The Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee was told in November that TDCJ has caught 46 guards smuggling cell phones into prisons since a system-wide lockdown was implemented this fall, but we've heard nothing yet about prosecutions in any of those state cases.
A former correctional officer at the Ector County Correctional Center faces a federal bribery charge for allegedly supplying an inmate with three bags of marijuana and a cell phone in exchange for about $450, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.
Andrew Allen Zehr, 23, faces up to 15 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine if convicted of the offense alleged to have taken place in late October. ...
Zehr was employed by New Jersey-based CiviGenics, otherwise known as Community Education Centers. The company is contracted by the county to manage the federal holding facility inside the Ector County Courthouse, the Odessa American reported Tuesday for its online edition.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
After all the hubbub about contraband smuggling in state prisons, it's ironic that the only recent example we've seen of indictments against prison staff for contraband comes from a privately run federal facility. AP reports that: