Prison guard fired for joining the KKK

A prison guard who acknowledged being a member of white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan has been fired for belonging to a subversive or terrorist organisation, a violation of the county agency’s code of ethics.

Wayne Kerschner, an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer, was fired on Tuesday following a 10-month internal investigation.

The investigation revealed that Kerschner applied online for membership to the United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan a year ago, paid $US30 a month for access to a members-only Klan website and that the group did a thorough background check that included his credit history before allowing him to join. Continue reading

Police Search for Texas Prison Guard Accused of Killing Wife, Mother-in-Law


Authorities from Texas to Florida were searching Monday for a prison guard accused of stabbing his wife and mother-in-law in a double-slaying witnessed by children.

Detectives in the Houston suburb of Rosenberg were looking for Albert James Turner, 44, who faces murder charges after an argument at the home of his in-laws turned violent early Sunday, Rosenberg police Lt. Colin Davidson said.

Turner has family near Orlando, Fla., and Davidson said law enforcement agencies all along Interstate 10 have been notified in case Turner is headed that way. The 6-foot-1 Turner weighs about 270 pounds and should be considered armed and dangerous, Davidson said. Continue reading

Uniformed corrections officer shoplifts with nearly $3,000

VICTORVILLE • Authorities arrested a California Department of Corrections employee for shoplifting nearly $3,000 in merchandise from Target while in her uniform and with her 6-year-old son, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Victorville station officials said.
Tonya Henderson, 40, stole several large-ticket items from the Target on Palmdale and Amargosa roads Tuesday, Arden Wiltshire, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department said. She was arrested for commercial burglary.
“I do not recall ever having an incident like this occurring involving a corrections officer,” Wiltshire said.
Henderson was arrested and booked into West Valley Detention Center and her child was turned over to Child Protective Services, Wiltshire said


Correctional officer, woman charged for bringing inmate marijuana, cigarettes

LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) – According to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, on Wednesday, December 30, deputies arrested a 35-year-old Columbia woman and a 29-year-old correctional officer on charges that the woman gave marijuana and cigarettes to the officer, who later brought the contraband into the Lexington County Detention Center.

The officer was fired after he was arrested.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said deputies arrested Tawanda Katherine Williams, 35, at 1:42 a.m. on Wednesday on charges of furnishing contraband to a prisoner, furnishing drugs to a prisoner and distributing marijuana.

Deputies arrested Phillip Anthony Fields, 29, at 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday on two counts of furnishing contraband to a prisoner, two counts of furnishing drugs to a prisoner, two counts of misconduct in office by a public official and one count of possessing marijuana. Continue reading

Dallas County Jail guard admits inmate danced for her

 A Dallas County jail guard has resigned while under investigation for allowing a 20-year-old male inmate to perform a sexually suggestive dance for her to music this month, according to Sheriff’s Department reports.

The “lap dance” incident occurred in the county’s new direct supervision jail, where guards supervise inmates from inside the housing pods – a growing trend in corrections.

Witnesses said Officer Kytrina Lewis was close to the inmate, Gregory Miller of Dallas, and gave him her personal cellphone, which contained photos of her to which he masturbated.

Lewis said in a statement that she knew Miller from school.

“I asked Miller one day could he still dance like in school,” she said. “He stated yes, and on that particular day, he did dance seductively behind my desk.” Continue reading

Ga. Detention Officer Allegedly Supplied Drugs To Inmates

A DeKalb County detention officer is off the job Wednesday following allegations that she supplied contraband to an inmate. Dianne Hill Simpson, 34, of Stone Mountain, allegedly accepted money to provide drugs to inmate Naquan Hart.

Hart was jailed on felony drug charges in October 2009 and now faces an additional felony charge.

Sheriff Thomas Brown said his agency has faced several challenges within the last nine months, with the arrest and/or firing of five detention officers, which includes Simpson, and one deputy sheriff.

“We conduct background checks on all persons hired. Even with prescreening that includes psychological profiles, though, it is obviously difficult in some cases to predict the behavior of an employee encountering the pressures of certain work environments,” said Brown.

Supplying contraband to inmates is a felony offense in Georgia and punishable by one to five years in prison if convicted. Simpson is charged with violation of oath by a public officer.

“I sincerely hope that others in law enforcement – and certainly those representing the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office — will learn from the mistakes of others and realize that errant and illegal behaviors are not tolerated,” Brown said, “and that we all must face the consequences of our decisions and actions.”


Jail guard charged with touching female inmates

ORLANDO, Fla. — An Orange County Jail corrections officer is being investigated after female inmates accused him of inappropriately touching them.

Jail officials report that 53-year-old Michael Russell Combs will be on administrative leave with pay until the Orange County Sheriff’s Office concludes its criminal investigation. Combs was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of battery. He was released on bail later that day.

According to a sheriff’s office report, Combs admitted to patting two women on their butts and other inappropriate touching but insisted he was only trying to encourage the inmates.

Jail officials will continue an internal review once the sheriff’s office has finished its criminal investigation.