INMATE AND FIRED CORRECTIONAL OFFICER PLEAD GUILTY TO EXTORTING INMATE AND FAMILY MEMBER

Former Correctional Officer Schemed with Inmate After She was Terminated by Division of Correction

 

Baltimore, Maryland – Fonda Deneen White, age 41, of Parkville, Maryland, and Jeffrey L. Fowlkes, age 41, an inmate in the Maryland Division of Correction, pleaded guilty today to using the mails to extort money from a Maryland Division of Correction inmate and his family, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

“I am grateful to the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for combating contraband cell phones that allow jailed gang members to endanger public safety,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Our ability to prosecute important cases has been enhanced as a result of Secretary Gary Maynard making it a priority to increase the department’s intelligence capabilities.” Continue reading

Prison guard, girlfriend accused in murder plot

TYLER, Texas — Authorities arrested a Texas Department of Criminal Justice guard and his girlfriend Thursday in an alleged plot to kill the woman’s estranged husband, who thought he and his wife were about to reconcile.

Cathryn Lake, 51, and Rudolph Regalado, 48, were arrested in Tyler on charges of criminal solicitation to commit capital murder. The two were named in indictments unsealed late Thursday that accused them of promising to pay for the murder of Lake’s husband. Continue reading

Former Polk County Jail Sergeant Charged with Using Excessive Force

ATLANTA, GA—JOSHUA DAVID LOWE, 25, of Aragon, Georgia, a former sergeant at the Polk County Jail, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a felony charge of using excessive force against an inmate. LOWE is scheduled to make an initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Walter E. Johnson in Rome on Monday, June 1, 2009, at 10 a.m.

United States Attorney David E. Nahmias said, “The great majority of Georgia’s detention officers serve with honor and courage, often under trying circumstances as they guard the inmates in our jails and prisons. But any officers who abuse their authority by violently assaulting inmates violate the Constitution and face going to prison as inmates.” Continue reading

Prison guard arrested in state police smuggling sting

SUFFIELD, Conn. —

State police say 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 say 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 say 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.norwichbulletin.com/news/x784972653/

Guard charged in hospital beating in Lancaster

A Lancaster County Prison guard last August severely beat a prison inmate who had been shackled to a hospital bed, according to criminal and civil complaints.

Silvestre Villarreal, a longtime prison guard who weighs about 200 pounds, climbed on a bed at Lancaster General Hospital and straddled the inmate, according to the complaint of a civil lawsuit filed a week ago.

The correctional officer repeatedly hit the inmate, Vance Laughman, until nurses intervened. He struck him so hard that he broke his own hand, according to the complaint. Continue reading

GBI: Three arrested in illegal operation at correctional facility

 

SUMTER COUNTY, GA (WTVM) – Special agents and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department arrested three people for attempting to sale marijuana across guard lines to inmates at the Sumter County Correctional Institution.

Felecia Champion, 22, Travis McGruder, 23, and Simone Boone, 19 were arrested on Rucker Street off Georgia Highway 19.  Nearby, inmates from the Sumter County Correctional Institution conducted a work detail.  

We’re told  the suspects allegedly attempted to deliver marijuana.

On Wednesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested correctional officer, 34-year-old James Cooper, for his alleged “violation of oath.”

Cooper is suspected of transporting “contraband” across guard lines at the Sumter County Correctional Institution.  Special agents executed a search warrant at his home on Beauchamp Road in Smithville, Georgia.

Cooper had been a correctional officer for about five years. 

Special agents say the investigation is on-going. News Leader 9 is following this story. We’ll bring you the latest information as soon as it becomes available

 source: http://www.wtvm.com/Global/story.asp?S=10430189

Ex corrections officer arrested for sexual contact with inmate

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon State Police detectives arrested a former Coffee Creek Correctional Facility officer at his Portland home on two charges related to unlawful sexual contact with a female inmate.

They said 29-year-old Darcy Aaron MacKnight was arrested Tuesday morning on a Washington County warrant charging him with custodial sexual misconduct and official misconduct. MacKnight was a corrections officer at the facility from August 2006 until he resigned in January 2008.

In December 2008, state police detectives began investigating allegations he had unlawful sexual contact with a female inmate in a control room at the facility.

source: http://www.kgw.com/news-local/stories/kgw_051909_news_corrections_officer_arrested.1b7ad2bc.html