guards there were accused of giving drugs, booze and sex to suspected cop killer Lee Woods, the Daily News has learned.

“We were aware that the jail wasn’t operating properly,” Correction Department spokesman Stephen Morello said Sunday.

Carmine Labruzzo replaced Robert Shaw as warden at the maximum-security George R. Vierno Center on June 1. Four new deputies and a captain started with him.

“We were dissatisfied with performance at the jail and placed a new management team there,” Morello said. “They were put there to make things right, and that’s what they’ve been doing.”

Woods, accused getaway driver in last year’s slaying of NYPD Officer Russel Timoshenko, tripped a metal detector on June 25, leading his jailers to believe he swallowed a key.

Later that day, rookie Officers Auguste Durand, 31, and Michael Santiago, 24, were fired for allegedly giving Woods marijuana, cigarettes, rolling papers and liquor.

Another officer, Kadessha Mullgrav, was transferred amid allegations she had sexual relations with Woods.

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http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2008/09/14/2008-09-14_rikers_island_honchos_canned_before_cop_.html

Jail Guard Arrested

Another corrections officer at the Columbiana County Jail, Is charged with providing contraband to inmates.  Nathaniel Barnes of Youngstown, is charged with smuggling marijuana and cigarette tobacco into the facility.  It’s actually the second time in less than a year that a corrections officer has been charged with similar crimes. Task force officials say this most recent arrest was part of an ongoing investigation that came after agents learned one or more corrections officers may have been involved in the scheme.

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http://www.wkbn.com/news/local/13956072.html

Hudson County corrections officer gets 5 years for trying to smuggle drugs into jail

A former Hudson County corrections officer was sentenced to five years in prison this morning after pleading guilty to drug possession with intent to distribute for attempting to smuggle marijuana and heroin into the county jail.

“I’m just very sorry,” said Mark Anthony Figueroa, 32, of Bayonne, before being sentenced by state Superior Court Judge Kevin Callahan, who snapped back, “Very sorry? You ruined your life . . . You took an oath.”

After the sentencing one of Figueroa’s family members began hyperventilating and had to be held up by two people in the courthouse hallway as she repeated, “I hate you. I hate you,” but seemed to switch to “I love you.”

Callahan said he would have sentenced Figueroa to 20 years in prison if he had been convicted on all the charges he originally faced, which included seven drug counts, attempted official misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child and child abuse.

Figueroa, who was arrested in October near Lincoln Park, eventually struck a deal with prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty in July to drug possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public property, Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Pete Stoma said.

The corrections officer allegedly bought marijuana from an undercover detective and it was believed the pot was to be smuggled into the Hudson County jail in Kearny, officials said. After the arrest, police recovered the marijuana, as well as additional pot in a blue balloon and three glassine envelopes containing heroin, officials said.

Figueroa’s 6-year-old child was with him when he made the drug deal, officials said. As part of the sentence, Figueroa can never again hold public employment.

“He was the bread winner for his family and he really did a remarkably stupid thing,” said Figueroa’s attorney, Dennis McAlevy. “He has forfeited his job and all the perks that go with it. He has dishonored his shield and his job.”

But McAlevy did ask Callahan to be as lenient as he could, saying “I think my client is for the most part a good family person.”

Stoma asked the judge to “send a message to anyone else who might consider doing what Mr. Figueroa did.”

Figueroa was led from the defense table in handcuffs. For his own safety, Callahan ordered that Figueroa be housed some place other than in the Hudson County jail until he is transferred to state prison.

Callahan’s sentence does not include a minimum amount of time Figueroa must serve before becoming eligible for parole.

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http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2008/09/hudson_county_corrections_offi.html

Drug-dealing corrections officer to be sentenced Thursday

Mark Anthony Figueroa

09/16/2008

A Hudson County Department of Corrections officer faces up to five years in prison and will be barred forever from public employment when he is sentenced Thursday for dealing drugs, officials said.

Mark Anthony Figueroa, 32, of Bayonne, will be sentenced at 9 a.m. by Superior Court Judge Kevin Callahan under a deal with prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty to drug possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public property, Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said.

Figueroa, who was arrested in October, faces up to five years in prison, with no minimum amount of time he must serve before becoming eligible for parole, DeFazio said. Figueroa pleaded guilty on July 8.

The corrections officer allegedly bought marijuana from an undercover detective and it was believed the pot was to be smuggled into the Hudson County jail in Kearny, officials said at the time. Police also found additional pot in a blue balloon, as well as three glassine envelopes containing heroin, officials said.

Figueroa was originally charged with six more drug counts, officials said, as well as endangering the welfare of a child and child abuse, for allegedly having his 6-year-old child with him when he made the drug deal.

Figueroa had been a county corrections officer seven years, Hudson County Department of Corrections Director Oscar Aviles said at the time.

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http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2008/09/drugdealing_corrections_office.html

Correction Officer arrested in theft of neighbor’s house

A corrections officer at the John Middleton Unit was arrested Thursday in connection with the January burglary of his neighbor’s home, Taylor County Jail records show.

Dusty Logan Fox, 26, is accused of breaking into his neighbor’s home in the 3000 block of West Lake Road on Jan. 15 and stealing a viola, which he later pawned, according to an arrest affidavit for Fox.

According to Reporter-News police blotter files, Fox’s neighbor reported that more than $5,000 of furniture, dishes, jewelry and electronic equipment had been stolen. Fox admitted to the theft in a statement to investigators.

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http://www.reporternews.com/news/2008/aug/29/blotter/