Staff, inmates indicted in corruption at prison
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