Staff, in­mates in­dicted in cor­rup­tion at prison

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS -

BAL­TI­MORE – Twenty peo­ple have been in­dicted on rack­e­teer­ing charges in a broad cor­rup­tion ring that in­volved cor­rec­tions of­fi­cers ac­cept­ing bribes, kick­backs and sex­ual fa­vors to smug­gle con­tra­band to in­mates at a Mary­land prison, fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors said Tues­day.

Em­ploy­ees at the Mary­land Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion in Jes­sup sneaked in drugs, cell­phones, to­bacco and USB drives, which in­mates would sell to oth­ers im­pris­oned at the medium-se­cu­rity fa­cil­ity, ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment.

Cor­rec­tions em­ploy­ees hid con­tra­band “in their hair, cloth­ing, un­der­wear and in­ter­nally” to get past the prison’s se­cu­rity screen­ing, the in­dict­ment said. The em­ploy­ees then de­liv­ered the smug­gled items to in­mates at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions through­out the fa­cil­ity.

“The in­dict­ment de­tails a truly trou­bling level of cor­rup­tion that per­me­ated the cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity,” said Robert Hur, the U.S. at­tor­ney for Mary­land.

At least one cor­rec­tions of­fi­cer was charged with crimes in­volv­ing sex­ual of­fenses against at least three in­mates. In to­tal, six cor­rec­tions em­ploy­ees, seven in­mates and seven “out­side fa­cil­i­ta­tors” were charged in the case un­sealed Tues­day.

– Wash­ing­ton Post

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