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


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.


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


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.


Maryland Corrections Officers Fired

 HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Court documents show that a state prison inmate who was beaten by correctional officers in March was injured so badly that he was unrecognizable.

The documents also allege that 42-year-old Kenneth Davis was beaten in four different attacks over a 24-hour period at the Roxbury Correctional Institution.

Several correctional officers were fired, and others have been charged with second-degree assault for their roles in the March 2008 attacks.

The documents also indicate that one of those officers, Lucas Kelley, initially withheld information about the attacks but later testified against his former colleagues.

The documents were filed in connection with a hearing for an officer who’s appealing his firing


Pregnant Ex-Guard May Be Hit With Rape Charge After Sex With Inmate Boyfriend

 A former New Mexico prison guard is being investigated for sexual impropriety, and may be slapped with a rape charge, after she became pregnant during a consensual relationship with an inmate, KRQE News 13 reported.

Reyna Lujan resigned from Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center earlier this year after working at the prison for two years. According to investigators, an informant tipped off a prison officer that Lujan was having sex with inmate Eric Brayman, behind bars for trafficking a controlled substance, in his cell.

Officials listened to 300 phone conversations between Lujan and Brayman, which paint a clear picture of the consensual relationship. Brayman called Lujan “my girl” and told her “it felt good when you touched me today,” according to the police report.

“The sheriff’s office is recommending that she be charged with criminal sexual penetration in this case,” DA spokesman Pat Davis told KOB News in New Mexico. “It’s a second degree felony because it involves a person of authority — in this case, a correctional officer.”

Lujan could potentially be charged with rape for each time she had sex with Brayman, even if it was not forced.

Brayman has since been released from jail and he and Lujan are living together.