Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Guards jailed in Estelle Unit contraband sting

Grits has sometimes complained that prison guards and staff caught smuggling contraband aren't punished as harshly as family members they conspire with in the deed, with few TDCJ staffers even fired, much less prosecuted, for the offense. So I was interested to see a report from the Huntsville Item about two guards from the Estelle Unit who've been charged with felonies for taking bribes:
Two Texas Department of Criminal Justice employees were arrested at the Estelle Unit over the weekend in connection with an investigation concerning contraband being smuggled in to inmates.

Mary Elizabeth Walker and Yosennia Carolina Dejoie were both booked into the Walker County Jail on Saturday.

Walker is being held on two counts of bribery and remains in custody on a pair of $50,000 bonds. Dejoie has been charged with having prohibited substances and items in a correctional facility. Dejoie was released Sunday from the Walker County Jail on a $20,000 bond. ...
Walker and Dejoie were correctional officers at the Estelle Unit, which is located 10 miles north of Huntsville on FM 3478. Walker had been employed by TDCJ for two years, and Dejoie had 10 months of service.
It's one thing to charge them, of course, another to secure convictions. But for whatever reason, these are more serious charges than we're used to seeing brought against contraband-smuggling guards.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sometimes you can tell about them (this particular type of woman) when they show up for the job interview. They are usually not that lean, but they have that hungry look - hungry to tangle with a rapist or a murder. Looking for that bad boy of their dreams. It's not for nothing that they choose to work in a prison. By number, they may account for just 10% of the workers but they their mark.

Hook Em Horns said...

The only way to effectively attack the issue of contraband is to prosecute everyone involved and sentence accordingly.

sunray's wench said...

Anon 4.49 - the same surely could be said for all the MALE officers who do exactly the same things?

I suspect that these female officers will receive a more harsh punnishment if convicted than a male officer would for the same crime.

DEWEY said...

They will probably get away with it. Even though they are female, they are members of the "Good Ole Boy's Club".

Anonymous said...

Prosecution to the fullest extent under the law of correctional staff involved in smuggling contraband, drugs, and other banned or prohibited items is long overdue. I support the vigourous prosecution of individuals who violate the public trust and engage in such acts. Now we need to prosecute those administrators that waste, mismanage, and misrepresent the truth (lie) under oath to legislators and the public.

phillip baker said...

I worked in prisons for about a decade (medical). Most guards are just doing a job- neither evil nor saintly. Some are truly engaged, compassionate people who are godsends. But it the nature of the work that draws a few who just should not be there- the ones who crave power over others and love to exercise it, the sadists, the ones- male and female- who harbor in themselves an attraction to bad boys- and girls. Those few make life miserable for so many, are a danger to others, and need to be booted at the first sign of trouble. Not a minor infraction, mind- but you get to know who they are pretty quick and learn to be on alert around them. They cause a lot of trouble that others must clean up.

Anonymous said...

Those staff who take the job so they can hook up with the criminal are easy to spot. They shake their ass and, almost from day one, display all the warning signs. The trouble is, supervisors almost always ignore these blatant warning signs. I've always wondered why this is. Some tell me it's just part of the culture. My question: why do we allow the worst of us to determine the culture? Many of us have no trouble understanding this. Why do administrators have so much trouble comprehending?

Anonymous said...

I have a son in Texas in prison who has had a sexual affair with a female major...I met her in the visiting room, and you could see the electric sparks fly between them, I can't believe no one else saw it. He laughed about it.

I no longer visit my son, and in fact, when he came up for parole a year ago, I hired an attorney to FIGHT his parole. My son is a dangerous man, in prison for murder, and he should never be let out. He has a "life" sentence.

He also has been caught with a cell phone and other contraband. He thinks it is funny to smuggle stuff in and pay off guards. The guards should be prosecuted and if they are convicted given felony-type sentences. A few convictions and sentences would slow them down at least. Now they do not appear to fear getting caught. No big deal.

Anonymous said...

This is just the tip of the iceberg here. The people employed by TDCJ have no business being over anyone. They themselves should be in prison.

Anonymous said...

Some people seek to be deceived, to be betrayed, to be degraded. This motive is often very strong and can be overwhelming. What better place to get this need met than in a prison interacting with a sociopath? Prison is the perfect playground for those driven by this need. Some guards find that living a double life adds spice to the whole transaction.

Anonymous said...

Send these women to the Gatesville Gulag for a taste of their own medicene.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what this acronym N.C.O.C the first letter (N) stands for National, the last letter (C) stands for Coalition. Please, if anyone can help me with this I would greatly appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

I was in T.D.C.J. for over ten years. Two of those were at the Estelle Unit. I was there in 2010 when the guards, a captain included, murdered a blind (Estelle is a medical unit), older man. They beat him to death in his cell and said that he committed suicide b y jumping off his bunk (right). Furhter, regarding the gender thing - women shouldn't be allowed to work in the men's prison-system. Maybe in the outer office, but never in contact with any inmates...

Anonymous said...

And that's sad because the male officers are much worse, the have relationships with these people more than the women do! I know of what I speak I used to work at this unit! UP ON THREE ROW...IT'S A WHOLE DIFFERENT TYPE OF PARTY!