Beaumont woman pleads guilty to accepting bribe while working as guard at federal penitentiary

A 34-year-old Beaumont woman pleaded guilty Monday to a charge that she accepted a bribe from an inmate while working at the federal penitentiary.

Jada L. Jefferson was accused of accepting $1,500 from an inmate in exchange for bringing tobacco into the prison. The offense is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

She was also indicted last September on two counts of engaging in a sexual act with an inmate, each punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and one count of bringing a prohibited substance into a federal correctional facility, an offense punishable by up to six months incarceration.

Jefferson will be sentenced after the completion of a pre-sentencing report that be used to determine a suggested punishment range. Jefferson will remain out on bond while awaiting sentencing.


Guards, inmates face charges in NYC jail death

NEW YORK (AP) – Jail guards and several inmates are facing criminal charges in the beating death of an 18-year-old prisoner at New York City’s Rikers Island.

Prosecutors in the Bronx are expected to announce an indictment Thursday afternoon in the slaying of Christopher Robinson.

Robinson’s family, which has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, claims the guards did nothing while inmates beat and stomped the victim to death last October.

It was the first homicide in city jails in four years.


2 correctional officers charged in bar fight

Two provincial corrections officers have been charged with assault causing bodily harm in connection with a fight at a downtown Charlottetown bar.

Michael Andrew Irwin, 29, of Stratford and Nathan Kevin Praught, 22, of Summerside were charged Monday following the incident at St. James Gate on Dec. 13. Both men work at the P.E.I. correctional centre at Sleepy Hollow outside Charlottetown. Continue reading

MDOC ex-officer stole inmate IDs

Former Mississippi Department of Corrections employee Janice Singleton will be sentenced Feb. 27 on federal charges related to using inmates’ records to file false income tax returns and obtain money.
Singleton, 42, a Jackson tax preparer, was a corrections officer at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County prior to her arrest on state charges in February 2007.



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Attorney accused of smuggling pot to inmate

A 60-year-old defense attorney had been smuggling marijuana and cigarettes into Cook County Jail as part of a scheme orchestrated by an inmate, authorities said.


Dave Compton was arrested Wednesday afternoon after Cook County Sheriff’s officers caught him making a transaction with the unnamed inmate’s girlfriend, Angela Bell, and an undercover officer outside a courtroom at 26th and California, according to prosecutors.

Dave Compton, 60, is facing drug charges that allege he has been smuggling marijuana and cigarettes into the Cook County Jail.
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Former Filipino jail guard a suspect in ICRC kidnapping

A sacked prison guard was part of the armed gang who kidnapped three staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the southern Philippines, authorities said yesterday.

Rescuers have had no communication with the gunmen, who on Thursday snatched Andreas Notter of Switzerland, Eugenio Vagni of Italy and Filipina Jean Lacaba, and the hostages’ condition and location are unknown, Lieutenant-General Nelson Allaga of the Philippine Marines said. Continue reading

Ex-Okla. sheriff accused of coercing sex convicted of 13 felonies, acquitted of 23 others

A former Oklahomasheriff was convicted of second-degree rape and bribery Saturday in a case that accused him of coercing sex from female inmates and drug court defendants.

A Major County jury convicted former Custer County Sheriff Mike Burgess on 13 felonies, including five counts of second-degree rape and three counts of bribery by a public official. He was acquitted of 23 other felony counts that included second-degree rape, forcible sodomy and rape by instrumentation. Continue reading