Prosecutors Thursday said they are seeking more possible victims after arresting a Harris County employee accused of taking bribes to provide clean urine to defendants out on bail.
Jorge Alfonso Campble, 45, was arrested Wednesday on charges of bribery and tampering with evidence after investigators set up a sting with marked money, video recording equipment and a 23-year-old defendant on bail for possession of marijuana, Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Devine said.
He is the second county urine monitor to face bribery charges in connection with court-required urinalysis in two months. ...
In May, a urine monitor who worked for Harris County’s Community Supervision and Corrections Department for less than two months was charged with bribery after being accused of taking $200 to turn in a fraudulent drug test form.
The case against Thomas Edward Walker, 22, who was accused of falsifying a report instead of ensuring that the person’s urinalysis was performed correctly, are pending.
I've never been a big fan of urinalysis and other probation-style bail conditions, anyway, considering them a needless source of expense that promotes jail overcrowding without much resultant benefit in public safety. That's even more the case if the system is so riddled with corruption that positive urine tests are overlooked in exchange for bribes like they were Mexican traffic tickets. Then you have to begin to wonder, what's the point?
Two of these cases cropping up in different Harris County departments makes the matter even more worrisome; it means the problem apparently isn't localized, certainly not in just one department and perhaps not just in Houston. These functions are performed in a twilight land that typically receives little public scrutiny and it wouldn't surprise me to discover the same problem happening in other jurisdictions if anybody bothered to look.