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The Year in News 2012

Correctional Officer Charged With Having Sex With Inmate
My Fox
Staff Writer
August 29,
A correctional officer assigned to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution located in New Castle, DE has been arrested after a female inmate reported having sexual relations with him. The officer has been charged with sexual relations in a detention facility.  For more on this article click here.

NY jail guard convicted of abusing female inmates
The Wall Street Journal
Associated Press
August 23, 2012

Mark Barber, a former correction officer, was found guilty and convicted of 30 counts of sexually abusing female inmates at a Long Island, NY jail.  He will be sentenced in September and is facing up to 10 years in prison. For more on this article click here

Kentucky penitentiary employee charged with rape
The Sacramento Bee
The Associated Press
August 22, 2012

A former employee of the Kentucky State Penitentiary has been charged with third-degree rape after police say she had a relationship with an inmate. For more on this article click here.

Ex-prison guard to pay $750,000 judgment to inmate
The Sacramento Bee
The Associated Press
August 16, 2012

A former Topeka Correctional Facility officer who had sex with inmates has been ordered to pay $750,000 to one of the inmates. Under a plea agreement in 2010, the officer was found guilty on two counts of improper sexual conduct with female prison inmates. He received probation. Court records indicate an order was signed Monday entering the civil judgment against the officer but released supervisors at the prison and Kansas Department of Correction officials from the lawsuit because the state paid a $30,000 settlement to the inmate. For more on this article click here.

Ex-Prison Guard Indicted on Rape Charges
Albuquerque Journal
Patrick Lohmann
August 11, 2012

UPDATE: A retired jail guard captain was indicted on charges of raping an inmate multiple times at the Los Lunas, New Mexico state prison.  A grand jury indicted the guard on four criminal sexual penetration charges.  Each count could carry six to nine years in prison. Civil litigation was initiated against the captain in May 2012. For more on this article click here.

Jury gets case of Colorado inmates' alleging sex assault by jail guard
The Denver Post

John Ingold
August 8, 2012

A Colorado prison inmate wept on the witness stand in federal court while facing a jail guard whom she says sexually assaulted her and exposed himself to her and another inmate at the Denver Women's Correctional Facility; he then forced them to perform a sexual act on him. For more on this article click here

Prison Guard Faces More Rape Charges
Tulsa World News
Cary Aspinwall
August 5, 2012

A guard from the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in Oklahoma was charged with additional counts of forcible sodomy and second-degree rape related to sexual acts with a female inmate. The guard had previously been disciplined for inappropriate contact with inmates. In February, officials charged him with one count of second-degree rape and several counts of forcible sodomy for alleged acts with a different inmate. For more on this article click here.

Prison nurse who had sex with inmate loses appeal
Journal Sentinel
The Associated Press
Aug. 1, 2012
UPDATE: A former prison nurse at Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution, in Sheboygan County, WI, convicted of sexual assault after having sex with an inmate, lost her appeal.  She was convicted last year of second-degree sexual assault after admitting having sex with an inmate in the prison's health services unit about six different times. For more on this article click here.  

FBI investigating sexual misconduct involving jailer
Bowie County Citizen
Robin Aaron
July 31, 2012

A jail employee  has been arrested on charges of sexual assault of a Bowie County, TX female inmate for improper sexual activity with a person in custody. For more on this article click here.

5 more inmates file sex abuse lawsuits - plaintiffs allege problem 'rampant' at Coffee Creek Correctional Institution
Statesman Journal
Michael Rose
July 29, 2012

Five more female inmates at the Coffee Creek Correctional Institution have filed lawsuits accusing prison staff of sexual abuse, and are seeking $1.1 million in damages. For more on this article click here.

Bi-State correctional officer charged after alleged assault
KSLA – Channel 12
Carolyn Roy
July 27, 2012

A correctional officer at the Bi-State Justice Center in Texas has been charged with improper sexual activity with a person in custody, after a female inmate claimed she was sexually assaulted. For more on this article click here.  

Corrections officers allowed inmates to enter Avery Hadley's Metropolitan Detention Center cell and stomp on his head so severely that he suffered a permanent brain injury
Albuquerque Journal
Scott Sandlin
July 26, 2012

Bernalillo County corrections officers allowed inmates to enter the cell of another inmate and stomp on his head so severely that he suffered a permanent brain injury and now has a titanium plate in his head.  That misconduct will cost Bernalillo County taxpayers about $2.5 million under terms of a settlement approved Tuesday by a federal judge. For more on this article click here.

Nassau inmate sex abuse trial opens
Long Island Newsday
Ann Givens
July 23, 2012

A grievance officer at the Nassau County jail in Long Island, NY is accused of making arrangements so he could be alone with six female inmates at various times between 2007 and 2009, then asked them for sex in exchange for items they wanted. For more on this article click here.

Former Sheriff's deputy sentenced to three years for sex abuse
Statesman Journal
July 20, 2012

A former Marion County Sheriff's Deputy has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a female inmate under his supervision. Mark Samuels, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree custodial sexual misconduct, one count of second-degree sex abuse, two counts of second-degree sexual misconduct and two counts of third-degree sex abuse. For more on this article click here.   

Former New Mexico Corrections Officer Pleads Guilty to Civil Rights Violations of Inmate
Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
July 12, 2012
Sylvester Bruce, a former corrections officer with Navajo Nation’s Shiprock Detention Center in Shiprock, NM, plead guilty in federal court on charges related to the sexual abuse of an inmate.  Bruce pleaded guilty to one count of violating the civil rights of the victim when he touched her breasts against her will, and he also pleaded guilty to making material false statements to the FBI when he denied taking pictures of inmates inside the cells of the SDC.  Bruce is sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 12 months and a day. For more on this article click here.  

Ex-Lincoln County detective admits sex abuse of women in drug court program
St. Louis Post Dispatch
July 11, 2012

A former detective with the Lincoln County, MO Sheriff’s Department plead guilty to violating the constitutional rights of five women by sexually abusing them while the women were participating in a drug court program.  Scott Edwards, plead guilty to felony misdemeanor charges of deprivation of rights under color of law including sexual contact. For more on this article click here.

Ex-corrections officer at Fort Worth federal prison may do time for sex with inmate
Darren Barbee
July 9, 2012

A former, female corrections officer who pleaded guilty to having sex with an inmate at a federal prison faces the possibility of a long prison sentence.  Michele L. O'Neal admitted that, she voluntarily engaged in a sexual act with an inmate in a basement on the grounds of the Fort Worth Federal Correctional Institution. For more on this article click here.

Ex-Wasatch County jailer faces second lawsuit, more sexual assault charges
Deseret News
Dennis Romboy
July 9, 2012

A former inmate filed suit alleging that a now former Wasatch County jailer sexually assaulted her while she was incarcerated, and threatened to get her jail time extended if she did not comply with his demands.  According to a federal indictment, the officer also forced two female inmates at various times to expose their breasts so he could touch and photograph them and forced one woman to reach down his pants. For more on this article click here.  

Correctional Officer Has Sex With Female Prisoner
NBS News Channel 10
David Chang
July 3, 2012

A Delaware correctional officer was arrested for allegedly having sex with a female prisoner.  The woman claimed she and the officer began a friendly relationship shortly after she entered a work release program and soon became sexual in nature. For more on this article click here.

2 former Indiana County inmates claim abuse
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Rich Lord
July 3, 2012

Two former inmates of the Indiana County Jail accused a former corrections officer of sexual assault and oppression in a lawsuit that reached federal court.  The former corrections officer allegedly made unsolicited advances, and violated inmates' constitutional rights and faces a total of 20 counts of terroristic threats, witness intimidation, official oppression, harassment and institutional sexual assault. For more on this article click here.

Former Georgia Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty to Conspiring with Other Officers to Assault and Injure Inmates
7th Space
July 3, 2012
Willie Redden, a former member of the Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) at Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe, Georgia, pleaded guilty to conspiring with other correctional officers to violate the civil rights of inmates, according to the Justice Department. Redden admitted that correctional officers beat inmates to punish them.  One inmate was beaten until he was unresponsive. For more on this article click here.

Federal prison guard in Philadelphia gets 32 months for forcing inmate into oral sex
The Inquirer Daily News
Michael Hinkelman
June 29, 2012

A senior corrections officer at the Federal Detention Center was sentenced to 32 months in a federal lockup for coercing male inmates into having oral sex with him. For more on this article click here.

Three Albuquerque Men Indicted on Federal Civil Rights and Obstruction Charges
U.S. DOJ Civil Rights Division News
June 29, 2012
A federal grand jury in Albuquerque, NM has issued a seven-count indictment charging three corrections officers at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) with various crimes related to the assault of an inmate and subsequent attempts to cover up and impede the investigation of the assault.  For more on this article click here.

Jail Guard Refused to Give Rape Victim Morning After Pill
The Huffington Post
Chelsea Hoffman
June 28, 2012
A Florida jail guard refused to provide a rape victim with the second half of her prescribed morning-after-pill dosage citing religious reasoning. For more on this article click here.

Neb. Prison Employee Arrested In Inmate Sex Case
ABC News
Alan Gathright
June 28, 2012
A Community Corrections Center caseworker from a Nebraska state prison was arrested and accused of having sex with an inmate.  The caseworker was held on charges of sexual abuse/sexual assault of an inmate and prohibited acts of a correctional employee and resigned after being arrested.  For more on this article click here.

Ex-inmate sues over being shackled just before giving birth
Las Vegas Review Journal
Jeff German
Jun. 20, 2012

A former Nevada prison inmate filed a lawsuit alleging she was denied proper medical attention and "placed at serious risk of substantial harm" when guards shackled her ankles during an ambulance ride to give birth to her baby. For more on this article click here.

Former prison employee indicted on sexual abuse charges
News 3 TV
June 20, 2012

A former federal prison employee in Arizona has been indicted on charges that he sexually abused inmates.  A federal grand jury indicted the employee on five counts of aggravated sexual abuse and eight counts of sexual abuse of a ward.  For more on this article click here.

Oklahoma prison case manager faces charges of rape, introducing contraband
News OK
Andrew Knittle
June 16, 2012

A female employee of the Joseph Harp Correctional Center was caught on tape having a sexual conversation with a male inmate and has been charged with rape, bringing a cellphone into the prison and supplying marijuana and drugs to prisoners.  The inmate told investigators he had sex with the employee on “30 to 40 separate occasions.”  For more on this article click here.

Corrections officers sentenced in assault
The Baltimore Sun
Tricia Bishop
June 15, 2012

Two correctional officers convicted this spring for their roles in assaulting a female inmate last year at the state-run Central Booking and Intake Facility in Baltimore, MD were sentenced to prison.  Larry Morris was found guilty in of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and conspiracy.  He received a 10-year sentence.  Shannon Rivies, who was convicted of conspiracy, was sentenced to five years in prison. For more on this article click here.  

Five Officers Arrested for Rikers Attacks
The Wall Street Journal
Jennifer Malony
June 14, 2012

Five New York City correction officers have been arrested on assault and other charges after an investigation found that their written justifications for using force against Rikers inmates didn't match surveillance video.  The city Department of Investigation said the arrests occurred over the past three months as part of a larger probe scrutinizing the accounts officers give for violent altercations with inmates. For more on this article click here.

Sedgwick County investigating jail rape allegation
June 13, 2012
Authorities in Sedgwick County, Kansas are investigating allegations that a county deputy raped a male inmate in his cell. The rape allegation comes at a time when the jail has been sued in federal court over treatment of mentally ill inmates. For more on this article click here.  

Inmate takes stand in trial of Corrections Officer
WKTV- News Channel 2
Joleen Ferris
June 12, 2012
A corrections officer is standing trial for the assault and attempted assault of an inmate at Midstate Correctional Facility. The inmate alleges the officer teased him, pulled him from the main food line in the mess hall into a more private vestibule, and started beating him to the point where he had a seizure. The officer is on unpaid, administrative leave. For more on this article click here.   

Cop on West Side relieved of duty in jail-sex investigation
Chicago Sun Times
Mark Konkol

June 7, 2012

A Chicago police officer has been stripped of his police powers while authorities investigate an allegation that he engaged in a sex act with a man being held in the Harrison District police station in Illinois. For more on this article click here.  

2 ex-prison guards to plead guilty in beating of Erie inmate
Erie Times News
Ed Palatella
June 4, 2012

Jason Worcester and Clifford Palmer, two former Erie County Prison guards will plead guilty to facilitating the beating of an inmate.  According to court records, each will receive one count of official oppression, and a second degree misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to commit simple assault. For more on this article click here.

SCI Pittsburgh ex-inmate claims guards beat him
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 3, 2012

A former inmate of the State Correctional Institution in Pittsburg has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against officers Harry F. Nicoletti and Jerome Lynch, alleging that he was beaten by corrections officers during a brief stay at the prison in 2010, because he was a sex offender.For more on this article click here.

Former Dept. of Correction officer arrested for sexual contact with an inmate
ABC News 6
Jaclyn Brandt
May 24, 2012

The Idaho DOC Office of Professional Standards launched an administrative investigation into the conduct and sexual allegations made against a former correctional officer. The officer, who resigned in April, worked at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution. The sexual contact allegedly occurred while the inmate was being treated at a Boise hospital. For more on this article click here.  

Head of NM prison system reacts to allegations of rape, cover-ups
4 On Your Side
Chris Ramirez
May 21, 2012

UPDATE: The New Mexico DOC will comply with an FBI investigation into allegations that a prison captain repeatedly raped an inmate and a warden tried to cover it up.  The captain allegedly handcuffed an inmate to office furniture and raped him several times. The suit alleges that if the inmate refused the sex acts or told anyone, he would be thrown off a balcony and made to look like another inmate did it. The lawsuit also alleges then-warden Anthony Romero tried to thwart an FBI investigation into the rapes. For more on this article click here.     

Prison rape lawsuit sparks NM warden investigation
The Republic
Russell Contreras
May 17, 2012

UPDATE: The New Mexico DOC is launching an investigation into allegations that a now-retired captain at the Los Lunas state prison forced an inmate into various sexual acts and threated him if he didn't participate; and that the facility warden at the time, thwarted the FBI’s inquiry into the alleged rape. For more on this article click here.  

Lawsuit: NM inmate raped by prison captain, warden thwarted fed probe
The Republic
The Associated Press
May 15, 2012
A former New Mexico prison inmate filed a lawsuit making several explosive allegations that in 2011 he was repeatedly raped while handcuffed by a captain at the Central New Mexico Correction Facility in Los Lunas, and the prison warden and other authorities thwarted a federal investigation into the rapes.  The incident is currently being investigated. For more on this article click here.    

Patient's Treatment at North Texas state psych hospital under scrutiny
The American Statesman
Andrea Ball
May 5, 2012

An Arlington, Texas woman at Dawson State Jail told staffers that she had been beaten and raped while in custody.  Medical records at the North Texas State Hospital confirmed signs of sexual and physical abuse, but hospital staffers did not call law enforcement.  Now multiple state agencies are investigating, including the Office of the Inspector General for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Office of Inspector General for the Health and Human Services Commission, and the Department of State Health Services. For more on this article click here.  

Corrections Director Calls Sexual Assault Of Inmates A Nation-wide Problem
OPB News
Kristian Foden-Vencil
May 1, 2012

UPDATE: The director of Oregon's Department of Corrections says problems with staff sexually assaulting inmates is not limited to Coffee Creek prison, but is a nationwide problem.  An investigation found that at least 17 female prisoners were abused by prison staff at Coffee Creek.  Over the last 10 years at Coffee Creek, six staff members have been convicted of sexual misconduct. For more on this article click here.

Prison guard convicted of attempted rape
Eric Shilling
May 1, 2012

UPDATE: A jury convicted Frederick Brenyah, a Taconic Correctional Facility guard of attempted rape, criminal sex act, and official misconduct after a female inmate testified that he forced her to have sex with him.  Brenyah faces up to 4 years in prison. For more on this article click here.  

UPDATE: Abuse of women inmates at Oregon's Coffee Creek prison goes on for years
The Oregonian
Les Zaitz
April 29, 2012
Records show that prison landscape manager Paul W. Golden abused women prisoners from 2006 to 2008 at Oregon’s Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.  Golden is serving an 11-year prison term at Two Rivers Correctional Institution.  Three other workers also were convicted. For more information on this article click here

Ex-Miss. mayor sentenced in inmate sex case
Associated Press
Holbrook Mohr
April 24, 2012
In October 2009, Grady Sims became warden of the Walnut Grove Transition Center, which is privately operated by the GEO Group.  The former prison warden was sentenced to seven months in jail for telling an inmate to lie to investigators about sex they had in a hotel room in 2009. For more information on this article click here 

Five women sue Jail Authority for sexual misconduct
The West Virginia Record
Kyla Asbury and Kanawha Bureau
April 24, 2012

Five women are suing the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority after they were sexually harassed and abused by correctional officers at the jail. For more information on this article click here 

Justice Department finds 'alarming conditions' in recent inspection of New Orleans jail
Michael Kunzelman
April 23, 2012
The US Justice Department found "alarming conditions" in a recent inspection of the New Orleans jail and uncovered persistently high rates of staff misconduct and violence.  A Justice Department official found that the jail is a "violent and dangerous institution" and accuses jail officials of failing to take basic steps to correct "systemic issues" and "serious constitutional violations."For more information on this article click here

Ex-guard at Carswell guilty of sexually abusing inmate
Deanna Boyd
April 23, 2012

A former Federal Medical Center correctional officer, Kraig D. Lavan, plead guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a female inmate.  Lavan engaged in a "sexual act" with the victim, who was at the time in official detention and under the custodial authority of the defendant.  He faces up to 15 years in a federal prison and a $250,000 fine, according to court documents. For more information on this article click here

Inmate takes stand in guard rape case
Eric Shilling
April 23, 2012

A female prison inmate accused a correction officer of grabbing her by the arm, throwing her against a bathroom wall and raping her at the Taconic Correctional Facility in New York.  Frederick Brenyah has pleaded not guilty to rape and other charges, which stem from an encounter. Brenya has a previous accusation of rape against him and has been suspended without pay since the latest incident. He was acquitted in 2003 of propping a woman on a bathroom sink and raping her. After that incident, the DOCCS had tried to fire Brenyah but failed when a labor arbitrator returned him to duty in 2004. For more information on this article click here

Love affair gone wrong at prison
Wanton Writer
Rick Yencer
April 21, 2012

A mental health counselor is accused of having sex with an inmate at the New Castle Correctional Facility in Indiana.  Elizabeth M. Covington was charged with two felony counts of sexual misconduct with a detainee and trafficking with an inmate.  The sexual encounter is not the first case of misconduct found at the state correctional facility. For more information on this article click here

Prison rape: Justice Department says poor design, training, attitudes fuel assaults
Denver Westword
Alan Predergast

April 20, 2012

A BJS survey estimates that more than 200,000 adult prisoners endured sexual assaults in 2008.  Openly gay inmates are among the most frequent targets of sexual predators behind bars. For more information on this article click here 

Correctional officers accused of separate sex
Jai Cunningham
April 19, 2012
Two correctional officers are accused of sexually assaulting detainees. One is accused of sexually assaulting a woman while she was in custody at the cellblock in District Court, the other charged in a federal grand jury indictment with having inappropriate sexual contact with a prisoner at the Federal Detention Center. For more information on this article click here

Why Are Prisoners Committing Suicide in Pennsylvania?
The Nation
Matt Stroud
April 19, 2012

On December 1, 2011 the Justice Department announced an investigation into SCI Cresson as well as SCI Pittsburgh in response to allegations of prisoner abuse. For more information on this article click here

LAPD plans separate transgender area in jail
Los Angeles Times
April 18, 2012

The Los Angeles Police Department plans to open a segregated lockup for biologically male and female suspects who identify themselves as members of the opposite sex. Currently transgender men and women arrested by Los Angeles police are housed in the station closest to where they are. Transgender women are housed with the male population. Advocates have long argued that this puts transgender inmates at risk of being sexually assaulted or beaten. The department will be training officers to refer to transgender individuals by the name and gender they prefer and treat them with respect and. The county jail will not be affected by the changes. For more information on this article click here

Women’s prison worker arrested for sexual misconduct
KOIN Local 6
Melissa Walther
April 13, 2012

A Coffee Creek Correctional facility employee has been arrested on official misconduct and custodial sexual misconduct charges.  A four month investigation by Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division Major Crimes Section culminated in the arrest of Schawn Jacob Riley. For more information on this article click here 

Former Deputy Indicted on Sex Crime Charges
Metro News, West Virginia
April 4, 2012
A former sheriff's deputy in Pocahontas County, WV faces multiple sex-related charges for allegedly abusing and assaulting teenage girls and an adult woman while they were in police custody.  Bradley C. Totten was indicted on charges offirst-degree sexual abuse, second-degree sexual assault, third-degree sexual, sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian and attempted first-degree sexual abuse. For more information on this article click here

Georgia inmate sues prison over beating
Associated Press
April 4, 2012

An inmate, in the Macon, Georgia State Prison was hospitalized after he was beaten and attacked while handcuffed by prison guards.  The guards involved no longer work for the prison, but face charges of aggravated battery and violation of oath of office in connection with the beating. For more information on this article click here 

Pittsburgh Prison Abuse

Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Associated Press
April 3, 2012

Nine guards were suspended last year and seven were criminally charged from the Pittsburgh state prison. Harry Nicoletti, the main guard being investigated, faces 92 criminal counts including institutional sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and official oppression.  He's accused of raping, fondling, beating and abusing inmates.  He has also been named in federal civil rights lawsuits filed by inmates. For more information on this article click here

The Year in News 2011

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The Year in News 2010

Custer County settles with sexually abused former inmates for $10 million
The Oklahoman
By Ron Jackson
May 11, 2010

Custer County commissioners reached a $10 million settlement Monday in a 2007 federal lawsuit over sexual abuse of 14 female inmates by former sheriff Mike Burgess and some deputies. Custer County taxpayers will ultimately pay for the $10 million settlement through property taxes. Burgess, 57, is serving 79 years in prison. He was convicted in January 2009 of 13 felony charges related to female inmates and drug court participants, including kidnapping, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and rape.

Prisoners on Trial for Sex Abuse of Inmate
Charleston Daily Mail
Cheryl Caswell
April 28, 2010

Two inmates at South Central Regional Jail are on trial for the sexual assault of a female prisoner. Brandon Cantrell and Christopher Rader were indicted by a grand on charges of sexual abuse and sexual assault of a female inmate in September 2007. Even though male and female inmates aren't supposed to be together, a correctional officer escorted the alleged victim to a recreation yard and Cantrell and Rader were brought to the area later.

Minn deputy accused of sexual abuse
The Associated Press
April 2, 2010

A Stearns County sheriff's deputy is accused of sexually abusing three teenagers. Deputy Phillip Meemken was charged Friday with 21 counts, including 18 counts of criminal sexual conduct. Meemken headed the Stearns County Police Explorer Program, which involves young people in law enforcement. Some of the alleged victims were part of that program. He was placed on paid administrative leave last December when the allegations were reported but is now being held in the county jail.

Transgender inmates freed from hormone lockdown: A Wisconsin law banning gender therapy is overturned
Sade Doyle
April 2, 2010

A Wisconsin law banning transgender inmates from receiving taxpayer-funded hormone therapy in prison has been struck down. The ruling represents a substantial victory for the five transgender women who pressed the case, and for transgender inmates in general. Citing the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, advocates say the hard and fast rules that are used to classify transgender inmates often subject them to greater danger.

Corrections Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Abuse of Female Inmate
March 1, 2010

A Louisville Metro Corrections officer accused of having sex with an inmate appeared before a judge Monday morning and entered a plea of not guilty. Officer James Mikesell is charged with tampering with physical evidence, sexual assault and official misconduct. The charges stem from what has been described as an "inappropriate relationship" with a female inmate. Mikesell is on unpaid leave from Metro Corrections.

AU Professor Testifies On Sex Abuse
Peter Granitz
February 24, 2010

An American University law professor testified before a House panel about sexual abuse at the Oak Hill Youth Center, D.C.'s juvenile detention facility that closed last year. Eleven percent of the juveniles who stayed at Oak Hill reported some form of sexual abuse. Professor Brenda Smith, who is also a member of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, says that number could actually be significantly higher because kids do not always report every incident. Smith says she's been reaching out to District leaders to create an outreach program that would teach children about prison sexual abuse. Smith urged the congressional panel to enact the commission's standards on detecting or preventing abuse.

Former prison guard ordered to pay $1.5 Million to rape victim
ABC News 4 Salt Lake City
February 24, 2010

A former prison guard convicted of raping an inmate has been ordered to pay $1.5 Million. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, a US District Judge said the amount is designed to both compensate the victim, and to make all Corrections Officers think twice about how they treat inmates. Louis Poleate, who also served five years in prison for the rape has also been ordered to pay the victim's attorney fees.

Georgetown County Detention Officer Investigated for Sex with Inmates
WCBD- TV News Channel 2
February 16, 2010

The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation into a correctional officer’s alleged sexual relationship with inmates is complete. The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office fired correctional officer, Bevlin Lee Sherrill in December 2009 after Georgetown County Detention Center officials discovered a letter from Sherill to a female inmate. The GCSO says the letter provided evidence of a relationship.

8th Circuit: Sheriff Not Liable For Sexual Assault Committed By Deputy
KATV News 7
February 11, 2010

A sheriff’s failure to train a deputy not to sexually assault detainees is not sufficient to hold the sheriff liable for an assault committed by the deputy, a federal appeals court ruled today. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a U.S. District judge’s ruling that Hot Spring County Sheriff Ron Ball was liable for then-deputy Stephen Fite’s assault of a woman he arrested.

Two Female Prison Inmates Sue Maine over Sex
The Boston Herald
Associated Press
February 3, 2010

Two woman who had sex with correctional officers at a Maine prison are suing the state and a number of correctional officers. Just over a year ago a former officer at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham was sentenced to four months in jail for having sex with two inmates and another officer pleaded guilty to charges that he did not report the incidents. On Tuesday the two women sued the correctional center, two sergeants and three top corrections department officials. They are seeking unspecified damages. The complaint accuses the former officers of negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and violations of the Maine Civil Rights Act.

Jury Alleges Criminal Conduct occurred at County Jail
Martinsville Bulletin
Amanda Buck
February 3, 2010

“Unprofessional and criminal conduct” in the Henry County Jail during the last five years ranged from smuggled contraband to inappropriate sexual contact between male officers and female inmates, alleges the report of a special grand jury charged with investigating the matter. The grand jury alleges in its report “that during the last five years there have been repeated instances of unprofessional and criminal conduct by certain members of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department with regards to the Henry County Jail.” In addition to allegations of wrongdoing in the jail, the grand jury said the sheriff’s office administration did not respond adequately to the discovery of problems.

Allegheny County Jail Guard Suspended in Alleged Sex Assault
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Michael Hasch
January 8, 2010

An Allegheny County Jail guard was suspended after he was arrested Thursday on charges of sexually assaulting a female inmate. Charles L. Walker was arraigned in Night Court on charges of institutional sexual assault and related crimes for an incident that occurred Dec. 27 at the Downtown lockup. Walker acknowledged a sexual encounter with the woman but denied some of her charges, he insists that she initiated the sex.

The Year in News 2009

Former Craggy Correctional Center Worker Faces Sex Charges: Relations with Inmate Alleged
The Citizen-Times
Clarke Morrison
December 16, 2009

A former counselor at Craggy Correctional Center faces charges of having sex with an inmate serving a life sentence for murder. Tina Lynn Devore was charged with three counts of sexual activity by a custodian. The indictments allege that Devore had sexual intercourse with inmate David Lee Williams. Devore worked as a substance abuse counselor for the N.C. Department of Corrections.

N.M Officer Impregnated by Inmate Charged with Rape
The Albuquerque Journal
Rozanna M. Martinez
December 22, 2009

A corrections officer who might have become pregnant by a jail inmate has been indicted for allegedly having sex with the man who was under her authority. Reyna Lujan is charged with three counts of criminal sexual penetration. Jail staff pulled hundreds of phone call recordings from the jail to Lujan's cell phone number based on a tip from another inmate that she and an inmate had a relationship. The two could be heard discussing their relationship, sexual activity and the inmate being the father of Lujan's child.

Prison Nurse Charged with Having Sex with Inmate

Sheboygan Press
Erik Litke
December 8, 2009

A prison nurse was charged Monday for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an inmate Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution in western Sheboygan County. The relationship included six instances of sexual contact in an exam room and was found out after the nurse, Laurie A. Blum called the inmate's cellblock to say good night. Blum is charged with second-degree sexual assault by correctional staff, a felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

6 more inmate sex abuse suits filed in Ore.

The Democrat Herald
December 7, 2009

Six more current or former inmates at Oregon's prison for women have sued the state, claiming they were sexually abused and harassed by male prison employees. The latest lawsuits, which were filed late last week, bring the total number to 11 cases alleging sexual abuse at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. Among the allegations in the new suits is that a corrections officer forced inmates to perform sex acts and demanded sex in exchange for letting women out of their cells or letting them off the hook for violating rules. The latest suits name three prison employees, including a corrections officer sentenced this summer to three years of probation for having sex with an inmate and a maintenance worker who resigned after he was arrested on charges of sexual misconduct. The third employee, an officer, remains at work at the prison that houses about 1,100 inmates. In 2004, the state paid $350,000 to settle a sexual abuse case. In 2005, the state Legislature made it a felony for prison employees to have intercourse with inmates. Other sexual contact is a misdemeanor. Two former maintenance workers were sentenced on sex abuse convictions this summer.

Idaho inmate convicted of raping cellmate
KBCI 2 News
November 24, 2009

Idaho Department of Correction Officials said Tuesday that an inmate has been convicted of raping another inmate inside the prison. Prison officials say on Nov. 17, an Ada County jury found Cody Vealton Thompson guilty of rape and attempting to intimidate a witness. They say it's the first time in the history of the state's 120-year-old correctional system that an inmate has been found guilty of rape. Thompson, who will be sentenced Dec. 22, raped his cellmate Sept. 15, 2008 at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution, according to officials.

Correctional officer gets 40 days in inmate-sex case
Richmond Times Dispatch
Frank Green
November 24, 2009

A federal correctional officer who admitted that she took an inmate from a prison camp to area motels for sex two years ago was sentenced yesterday to 40 days in jail. Shearico White, a senior federal correctional officer assigned to the Federal Correctional Camp Petersburg, pleaded guilty in August to aiding and abetting the escape of inmate Derick Favonta Askew. In a statement of facts signed by White, she concedes that on several occasions in 2007, she got Askew out of the prison camp and took him to local motels for sex.

Former prison guard sentenced in rape case
News West 9
The Associated Press
November 21, 2009

A former corrections officer has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for raping four female inmates at a private prison in Albuquerque. Anthony Townes pled guilty to four counts of rape and false imprisonment. The rapes occurred between January and August 2007 at the Camino Nuevo Correctional Center.

Prisoners Allege Sexual Abuse
North Carolina News and Observer
Mandy Locke
November 20, 2009

Four female inmates have filed a federal class-action lawsuit accusing North Carolina prison officials of subjecting female prisoners to extensive sexual violence and harassment amounting to cruel and unusual punishment. The lawsuit claims that the women were raped, groped, threatened and sexually humiliated. The claim comes on the heels of at least seven separate sexual assaults on female inmates for which the state has offered payouts to avoid legal action. The lawsuit targets top administrators at the state Department of Correction and seven former and current staff members accused of assaulting and harassing the prisoners or protecting employees who did.

Female inmate alleges sex misconduct
Suevon Lee
November 18, 2009

An inmate at Lowell Correctional Facility has filed a federal lawsuit against state prison officials for alleged sexual misconduct she faced at the hands of a former male corrections officer at the all-female prison in Ocala. The lawsuit, filed in Florida’s Middle District, names the Florida Department of Corrections, Florida Office of Inspector General and the prison’s warden among those who allegedly failed to provide meaningful and effective policy and procedures for inmates to report abusive behavior. The plaintiff, a 27-year-old woman, claims she was subject to multiple instances of sexual assault by former corrections officer Troy Saunders while she was incarcerated at Lowell in December 2005 and again in June 2007.

NV prison guard firing for inmate romance upheld

Las Vegas Sun
The Associated Press
November 14, 2009

A hearing officer has upheld the firing of a Nevada correctional officer for having a "romantic relationship" with an inmate. Hearing officer upheld the Department of Correction's decision to fire Amelia Jimenez because the weight of the evidence supports the conclusion that she had "an improper relationship" with inmate Jesse Le Blanc. Le Blanc admitted the relationship, but said it was romantic and not sexual in nature.

Fresno County Jail Officer Accused of Sexual Abuse
The Fresno Bee
November 11, 2009

A correctional officer at Fresno County Jail has been put on administrative leave while officials investigate allegations that the officer sexually abused an inmate. The officer was identified as Maria Veronica Quintanilla. Quintanilla is on paid administrative leave pending the results of a criminal and administrative investigation. An attorney for inmate Richard Burrell contacted the Sheriff's Office on Monday and reported the allegations.

Reporters prison access scrutinized
Topeka Capital-Journal
James Carlson
October 29, 2009

The Kansas Department of Corrections is pursuing disciplinary action against an area lawyer who helped a reporter chronicle illegal sexual relationships at the state's prison for women in Topeka. In an ethics complaint filed with the Office of Disciplinary Administrator, Charles Simmons, deputy secretary of corrections, says attorney Keen Umbehr misrepresented the occupation of Topeka Capital-Journal reporter Tim Carpenter when the two entered the Topeka Correctional Facility in August to interview two inmates.

Two Jailers Arrested For Alleged Rape of Inmate
News Channel 8 Oklahoma
October 29, 2009

Two jailers at the Logan County jail have been arrested on charges of raping a female inmate in her cell. Rahmel Jefferies and Alexander Mendez each face two counts of rape and two counts of sodomy. Court documents say both have admitted going into the woman's cell on Oct. 9 and having sex with her.

Ex-detective arrested for sexual battery on inmate
WPTV-5 Florida
Carolyn Scofield
October 22, 2009

Former Detective Sergeant Tommie Joe Brock is facing criminal charges for checking a female inmate out of the jail in early June, walking her over, in handcuffs and leg shackles, to detectives' offices and forcing her to have sex. Brock reportedly checked the inmate out again on July 2nd and ordered her to perform oral sex.

Monroe County settles jail lawsuit for $750,000
The Lacrosse Tribune
Kevin Murphy
October 14, 2009

Monroe County has agreed to pay $750,000 to a woman who accused a jailer of sexual abuse in 2002, according to her attorney. The settlement Monday is the third in recent years involving inmates with mental health conditions who claimed they were abused or neglected while in the Monroe County Jail. The woman had been diagnosed with a bipolar disorder before she was jailed in 2002 awaiting trial on a charge of felony battery to a police officer. While in jail, former night shift supervisor Lt. David Schaldach repeatedly had her perform a sex act on him, according to the suit. Schaldach was allowed to retire but later pleaded no contest to misconduct in public office in the Tomah woman's case. He was sentenced in July 2008 to 1½ years in prison.

Private Prison Pays $1.3 Million to Settle Sexual Harassment, Retaliation Claims
KKTV- Southern Colorado
October 13, 2009

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Tuesday announced a settlement for 21 women who claimed to have been discriminated against and sexually abused while working for Dominion Correctional Services, LLC and Corrections Corporation of America, both doing business as Crowley County Correctional Facility. According to the plaintiffs claims, the harassment and retaliation sometimes took the form of rape. In the settlement, the company did not admit liability. Two chiefs of security, who reported directly to the warden and to whom all security personnel at the prison reported, were allowed to resign after numerous complaints of sexual harassment and rape.

Lawsuits allege sex abuse at women's prison: Former Coffee Creek employees are accused of sexual misconduct
The Statesman Journal
Alan Gustafson
October 11, 2009

Sexual misconduct cases are piling up at Oregon's prison for women, leading critics to accuse the state of failing to protect female inmates from predatory prison workers. Three former prison employees have been convicted this year of sexually abusing inmates at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. Another former Coffee Creek employee, accused of sexual misconduct, is scheduled to stand trial in December. Yet another employee has been placed on leave pending the outcome of a state police investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. Five women have filed lawsuits against the Department of Corrections and the state, accusing past and current Coffee Creek employees of sexual assault and battery, and faulting the prison system for lax supervision. Collectively, the civil suits seek tens of millions of dollars in damages.

Jail allowed sex, lawsuit alleges
Dick Hammerstrom
October 8, 2009

A former woman inmate at the Rappahannock Regional Jail has filed a federal lawsuit against jail officials, alleging they permitted male correctional officers to abuse and have sexual relations with women prisoners. A former jail corrections officer, Richard Walter Zacofsky, has already been convicted of a felony count of carnal knowledge of an inmate for having sex with the woman. The lawsuit alleges that the jail authority operated “an institution which has as a matter of custom and usage tolerated sexual abuse of female inmates by male correctional personnel.” The suit named 22 staff members of the jail staff as defendants and said they were “indifferent to and recklessly disregarded” the woman’s sexual victimization.

Victim sues Otter Creek prison owner
Lexington Herald-Leader
Beth Musgrave
October 8, 2009

A Hawaii woman who was sexually assaulted while an inmate at Otter Creek Correctional Center in Wheelwright is suing Corrections Corp. of America and Hawaii state officials. In a lawsuit filed Monday in state court in Hawaii, the woman says the state of Hawaii and Corrections Corp. knew there were allegations of sexual abuse at the Kentucky facility but took no action to prevent future incidents.

Jail inmate sues Multnomah County over alleged sexual abuse
The Oregonian
Aimee Green
October 06, 2009

A former inmate is suing Multnomah County and a former jail counselor for $600,000, claiming she'd been sexually abused by the counselor and then retaliated against by at least one deputy for reporting the abuse. Dennis Bruce Allen pled guilty in January to official misconduct and no contest to attempted custodial sexual misconduct. He resigned as a result of the investigation, and was sentenced to one day of jail, community service and probation. The lawsuit claims that Allen infringed on the woman's Fourth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The woman reported Allen's misconduct in June 2008, but afterward the suit claims that she suffered retaliation from jail staff.

Kansas Lawmaker Calls for Prison Investigation

KAKE ABC 10 News
Deb Farris
October 5, 2009

UPDATE: Senator Jean Schodorf from Wichita wants a complete investigation into the Kansas prison system. "I want to introduce a bill to make sex with an inmate a higher level crime. It's unacceptable," said Schodorf. A study of every prison in the country shows in 2007 there were more than 60,000 reports of sexual abuse by prison workers. The Kansas Department of Corrections says it is doing everything it can to prevent any abuse.

Tryst, abortion, probation: After sex with Topeka prison employee, inmate decides to terminate pregnancy
The Topeka Capital Journal
Tim Carpenter
October 4, 2009

UPDATE: Topeka Correctional Facility inmate Tracy Keith was tormented by repercussions of becoming pregnant while incarcerated at the state prison for women. Court records and interviews with prison guards, inmates and officials reveal TCF vocational teacher Anastacio "Ted" Gallardo struck a cash-for-oral-sex bargain with Keith, but demanded intercourse in the midst of that 2007 tryst inside a storage building at the east Topeka prison. Gallardo viewed the pregnancy as a business deal gone sideways. Keith saw it as rape.

Ex Alabama Judge Accused of Sexually Abusing Inmates
2 CBS News Chicago
October 4, 2009

Herman Thomas, a respected circuit judge, had his career collapse under allegations that he brought inmates to his office and spanked them with a paddle. An indictment accused him of sexually abusing male inmates in exchange for leniency. A trial on charges of sodomy, kidnapping, sex abuse, extortion, assault and ethics violations is set to start Monday. Prosecutors say they have 15 current and former male inmates lined up to testify in a trial that could take several weeks.

Women's prison: Sex trade
The Topeka Capital Journal
Time Carpenter
October 3, 2009

Vocational plumbing instructor Anastacio "Ted" Gallardo's clandestine meeting with an inmate in a dusty storage building at the state women's prison in east Topeka was to be a simple exchange of cash for sex. Instead, the encounter indirectly pulled back the cover of a complex black market at the Topeka Correctional Facility catering to inmates' demand for contraband -- tobacco, pharmaceuticals, illegal drugs -- and the willingness of prison employees to engage in trafficking to gratify financial or carnal appetites.

DC Jail sergeant accused of paying pimp for sex with inmate
The Examiner
Scott McCabe
September 28, 2009

A D.C. Jail sergeant has been suspended while corrections officials probe allegations that he had sex with an inmate after paying for it through her pimp. Jessica Rubio was an inmate at the Correctional Treatment Facility and charged in her lawsuit that she had sex with correctional counselor Sgt. Aundra Powell after he paid $50 to her "Sugar Daddy" on four occasions. The Correctional Treatment Facility is managed by the Corrections Corp. of America.

Isle Inmates Plight Spurs Tighter Security: Male Guards at a Kentucky Prison Have Been Accused of Sexual Misconduct
The Associated Press
Roger Alford
September 15, 2009

UPDATE: Investigators from the Kentucky Department of Corrections called for security improvements at a private women's prison to protect inmates from being sexually assaulted by male guards. State investigators looked into the handling of 18 alleged cases of sexual misconduct by guards in the past three years at the Otter Creek Correctional Complex and made 14 recommendations including basic strategies like assigning female guards to supervise the women in their sleeping quarters. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin said yesterday that a two-month probe by her agency turned up seven new allegations of sexual misconduct that she said will be reviewed for possible criminal and administrative charges. Investigators from the Department of Corrections recommended yesterday that security cameras be installed and that staffers be assigned to monitor the cameras. They also recommended that the company hire more female corrections officers, conduct a security assessment of all areas of the prison vulnerable to sexual assaults, and train all staffers on provisions of the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Justice Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown said last week that the state will not renew a contract to house inmates at Otter Creek unless Corrections Corp. of America hires a female security chief and hires a security staff that is at least 40 percent female.

Sex complaints double against US prison workers
The Associated Press
September 10, 2009

A new report from Justice Department inspector general Glenn Fine says abuse allegations against Bureau of Prisons staff increased dramatically from 2001 to 2008. Claims of sexual misconduct by staff more than doubled, rising 130 percent in the same period. According to the findings, female prison workers were more likely to be accused of sexual misconduct or abuse than their male counterparts, yet those women who were convicted were less likely to serve time behind bars.

Former Scott County Jail Officer Charged with Having Sex with Inmate
Southeast Missourian
By Bridget DiCosmo
September 10, 2009

A former Scott County correctional officer was arrested Wednesday on charges he had sexual contact with a prisoner in the county jail. Michael P. Proctor was caught on a surveillance camera leading a female offender into the jail's inmate property room. The camera captured the two entering the room, staying about five minutes, and then leaving empty-handed, according to the sworn statement. When sheriff's deputies interviewed the inmate, she admitted to having consensual sex with Proctor. Proctor confessed to the sex acts in subsequent interviews.

Alleged Sexual Assault at Otter Creek Prison went Unreported
Lexington Herald-Leader
Beth Musgrave
September 7, 2009

A privately run prison in Eastern Kentucky plagued with allegations of sexual improprieties involving guards and inmates did not report all sexual abuse incidents to the state. A Herald-Leader review of sexual-incident reports dating to 2006 showed that at least one alleged assault involving Otter Creek Correctional Center staff and a Kentucky inmate was not reported to the state by Corrections Corporation of America. Also, state correction officials said, Otter Creek hasn't followed the same reporting standards for sexual assaults as the state's 13 state-run prisons.

Jail time rare for Colorado officers: Punishment can be key to prevention, but prosecution of jailers is difficult.
The Denver Post
Felisa Cardona
September 6, 2009

From 2005 to 2007, investigators from the Colorado Department of Corrections confirmed 62 allegations of sexual misconduct levied against its employees and private contractors. But few of the employees involved faced serious criminal consequences for violating laws that bar illicit contact between jailers and the jailed. Experts say that preventing the abuse of inmates can come only if there is real punishment for the perpetrators. In June, a federal judge in Denver chastised the DOC in a written opinion, saying that the sexual abuse of inmates is a "distressing problem" in Colorado prisons. A Denver Post analysis of complaints filed with the Colorado DOC found that the sexual encounters with inmates are frequent in some prisons, and sometimes flaunted. Nude photos of a female DOC sergeant were found in one prisoner's cell. Sexual abuse of inmates occurred in an electrical closet, staff bathroom and law library. A prison commissary employee posted photos of the inmate she was having sex with on her MySpace page.

Former Private Prison Worker Charged with Rape
Lexington- Herrald-Leader
By Dori Hjalmarson
September 2, 2009

A former employee of a privately run prison in Floyd County was indicted Tuesday on a felony charge of first-degree rape, officials said. At least four other employees as the prison have been charged with misdemeanor sexual abuse in the past three years. One case is set for trial later this month, court records show. Numerous inmates have come forward with complaints of sexual assault since media reports about the prison have been published.

Counselor Arrested for Sex with Inmate
North Country Gazette
August 12, 2009

A civilian counselor employed by the NYS Department of Corrections has been charged with having sexual contact with an inmate over a four month period. Michelle K. Finley has been charged with one count each of third degree criminal sex act, a felony; second degree sexual abuse and official misconduct, both misdemeanors.

Officer Uses Camera to Watch Inmates in Shower
News Channel 5
August 3, 2009

A Maury County correctional officerreceived a written warning for watching female inmates in the shower.

Ex-state prison nurse charged with inmate sex acts
The Associated Press
July 30, 2009

A former nurse at the State Correctional Institution-Greensburg is charged with institutional sexual assault for allegedly performing sex acts on an inmate when she was supposed to be checking his blood pressure. Authorities say the nurse also brought candy and cigarettes to the inmate, and used aliases to deposit $595 into his prison account over a two-year period.

Officer Accused of Misconduct with Female Inmates
Chicago Tribune
Caroline Smith
July 28, 2009

A McHenry County correctional officerwas charged Monday withofficial misconduct and battery relating to his conduct with female inmates at the county's adult correctional facility. The McHenry Sheriff's Department investigated and corroborated charges alleging inappropriate contact between Elias Dario Fortoso and four female inmates. The charge ofsimple battery and one count of official misconduct concerns Fortoso allegedly"placing the hand of a female inmate on the outside of his pants touching his sex organ." The second charge of official misconduct,a Class 3 Felony, is with a separate inmate and refers to Fortoso "soliciting her to commit an act of public indecency by exposing her breasts to him." The victim of the battery charge alerted her public defender; the public defenderthen told police on July 13. They then began the investigation.

Tougher prison sex laws sought in Kentucky
Courrier Journal
Stephenie Steitzer
July 26, 2009

Kentucky is one of just three states that consider sexual contact between prison guards and inmates a misdemeanor rather than a felony offense. The Department of Corrections has tried in recent years to push a bill through the legislature that would increase the penalty from a maximum of 12 months in jail to a maximum of five years. The department is currently investigating sexual-abuse allegations involving as many as 16 Kentucky women housed at the privately run Otter Creek Correctional Center in Wheelwright. Proponents of strengthening custodial sexual misconduct laws say sex between an inmate and guard is never consensual because the guard is in a position of authority over the inmate.

Ex-Corrections Officer Sentenced to Ten Months for Sex with Inmates
Philadelphia Daily News
Michael Hinkelman
July 24, 2009

On June 22, 2008 corrections officer Aaron Fields was asked to conduct a trash call on his unit and asked for a female inmate by name. Fields escorted the female inmate off the unit a few minutes later. According to court filings, an employee at the FDC, on 7th and Arch streets, got off an elevator in the basement of the facility and observed the female inmate - identified only as "J.S." in court documents - bent over with her pants and underwear pulled down below her knees. Fields was charged with engaging in sexual abuse of an inmate and pled guilty. Yesterday Fields was sentenced the former corrections officer to 10 months behind bars.

$250,000 Awarded in Prison Rape Case
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Linda Satter
July 17, 2009

A federal jury leveled $250,000 in punitive damages against former state Department of Correction officer Antonio Remley on Thursday after finding that he sexually assaulted a prisoner in late 2005. The jury also sided with the former prisoner on one of his claims against five other prison employees, agreeing that assistant warden Thomas Hurst, who was responsible for staffing and security, showed deliberate indifference to his needs and failed to protect him from the abuse. The lawsuit alleged that prison employees failed to follow the Prison Rape Elimination Act. The guard then pleaded guilty in 2007 to three counts of third-degree sexual assault and was sentenced to five years in prison; he is now free on parole.

5 ex-inmates allege sex assaults at Ore. prison
KOMO News- Seattle
The Associated Press
July 16, 2009

Five women have sued the state of Oregon and the state Corrections Department, accusing former Coffee Creek Correctional Facility employees of sexual assault, battery and harassment. The women, who are seeking millions in damages, contend negligence by the Corrections Department allowed the abuse to occur. The plaintiffs were inmates at the Wilsonville prison at the time of the alleged offenses.

State investigating abuse reports at private prison
Courier Journal
By Stephenie Steitzer
July 16, 2007

The state Department of Corrections is investigating allegations of sexual abuse against as many as 16 Kentucky women housed at the privately run Otter Creek Correctional Center in Wheelwright. State Police also are investigating allegations, reported June 23, that a Hawaiian inmate was sexually assaulted by a corrections officer at the women's only, Floyd County facility. Both facilities are owned and operated by Corrections Corp. of America. Kentucky Department of Corrections officials are reviewing reports dating to 2006, including incidents that were previously investigated. Kentucky has a $19.6 million contract in fiscal year 2009 with Corrections Corp. and Hawaii has a $3.6 million contract.

Michigan is expected to settle prison suit for $100M: Female inmates allege sexual assaults, abuse by prison staff
The Detroit News
July 16, 2009

The state of Michigan is expected to pay $100 million to settle a lawsuit by more than 500 female inmates who allege they were sexually assaulted, abused and harassed by male Corrections staff. Gov. Jennifer Granholm authorized the settlement on the advice of the Attorney General's Office, citing two previous trials in which prisoners were awarded nearly $60 million. "There is no admission of guilt or liability in these accusations; the governor and the Attorney General's Office felt it was in the best interest of all parties involved," Marlan said Wednesday. In January, the Michigan Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a $15.5 million settlement to 10 female inmates who claimed they were sexually abused by male prison guards at the Scott Correctional Facility in Plymouth. The court said the state had warnings dating back a decade that abuses were rampant in the facility.

Prison sex charge brings resignation
Cincinnati Inquirer
Jennifer Baker
July 15, 2009

UPDATE: A former case manager at the Lebanon Correctional Institution indicted this week for having sex with a prisoner multiple times quit after authorities interviewed her last month. It’s at least the third incident of alleged criminal behavior by employees at the prison since May. Iona D. Cowan resigned immediately after speaking with investigators from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Cowan faces four counts of sexual battery. A spokesman for the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office said Cowan had sex with the prisoner between May 12 and June 11. She was caught by people who monitor the prison surveillance system.

Ex-Iowa jailer pleads not guilty to abusing inmate
The Chicago Tribune
The Associated Press
July 14, 2009

Kevin Hines, a former Dallas County jailer, has pled not guilty to charges of third-degree sexual abuse and sexual misconduct with an offender. Hines is accused of forcing sex on the inmate while she was in a temporary jail in Waukee in December. Hines resigned from the sheriff's department in April.

Female Officer Indicted for Prison Sex
The Cincinnati Inquirer
Alex Shebar
July 13, 2009

A female corrections officer was indicted Monday for allegedly having sex several times with a male prisoner at the Lebanon Correctional Institute. Authorities said Iona D. Cowan had four different sexual encounters with a male prisoner at the Lebanon Correctional Institute. The encounters happened between May 12 and June 11; during that time, Cowan was employed by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Cowan was caught by the people who monitor the prison surveillance system and indicted Monday on one count of sexual battery. Her court date has not been set. It is unclear if Cowan still works at the Lebanon Correctional Institute.

Dallas County Jailer Accused of Sexual Assault on Inmate
DesMoines Register
Jared Strong
July 2, 2009

A former Dallas County jail official is accused of raping a female inmate in December. Kevin Paul Hines is charged with felony sex abuse and misconduct with an offender. Hines “did engage in a sex act by force and against the will of ... an adult female, who was incarcerated,” a state Department of Criminal Investigation agent wrote in the complaint against Hines. Hines resigned from the Dallas County Sheriff’s department. The felony charge carries up to a 10 year prison sentence. Hines is the second Dallas jailer accused of having sex with female inmates in the last three years. Deke Gliem was sentenced to eight years in prison last year after he traded telephone cards and other items to inmates for “favors” in 2006.

Elliott Jailer Sentenced to 12 Years for Rape Conviction
WSAZ News Channel 3
Randy Yohe
June 30, 2009

Elliott County Jailer Charles Howard will spend 12 years in prison after being convicted of 1st degree rape. Howard was convicted after a week long trial in which a jail inmate testified that Howard took her to a remote area and assaulted her.

Delaware County Jail Inmates Allege Sexual Assaults
The Oklahoman: News OK
Ron Jackson and Sheila Stogsdill
June 26, 2009

Four former Delaware County jail female inmates have filed a civil lawsuit accusing the sheriff of covering up such crimes as rape and sexual battery as well as blackmail attempts and death threats committed against them by jailers.

Prison guard accused of raping inmate: Man resigns from Department of Correction following allegations he coerced woman into sex
The News Journal
Ira Porter
June 25, 2009

A longtime Delaware Department of Correction employee resigned recently after he was implicated in a rape involving an inmate at the Women's Work Release Treatment Center in New Castle. Delaware State Police said the incident happened April 11 and involved correctional officer Sgt. Roger L. Thompkins and a 24-year-old inmate at the center. According to court documents, Thompkins coerced the woman into having sex with him three times that day by telling her he would be present at a disciplinary hearing she had, and he could make her go back to jail. He was charged with second-degree rape, unlawful sexual contact, sexual relations in a detention facility and official misconduct with unauthorized exercise of official functions and acts constituting coercion.

Jail officer suspended after sex act alleged: Incident with inmate occurred in February
Southern Maryland News
John Wharton
June 24, 2009

A St. Mary's correctional officer has been suspended from work as she stands accused of a sex act with a man serving time in jail last winter.

Ex-Sebastian County Jailer Charged With Sexual Abuse
Times Record
Amy Sherrill
June 24, 2009

A former Sebastian County Detention Center deputy accused of sexually assaulting two female inmates has been charged with two felony counts of third-degree sexual abuse. Leon Wilson Wood was arrested June 15 and terminated from his position. Wood allegedly entered an isolated cell in the medical area of the Detention Center during early morning hours of June 15 and demanded sexual acts from two female inmates, authorities said earlier. He gave the two women Motrin, a mini-Snickers and part of a bottled soft drink, according to court documents. Wood allegedly went to the inmates’ cell for sex on at least four occasions during his 12-hour shift.

Prison Litigation Reform Act Denies Access
The Hudson Valley Press
June 19, 2009

In light of a new report showing that a law intended to reduce so-called “frivolous lawsuits” by prisoners has resulted in barring serious prison abuse cases from reaching the courts, the American Civil Liberties Union today called on Congress to amend parts of the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1996 (PLRA). The troubling consequences of the PLRA are made clear in a Human Rights Watch report released today which finds that the exhaustion and physical injury requirements of the law have been particularly problematic for juveniles who are at higher risk of sexual assault and other violence. According to Amy Fettig, Counsel to the ACLU National Prison Project: “For over thirteen years, the Prison Litigation Reform Act has denied access to the courts to countless prisoners who have become victims of abuse, creating a system of injustice that denies redress for prisoners alleging serious abuses, barriers that don’t apply to anyone else. It is time for Congress to pass legislation to restore the courts as a needed check on prisoner abuse.”

Corrections Contractor Charged In Client's Rape
Indy Channel 6
June 15, 2009

A contract worker with the Marion County Community Corrections Agency was charged Monday with raping a woman he was fitting for an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet. Brima Kemokai was indicted on a charge of official misconduct after he admitted to offering to show a woman how to outsmart her home-detention device if she would have dinner and go back to his place with him. While investigating that case, corrections officials told police that another woman had made a complaint against Kemokai three days earlier. That woman told police she had gone to get her ankle bracelet repaired on the evening of June 6, Kemokai made several sexual advances toward her, including telling her that she could have his baby, according to the probable cause affidavit. She told police that, under the pretense of trying to find a signal for her GPS equipment, Kemokai led her to an empty office, where he then raped her. Kemokai was charged Monday with rape, criminal confinement and two counts of official misconduct.

New Doe law shields corrections officers Backers say it will reduce frivolous suits
Journal Sentinel
Patrick Marley
June 12, 2009

Gov. Jim Doyle signed a bill Friday that supporters say will stop prisoners from launching frivolous lawsuits against correctional officers. Currently, anyone can file John Doe complaints with judges that require them to take testimony, even when there is no evidence of a crime. Correctional officers say inmates have abused the system, leading to meritless complaints that tie up courts and force officers to pay legal expenses. Under the law, judges would have more discretion than they do now in deciding how to conduct those inquiries.

$1M awarded to 5 Washington inmates in sex-assault lawsuit
Seattle Times
Jennifer Sullivan
June 12, 2009

The state Department of Corrections will pay $1 million to settle part of a class-action lawsuit filed by current and former female inmates who allege they were sexually assaulted by prison guards. A group of inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women, filed the lawsuit against former corrections Secretary Harold Clarke in July 2007. The women allege that sexual assaults by staff were rampant and that the Department of Corrections (DOC) failed to adequately investigate their complaints. Between 2003 and 2007, there were at least 41 allegations of sexual misconduct by corrections employees against inmates investigated at the Pierce County women's prison. DOC spokesman Chad Lewis said there were 94 reports of sexual misconduct involving staff and offenders at all 15 state prisons in 2008. Of those, DOC investigators substantiated 23 of them. Blonien said the agency has improved staff training, provided victim advocates to offenders, and increased the office that handles prison-sex allegations to include four investigators and an administrator.

Judge: Sexual abuse of inmates ‘distressingly common’ in state
The Denver Post
By Felisa Cardona
June 12, 2009

A female inmate awarded $1.3 million because she was sexually assaulted by a prison guard was victimized during a period in which 197 reports of sexual misconduct were made against state prison staff. One, the 2006 case involving former prison Sgt. Leshawn Terrell, was an example of "horrific violence" that moved U.S. Circuit Judge David Ebel to lambaste the way the department handles sexual assault by its employees in his decision to award $1.3 million to the inmate. "Further, the court received evidence that it is not uncommon for CDOC to have to dismiss prison staff at the Denver complex because of sexual misconduct," he wrote.

Inmate wins 1.3 million in Denver rape case
The Denver Post
By Felisa Cardona
June 11, 2009

A female inmate sexually assaulted by a Colorado Department of Corrections sergeant was awarded $1.3 million Wednesday by a federal judge who said he hoped the damages would be a deterrent to other correctional officers. U.S. Circuit Judge David Ebel stated, "... The right to be safe from sexual assault and rape by one of her guards turned out to be worth no more than the paper upon which (the regulation) was printed. Ebel also said that based on testimony from other inmates who corroborated the victim's experience, he believes the DOC does not effectively enforce a zero-tolerance policy on sexual abuse of inmates. Terrell pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful sexual contact and was sentenced to 60 days in jail. The judge also criticized that sentence as too short. The $1.3 million includes $354,070 in compensatory damages for the victim's medical costs and emotional suffering and $1 million in punitive damages against Terrell.

NJ Prison Worker Accused of Having Sex with Inmate
The Associated Press
May 29, 2009

A New Jersey prison employee is charged with having sex with an inmate. Michael Hawthorne, a cooking teacher, at East Jersey State Prison in Rahway is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 28-year-old inmate in April and May and giving him a cell phone. Hawthorne is suspended without pay and held on $100,000 bail.

N.M. Inmate May Have Impregnated Guard
The Albuquerque Journal covered by CorrectionsOne
T.J. Wilham
May 27, 2009

The District Attorney's Office is reviewing reports that a corrections officer became pregnant after having sex with an inmate in the cellblock she supervised at the Metropolitan Detention Center. The officer, Reyna Lujan, resigned while detectives were investigating the allegations. The inmate, Erik Braman, moved in with Lujan after he was released in January. Lujan, who has been a correctional officer for four years, has denied having sex with her prisoner and has not been charged. After a tip from an inmate, Jail staff started an inquiry and pulled hundreds of recordings of phone calls from the jail to Lujan's cell phone number. On the recordings, the two could be heard talking about their relationship, sexual activities and Braman being the father of Lujan's child.

Female guards OK’d to Strip-search Male Inmates
San Francisco Chronicle
Bob Egelko
May 21, 2009

A male prisoner can be strip-searched by a female guard even if male officers are available, a federal appeals court has ruled. In a 2-1 decision, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco dismissed an Arizona inmate's claims that jail officials had violated his rights by having a female guard trainee search inside his shorts and pat down his genitals. Byrd sued, claiming he had suffered pain and humiliation. A jury found no evidence that the probe had been conducted painfully, and the appeals court upheld a judge's ruling that the search was constitutional. Although male guards were available, an officer testified that there hadn't been enough men to search all the inmates. A ban on searches by female guards would "significantly limit" their usefulness said the officer.

Woman Indicted on Charges of Sex with an Inmate
Watertown Daily Times
David Winters
May 17, 2009

A suspended Gouverneur Correctional Facility employee was indicted on charges of having sex with an inmate. Laura E. Douglass faces charges of third-degree rape, third-degree criminal sexual act, first-degree promoting prison contraband and two counts of official misconduct. She is accused of having sex with a male inmate in December and providing a knife to an inmate in 2008. Ms. Douglass was among three women charged in the fall for allegedly having sex with inmates at the prison. Lisa A. Vaughn pleaded guilty last month to felony third-degree rape. The plea agreement calls for her to receive 10 years' probation and register as a sex offender when sentenced this month. She was accused of having oral sex, sexual intercourse and sneaking food, cigarettes and postage stamps to inmates. The third woman Rachael S. Patterson also faces charges of having sex with inmates. All three were suspended without pay pending the outcome of their criminal cases and face disciplinary charges with the state Department of Correctional Services.

4 female Ulster County correction officers file suit: Claim sexual harassment rampant at jail
Times Herald-Record
Adam Bosch
May 14, 2009

A group of female correction officers has filed a federal lawsuit, accusing supervisors of allowing rampant sexual harassment and discrimination inside the Ulster County Jail. The suit depicts the jail as a frat house-type environment where male officers watch porn and make lewd comments about female co-workers and inmates. Female officers who complain are often given less desirable duties inside the jail or skipped over for promotions, the suit says. The suit is against Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum, former Sheriff Richard Bockelmann, jail Superintendent Bradford Ebel and Deputy Superintendent Ray Acevedo. Another federal claim was filed in June by a female correction officer who accused a jail corporal of forcibly touching her genitalia.

California LGBT Prisoner Safety Act to Protect Gay and Transgendered Inmates
Associated Content
Sylvia Cochran
May 13, 2009

Tom Ammiano introduced Assembly Bill No. 382, the LGBT Prisoner Safety Act. The legislation protecting LGBT inmates from rape was initially introduced on February 23rd, but it was not until May 11th that it passed the assembly with bipartisan support. Passage of the LGBT Prisoner Safety Act introduces "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as criteria the Department of Corrections would take into consideration when classifying inmates and allocating their housing.

Ex Inmate Alleges Prince Georges Jail Tryst
The Washington Post
Ruben Castaneda
May 13, 2009

The head of security at the Prince George's County jail was suspended yesterday while authorities investigate allegations that, as a guard two decades ago, she smuggled food and alcohol into the facility for an inmate with whom she was having a sexual relationship. Lt. Col. Kathleen M. Costello was placed on paid leave after an attorney for the former inmate wrote to jail officials describing the relationship and requesting an investigation. After inmate Kristine L. Krick was released, she and Costello were involved for many years until they split in 2005. Costello’s attorney, Susan Silver acknowledged that Krick and Costello were together for years as domestic partners. They moved in together within two weeks of Krick's release from the jail. At the time of her incarceration, Krick was 21 and said she was afraid of being attacked by other inmates in the jail. She said Costello began visiting her cell to talk and then began bringing her food from outside the jail and putting money in her commissary account. After about two months, Krick said, the relationship became sexual. Krick said that she struggled for years with the question of reporting Costello's alleged misconduct.

Ex-deputy arrested in alleged rape of inmate
Associated Press
May 11, 2009

A former East Baton Rouge Parish deputy has been arrested for allegedly raping a Parish Prison inmate. A fellow deputy reported the incident and following an investigation the deputy was immediately fired and booked on one count each of aggravated rape and malfeasance by sexual misconduct.

Franklin County Jail guard charged with sex abuse: Probe says county CO had sex contact with inmate
The Press Republican
Denise Raymo
May 7, 2009

A correction officer at Franklin County Jail was charged Thursday with sexually abusing a female inmate. Ronald S. Martin was charged with second-degree sexual abuse and official misconduct. Two other women being held at the jail had complained about Martin's actions toward the female inmate.

Prison Guard Accused of Drug Smuggling
The News Journal
Terri Sanginiti
May 4, 2009

A correctional officer was arrested on drug charges following an investigation into drug smuggling at Vaughn Correctional Center. Sidney Nunn was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, conspiracy, possession of drug paraphernalia and promoting prison contraband.

Ex-jail nurse on trial for alleged sexual abuse of four inmates
Tucson Citizen
Sheryl Kornman
April 29, 2009

A former Pima County Jail nurse is accused of five felony counts of sexual abuse and five felony counts of unlawful sexual conduct. Four former inmates testified he touched their breasts for sexual pleasure during visits to the jail's medical suite.

Sheriff’s Office: A jail guard from Lockport faces sex abuse charges
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Mark Scheer
April 22, 2009

A correction officer with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department has been suspended with pay following his arrest on charges that he had inappropriate sexual conduct with a female inmate at the county jail. Correction officer Scott W. Magill faces five counts of sexual abuse in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. County Sheriff James Voutour said the charges stemmed from five separate incidents that were alleged to have occurred in the past month.

Ex- Nebraska Jail Guard Denies Sexual Assault of Inmate
The Associated Press
April 17, 2009

An ex-Nebraska jail guard is accused of sexually assaulting an inmate while working in the Gage County jail. The officer pled not guilty to charges of sexual assault and sexual abuse of an inmate. Court records say the woman told her mother that she was sleeping in her cell when the officer entered it and assaulted her.

Feds: Gang Smuggled Goods, Weapons Into Jail; Guards, Prison Employees Charged In Smuggling Ring
April 16, 2009

Federal prosecutors said a drug gang known as the Black Guerrilla Family smuggled drugs, weapons, cell phones and luxuries such as champagne into Maryland prisons, where members continued to operate the drug ring. The U.S. attorney's office announced indictments Thursday against 24 gang members and associates, including guards and other prison employees who helped smuggle contraband. All face conspiracy, drugs and weapons charges.

Ex-prison Worker Pleads Guilty to Sex with Inmates
Watertown Daily Times
David Winter
April 14, 2009

Lisa A. Vaughn , a former laundry supervisor at the Gouverneur Correctional Facility employee admitted to having sex with an inmate. Vaughn pleaded guilty Monday to felony third-degree rape. The plea agreement calls for her to receive 10 years probation and register as a sex offender when sentenced May 18. She was also accused of having sexual intercourse and oral sex with four inmates and was accused of sneaking food, cigarettes and postage stamps to inmates. She was a laundry supervisor at the medium-security state prison. Ms. Vaughn was charged in November with 16 counts each of third-degree rape, third-degree criminal sexual act and official misconduct and four counts of second-degree promoting prison contraband. Two other Gouverneur Correctional Facility employees, Rachael S. Patterson, 32, Ogdensburg, and Laura E. Douglass, 38, Potsdam, also face charges of having sex with inmates. Their cases are pending.

Rape Allegations a Delaware Prison
WPVI 6abc Action News
April 13, 2009

The Delaware Department of Corrections confirms a corrections officer is on leave while being investigated on allegations of rape. State Police say the incident happened at the Women's Work Release Treatment Center. Investigators are releasing few details, except to say an investigation is underway.

Former Alabama judge indicted on inmate sex charges
Ashley Broughton
March 31, 2009

A former south Alabama judge is accused of checking male inmates out of jail and forcing them to engage in sexual activity including paddling. Former Mobile County Circuit Judge Herman Thomas was arrested Friday after a grand jury returned the indictments against him. The indictments total 57 counts, and the charges range from ethics violations to kidnapping, extortion, sex abuse and sodomy. If convicted on the most serious charge -- kidnapping, a Class A felony -- Thomas faces a prison sentence of 10 to 99 years in prison. Thomas' attorney said the accusations against the former judge amount to "a high-tech lynching” and are "racism at its very finest." Thomas denies all the charges, and he questioned the credibility of the alleged victims. "Everybody that's listed in the indictment is either serving life for murder or some other horrible crime." Some have already recanted.

Ex-correctional officer ordered to pay fine in plea

The Northwestern
Jennifer K. Woldt
March 28, 2009

A former Winnebago County correctional officer accused of having sexual contact with a female inmate has been ordered to pay a $200 fine plus court costs after pleading no contest to two counts of obstructing an officer. According to the criminal complaint, the officer was a correctional officer at the Winnebago County Jail when he had inappropriate sexual contact with a female inmate. He was originally charged with second-degree sexual assault by a correctional officer and misconduct in office. Thomas Coaty, who was serving as a special prosecutor in the case said issues that would have made it difficult to take the case before a jury were discovered during the course of the investigation, including several videotapes from the jail being destroyed by lightning and some credibility issues with the female victim, who is currently in jail awaiting sentencing on a felony conviction. Coaty said he believed a fine was the appropriate punishment given that the incident occurred in 2004 and the repercussions the officer faced of losing his job in law enforcement.

To Cut Costs, States Relax Prison Policies
The New York Times
Jennifer Steinhauer
March 25, 2009

Recessions tend to prompt changes to corrections policies. After the recession at the start of this decade, numerous states enacted laws eliminating some long mandatory minimum sentences; several began to offer early release and treatment options to some drug offenders. In the past 20 years, correction department budgets have quadrupled and are outpacing every major spending area outside health care, according to a recent report by the Pew Center on the States. With 7.3 million Americans in prison, on parole or under probation, states spent $47 billion in 2008, the study said. Faced with such costs, even states known for being particularly tough on crime are revisiting their policies and laws.

ACLU reports abuse charges at 2 St. Louis jails in newly released 74-page report
Associated Press
March 24, 2009

The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri alleges a pattern of beatings, sexual misconduct and other crimes at two jails in St. Louis. The report quotes six corrections officers who wish "to remain anonymous because of the atmosphere of intimidation and retaliation" in the jails. Allegations include that guards bring drugs into the facilities and that inmates are denied medications and made to lie in filth and waste.

Former Sheriff Sentenced To 79 Years In Prison
KTUL- abc News Channel 8
March 24, 2009

Former Custer County Sheriff Mike Burgess has been sentenced to 79 years in prison after his conviction on charges of sexual abuse involving inmates and defendants. Burgess was convicted in January on 13 counts, including forcible oral sodomy, kidnapping, sexual battery and rape.

State ‘On Guard’ for Inmate-Officer Relations: Official says 12 cases in 5 years at Brevard Institution is Tame
Florida Today
John Torres
March 23, 2009

In the past five years, officials have investigated at least 12 allegations of sex or improper relationships between male inmates and female officers or staff members at the Brevard Correctional Institution, according to state records. Eight officers and one counselor resigned or were fired in those incidents. Five cases were proven to have involved sexual relationships. There are 14 open investigations for 2008. Staff members weren't fired, for example, in cases of prohibited relationships that involved officers breaking policy by mailing letters for inmates or by doing other favors, but there were no second chances for sexual interaction. Florida law considers sex between a corrections officer and an inmate to be sexual battery, a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Officials said none of the women disciplined in the Brevard cases were charged with a crime because none were caught in the act and because the inmates were not cooperative. One female officer was found with her pants down, but sexual activity had not begun.

Three prison workers held in smuggling
The Houston Chronicle
March 17, 2009

Three employees at a county-owned but privately managed West Texas prison have been indicted on charges that they took bribes to smuggle in contraband.

Bill Would Change Searches of Maryland Prison Workers
The Herald-Mail
Erin Cunningham
March 17, 2009

Del. Christopher B. Shank (R-Washington) is introducing a bill into the MD legislature to prevent improper searches of staff coming into correctional facilities. The bill is being introduced after two MD Correctional Officers were improperly strip searched in August of 2008.

Former jailer indicted by grand jury for relationship with inmate
The Daily Sentinel
Andrew Goodridge
March 16, 2009

A Nacogdoches grand jury has indicted a former jailer on a charge of having an improper sexual relationship with a person in custody. Lori Wade was arrested after allegations arose that she conspired to help inmate Charles Cameron Frazier escape from the facility. The police began an internal investigation that revealed she formed an inappropriate relationship with him and agreed to smuggle contraband into the facility for him. They were crafting a plan to potentially break him out of jail. This is the second jailer to be terminated and arrested due to allegations of improper involvement with Frazier. Deanna Lynn Jopling, a former jail sergeant, was fired from her position at the jail in May 2008 after she was charged with conspiracy to possess a controlled substance in a correctional facility.

Correctional Officer Arrested
March 13, 2009
A Peoria County Correctional Officer is on unpaid administrative leave after charges are filed that he allegedly slapped a prisoner. Michael Hulse faces charges of battery and official misconduct

Albion Corrections Employee Charged with Sexual Contact with Inmate
Buffalo News
March 13, 2009

A civilian employee at the Albion Correctional Facility is accused of having had inappropriate sexual contact with a female inmate whom he supervised. Samuel E. Williams was charged with criminal sexual act and official misconduct.

Corrections Officer Charged with Assaults
Chicago Tribune
The Associated Press
March 12, 2009

An officer at the Milwaukee County House of Corrections has been charged with sexually assaulting two female prisoners in their cells. The complaint charges James Howard with two counts of second-degree sexual assault of an inmate by a correctional officer and two counts of third-degree sexual assault. The women told authorities that the assaults happened last Saturday.

Barren County Jailer Enters Alford Plea in Sex Abuse Case
March 11, 2009

Barren County Jailer Leland Cox entered an "alford plea" to four counts of third degree sexual abuse. Five women had accused Cox of 40 counts of sexual abuse. He must pay a fine of 250-dollars for each of the four counts against him, and if he stays out of trouble for two years, his 30-day jail sentence will be suspended.

Corrections officer charged with sneaking dope into prison
The Western Star
Kyle Nagel
March 05, 2009

A Warren Correctional Institution corrections officer has been charged with attempting to sneak 200 grams of marijuana into the prison. Stephen L. Howard appeared in court to face charges of attempting to convey drugs onto the grounds of a detention facility, a third-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. Howard used hollowed-out markers and a Subway sandwich in an attempt to transport the marijuana from an outside dealer to an inmate.

Sexual Assault Alleged at Wyatt Jail
The Providence Journal
W. Zachary Malinowski
March 5, 2009

Federal investigators are looking into allegations that a former medical technician at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility, in Central Falls, sexually assaulted two prisoners in the jail’s infirmary last year.

Former Prison Guard Pleads Guilty
The Houston Chronicle
The Associated Press
March 2, 2009

A former McLennan County Detention Center guard received five years of deferred probation after pleading guilty to a charge of giving contraband to inmates for allowing two inmates to use his cell phone in October.

Morris County corrections officer is accused of sex assault on inmate
The Star-Ledger Continuous News Desk
March 01, 2009

A Morris County corrections officer has been charged with sexual assault and official misconduct after allegedly performing a sex act on an inmate doing community service under his supervision.

Ex jail deputy gets prison for smuggling in drugs
The Associated Press
February 28, 2009

A former jail guard in Arkansas has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for sneaking syringes, marijuana and cell phones to inmates by hiding the items in food. The long-troubled jail had 13 escapes last year. A number of guards were fired, and some faced criminal charges for improper conduct with inmates.

Stiles Unit correctional Officer Arrested on drug, Contraband Charges
KFDM 6 News
Scott Lawrence
February 24, 2009

A correctional officer at the Mark Stiles Unit in Jefferson County is charged with bringing marijuana into the state prison. The officer was taken to the Jefferson County Correctional Center on charges of possession of marijuana and bringing a prohibited substance into a correctional facility. Bond on the prohibited substance charge is $10,000 and bond on the marijuana possession charge is $7,500.

Gay California Lawmaker Seeks GLBT Prisoner Protections and Marijuana Legalization
EDGE Wire- Boston
Tuesday Feb 24, 2009

A California Assemblyman has introduced two controversial pieces of legislation, one of which is designed to protect GLBT prisoners from sexual violence. Democratic Assemblymember Tom Ammiano is sponsoring an Equality California-written measure that would require prison officials to factor sexuality and gender identity into their decisions on where to house GLBT inmates. A new report from the state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation indicated that over two thirds of GLBT inmates had reported being sexually assaulted at the hands of fellow prisoners--a staggering 15-fold greater incidence than straight prisoners reported suffering.

Most Prison Inmates with HIV Do Not Receive Appropriate Treatment Immediately Following Release
NewsWise- American Medical Association
February 24, 2009

Approximately 80 percent of HIV-infected Texas prison inmates did not fill an initial prescription for antiretroviral therapy within 30 days of their release from prison, potentially increasing their risk for harmful health consequences because of an interruption of treatment, according to a study in the February issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Because the majority of former inmates are without private or public health insurance for the first several months after release, accessing antiretroviral therapy (ART) in a timely manner represents a challenge.

POLICE: Prison Guard Having Inmate’s Baby
WITN News 4
February 24, 2009

A former correctional officer has been arrested for having sex with an inmate and police say she's pregnant with the inmate's baby. Tameka Mebane was charged last Wednesday with sexual offense in an institution. Mebane is accused of having sex with the inmate in several different places in the prison, including a closet and break room. Mebane worked nights, when there were less restrictions and supervision of employees.

Senator Pushes Co-pay for Inmates, Sexual Assault Bills
Register-Herald reporter
Mannix Porterfield
February 20, 2009

Inmates might be required to pay a $5 co-pay every time they go on a non-emergency sick call at West Virginia’s regional jails. A second key proposal would enhance the penalty for sexual assaults by or against inmates in prisons, and make it a felony for one of them or a correctional officer to engage in sex with a prisoner. The bill would make it a felony with a prison term of one to five years if an inmate or staff employee takes part in sexual intercourse with an inmate.

Social Worker Accused of Raping Louisiana Inmate
Fox News
The Associated Press
February 20, 2009

West Feliciana Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested a Louisiana State Penitentiary social worker on one count of aggravated rape involving an inmate. Gary Dewayne Midkiff is accused of using threats of violence to force the inmate to allow him to perform oral sex on the inmate. The inmate accused Midkiff of threatening to make false accusations against him in order to have correctional officers beat him. The inmate said he submitted to Midkiff's demands in the belief the threats were real. Detectives said Midkiff denied the allegations, but prison investigators and sheriff's detectives found four other complaints from different inmates accusing Midkiff of inappropriate sexual conduct.

Guard Faces Assault Trial; Four Females Remain Mum
The Daily Item
Marcia Moore
February 19, 2009

Two former correctional officers are charged with four counts of third-degree felony institutional sexual assault after being accused of sexually assaulting female inmates housed in the trustees' quarters in exchange for money and cigarettes. The Lewisburg Prison Project is trying to address issues at the prison in a pending federal class-action lawsuit filed last year alleging the 135-year-old jail is unsafe and inmates are denied civil rights, including proper medical care and equal treatment. So far, none of the women have filed a grievance or lawsuit as a result of the alleged abuse inside the jail.

Former corrections officer two others indicted
Moberly Monitor-Index
February 16, 2009

Brian Saunders, a former corrections officer and maintenance supervisor with the Missouri Department of Corrections, Sandra White and Rebecca Best were indicted on federal drug conspiracy charges. The indictment alleges that in March and April 2008, Saunders, White and Best were involved in a conspiracy to deliver marijuana and crack cocaine to inmates at the Moberly Missouri Correctional Center. If convicted, each count carries a penalty range of five years to life in prison and/or fines up to $4 million.

Former Missouri Corrections Officer Faces Drug-Smuggling Charges
The Associated Press
February 13, 2009

A former Missouri corrections officer and two others face federal charges for allegedly trying to smuggle marijuana and crack cocaine inside the state prison in Moberly. A spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Corrections declined to comment.

Bristol County Correctional Officer Arrested on Drug Charges
South Coast Today
February 12, 2009

Marco Moniz was arrested and charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws and delivering contraband to a penal institution.

Federal Judge Rules Jail Strip Searches Unconstitutional
Mary Schultz
February 11, 2009

A federal judge has ruled thousands of strip searches carried out at jails in Burlington and Essex counties in New Jersey were illegal. U.S. District Court Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez says the searches violate the Fourth Amendment and are unconstitutional. Approximately 10,000 people were strip searched. At least eight similar suits are pending against jails in Union, Middlesex and Bergen counties.

Officer Accused of Selling Drugs in Prison
February 5, 2009

A correctional officer was arrested Monday on charges of selling drugs to inmates at the Sierra Conservation Center. The officer was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs in prison, bringing drugs into the prison, selling drugs to inmates and criminal conspiracy and faces three felony counts and one misdemeanor.


Maryland Prison Guard Charged with Tobacco Smuggling
The Associated Press
February 4, 2009

A correctional officer has been charged with smuggling tobacco and rolling papers to inmates at the medium-security Maryland Correctional Training Center near Hagerstown. Timothy Parks faces trial March 26 on one count of contraband possession with intent to deliver. The offense carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $1,000 fine. The agency says a second officer, who was not identified, resigned during the investigation.

Corrections Officer Charged with Coercing Sexual Act
The Journal Star
Erin Wood
February 3, 2009

A Peoria County correctional officer was arrested on felony charges for allegedly coercing an inmate to perform a sex act on him. The officer was charged with official misconduct and custodial sexual misconduct. The female prisoner was being held at OSF St. Francis Medical Center after being taken there for a suicide attempt. The officer transported her and guarded her room while she was a. The officer allegedly told the woman he would arrange for her to be bailed out of jail in exchange for oral sex.

2 Former Okla. County Guards Indicted In Inmate's Death
KOKO 5 News
February 3, 2009

Two former guards at the Oklahoma County Jail have been indicted in an inmate's death, charged with federal civil rights violations. The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office initially said Christopher Beckman died from a seizure in May 2007. However, federal prosecutors said Monday that two deputies beat Beckman before he died. In 2008, the U.S. Justice Department criticized the Oklahoma County Jail, saying there was too much inmate violence and excessive force by guards. The maximum possible penalties for civil rights violations are life in prison without the possibility of parole or death.

Former Prison Worker Looses Privacy Suit
The Salt Lake Tribune
Steve Gehrke
January 31, 2009

A former prison employee says her coworker would have never known about the $1,500 worth of calls she made from her personal phone to a paroled prisoner in Tonga if his wife hadn't worked at the phone company. U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell ruled the information was neither publicly disclosed nor highly offensive -- two standards that must be met under the invasion of privacy standard. Barker was working as a rehab specialist at the Gunnison Prison when she was placed on administrative leave in May 2006. She resigned two weeks later, after the Department of Corrections began investigating her long-distance calls and the nature of her relationship with former prisoners.

Prison Employee Sentenced to Prison for Having Sex with Inmate
January 30, 2009

A former prison secretary has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for having sex with an inmate she was supposed to be supervising. Janine Sligar was sentenced for sexual abuse of a ward. After serving her sentence, she will serve five years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.

Corrections Officer Charged in Jail Smuggling
John Valenti
January 30, 3009

A correction officer has been arrested and charged with smuggling drugs and cigarettes to inmates inside the Nassau County jail. The correction officer was one of four people charged in two separate probes into smuggling operations at the facility. Officials said drugs, cigarettes and a cell phone were among the items smuggled into the jail between December 2006 and August 2007. The officer was paid directly, in cash, as well as by the transferring of commissary funds to others who then wired payments to him, for smuggling marijuana, the painkiller OxyContin and cigarettes to inmates.

Correctional Officer Helped Inmate Escape, Officials Say
6 NEWS Indianapolis
January 30, 2009

A correctional officer was arrested Friday after an inmate escaped the New Castle Correctional Facility. Maurice Melton was charged with aiding in the escape of an offender. The Indiana Department of Correction said Melton allowed the inmate to walk away from the facility by silencing an alarmed door. Officials said Melton also picked the inmate up after he got through the door and drove him to Indianapolis. Melton was employed by the Geo Group.

Officer's Alleged Sexual Misconduct Results in Two More Suits Against WV DOC
The West Virginia Record
Lawrence Smith
January 29, 2009

Two more lawsuits have been filed against the state Division of Corrections alleging an officer at a Greenbrier County correctional facility sexually abused female inmates. On Jan. 5, Trisha N. Justice and Sylvia A. Amos filed separate lawsuits against Dave Masters. In their 10-count lawsuits, Justice and Amos make claims for, among other things, emotional distress, negligent supervision and constitutional violations. Specifically, they allege their 4th, 8th and 9th Amendment rights were violated by Masters' actions. Both are seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages plus costs and fees. Last year, half a dozen lawsuits were filed against WVDOC alleging sexual misconduct on Masters' behalf.

Appeals court backs female prisoners in abuse case
Detroit Free Press
Jeff Seidel
January 28, 2009

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of 10 female prisoners who were awarded $15.5 million in damages for sexual abuse by guards in the 1990s at Scott Correctional Facility. The Michigan Department of Corrections had appealed the 2008 verdict but the three-member appeals court said that various issues and arguments raised on appeal were “disingenuous," "fundamentally flawed" and "muddled.”

Prison Guard Accused of Sexually Assaulting Inmates
Jan. 28, 2009

Paul Vick is expected to be charged with misconduct in office and sexual assault of multiple inmates. Vick was arrested Monday after a five month long investigation by the Prison Warden. State prison officials would not talk about the case except to say Vick has been suspended without pay. The female inmates involved in the allegations have been moved to other prisons.

Court Upholds Firing of Two Prison Guards
The Monterey Herald
Larry Parsons
January 27, 2009

A state appeals court has upheld the firing of two correctional officers at Salinas Valley State Prison in the wake of a scandal over rogue guards, overturning a 2007 ruling by a Monterey County Superior Court judge. Martin and Sphar were among eight correctional officers who were fired in November 2003 in connection with the alleged beating of a restrained prisoner in an exercise yard at the Soledad prison. Corrections officials contend Martin and Sphar turned off a guard tower video camera used to record activity in the yard while other officers roughed up the prisoner. The case came on the heels of revelations about the "Green Wall," a group of rogue correctional officers who enforced a code of silence to cover up violence and other misconduct toward inmates.

FBI Joins Investigation after Prison Brawl
Daily Commercial
Benjamin Roode and Taylor Vernarsky
January 27, 2009

UPDATE: Federal Bureau of Investigation agents are looking into the disturbance, which saw prison guards shoot one of the inmates involved "to prevent possible loss of life," said Rita Teel, spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Prison's Southeast Region.

Former prison guard gets 4 months in sex case
Portland Press Herald
Trevor Maxwell
January 26, 2009

A former state prison guard will serve four months in jail for having sex with inmates. Bradford Howard plead guilty to four counts of gross sexual assault. Prosecutors said he had sex with two female inmates last year while working as a guard at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham. Superior Court Justice Roland Cole sentenced Howard to three years in prison, with all but four months suspended.

Staffers Fired Shots to Break up Florida Prison Brawl
Nick Valencia, Susan Candiotti and Terry Frieden
January 26, 2009

Staffers at the Coleman FCC fired shots to break up a large-scale fight that sent eight inmates to hospital emergency rooms Sunday afternoon. The fight broke out in the recreation yard of the high-security facility. One inmate suffered a gunshot wound and the other seven were "stabbing/shooting victims." No prison staffers were seriously hurt in the incident, which the FBI is investigating.

Man Accused of Sexual Abuse at Female Prison
KPTV Fox-12 Oregon
January 24, 2009

A man has been jailed on sex abuse charges after being accused of having sexual contact with inmates he was supervising. Paul Golden was a landscaper at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility where he supervised female prisoners. He was booked into jail on several charges, including counts of sexual abuse, sexual misconduct and supplying contraband to prisoners. If convicted he could face up to 12 years in prison.

TBI probes sex abuse allegations at Hickman County Jail
The Daily Herrald
Staff Reports
January 23, 2009

A Hickman County detective is on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an investigation of allegations he had sexual contact with an inmate at the county jail.

Correction Officers to Be Indicted Following Inmate Death
NY1 News
January 22, 2009

Three city correction officers are expected to be indicted today on charges in the death of a Rikers Island inmate. The guards are suspected of looking the other way as inmates beat Robinson to death. Several inmates will reportedly be charged with murder.

Former Sheriff Convicted of Sex Abuse
United Press International
January 18, 2009

A jury in Oklahoma has found former Custer County Sheriff Mike Burgess guilty of 13 felony sex charges. The jury Saturday recommended a punishment of 94 years and $15,000 in fines. Burgess was convicted of charges ranging from forcible oral sodomy and kidnapping to sexual battery and rape. Burgess will be sentenced on March 24, 2009.

Study: Prison Inmates have Insufficient Access to Healthcare
Ozarks First
January 16, 2009

Prison inmates in the U.S. have a higher rate of serious illnesses than that of the general population. They also have poor access to the healthcare they need. The study found that about 20 percent of sick inmates in state prisons and 14 percent in federal prisons have not seen a doctor since they were incarcerated. Access to medical care was the worst in local jails and best in federal prisons.

Inmate Attacks Five ACI Prison Officers
January 16, 2009

An inmate at the ACI in Cranston assaulted a Lieutenant and four more officers Wednesday night. The suspect was transferred from a prison in Oregon and is doing time for several crimes, including a double murder.

Jail Guards were Abusive Inmates Say
The Telegraph
Andrew Wolfe
January 16, 2009

Three prison inmates claim they were beaten and two claim they were sexually assaulted by guards while incarcerated at the Hillsborough County Jail.

Women allege sexual harassment in Fulton Sheriff’s Office
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Steve Visser
January 14, 2009

Four women have sued the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office for a total of $8 million, saying the office has a culture of sexual harassment in which even ranking officers engage in verbal and physical harassment.

Ex-correctional officer pleads guilty
The Herald Mail
Erin Julius
January 15, 2009

A former Roxbury Correctional Institution officer plead guilty to possession of contraband with the intent to distribute it inside a place of confinement. The judge in the case sentenced the officer to 18 months in prison, then suspended the sentence and placed her on three years of unsupervised probation.

Former Guard Sentenced for Sex with Inmate
News Day
January 15, 2009

A former guard at the federal prison in Danbury was sentenced to 15 years in prison for having sex with a female inmate and plotting with her to kill his wife. Michael Rudkin was sentenced after having pleaded guilty last August to sexual abuse of a ward and attempted murder for hire.
Rudkin and the inmate had a sexual relationship from October 2007 to January 2008. He promised to pay her $5,000 to arrange for his wife's murder.

Four in Richmond County Jails Found with Phones
Augusta Chronicle
Preston Sparks
January 9, 2009

Four more inmates have been found with cell phones while incarcerated in Richmond County, according to authorities. In all 16 inmates have been found with cell phones. Investigations are ongoing.

Assaulted Inmates Settle Suit with State
Anchorage Daily News
Lisa Demer
January 14, 2009

Two Alaska inmates sexually assaulted by other prisoners while in state custody have reached a $1.4 million settlement with the state Department of Corrections, according to their attorneys. The civil lawsuit, which is under seal, concerns assaults that took place in a prison dorm over three days in September 2006. Two men have been convicted of first-degree assault in the matter. There are also other cases pending in Alaska-- two other suits involving physical abuse of inmates have been settled and that a third suit, alleging that a correctional officer sexually assaulted a female inmate, is pending. Additionally, in February 2008, an inmate at the Anchorage jail was charged with two dozen counts of sexual assault against a fellow prisoner.

Jail Guard Accused of Sexually Assaulting Inmate
Omaha World Herald
January 9, 2009

A Gage County jail guard has been accused of sexually assaulting an inmate. Eugene Fiester was booked on suspicion of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Court records say a woman told her mother that she was sleeping in her cell Wednesday night when Fiester entered it and assaulted her. The guard previously worked for the Nebraska Department of Corrections.

Judge Orders Prison to Negotiate with Female Inmates
The Michigan Messenger
Eartha Jane Melzer
January 8, 2009

A circuit court judge in Ann Arbor has ordered the state to enter into settlement negotiations with hundreds of women who claim that they were sexually assaulted while serving time in Michigan prisons. Deborah LaBelle, the attorney who represents the women in the case said that further verdicts against the state are likely if the cases continue to go to trial. She cited two recent cases that the state lost to her clients. In February 2008, an Ann Arbor jury awarded $15.4 million plus attorney’s fees and interest to 10 women who gave accounts of sexual abuse at Scott Correctional facility in Plymouth and in November 2008, another Ann Arbor jury ruled in favor of eight women who were assaulted and raped by guards at Crane Correctional facility in Coldwater. The litigation against the state has resulted in some improvements in prison conditions for women, LaBelle said. Male guards no longer patrol housing units for female prisoners and are no longer permitted to do body searches. But further changes are necessary, she said, because assaults are ongoing in the prison system. LaBelle said that her clients want increased supervision of prison staff and adequate investigation when woman claim harassment or assault. Female inmates also need better access to treatment, she said.

Maryland Shifting Some Inmates and Guards to Cut Costs
The Examiner
David Dishneau
January 7, 2009

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services are consolidating some of its prerelease operations in an effort to reduce overtime costs. By concentrating inmates who are nearing release at fewer minimum-security facilities, the Department aims to free up correctional officers for transfer to medium- and maximum-security prisons with high overtime costs.

Former Oklahoma Sherriff on Trial in Jail Sex Case
The Associated Press
Tim Talley
January 6, 2009

Opening statements began Tuesday for the trial of a former sheriff accused of using his influence over jail inmates and drug court defendants to demand sex from the women. Former Custer County Sheriff Mike Burgess has pleaded not guilty to 36 charges of rape, rape by instrumentation, kidnapping, sexual battery and oral sodomy. The evidence against Burgess surfaced in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of 12 former jail inmates alleging sheriff's employees had them engage in wet T-shirt contests and offered cigarettes to those who would flash their breasts.

King County Reaches Deal with Feds on Improving Jail
The Seattle Times
Keith Irvin
January 6, 2009

The 2007 Justice Department letter concluded that inmates had been physically and sexually abused by guards, and that those instances were often poorly investigated, if at all. The agreement calls for the following changes: (1) corrections officers who conduct internal investigations would receive more training; (2) medical staff and corrections officers have begun sharing information at the end of each shift on the condition of inmates with psychiatric disorders; (3) an electronic medical-records system is being introduced; (4) new cleaning procedures are intended to slow the spread of disease; (5) jail staff will get more training in recognizing suicide risks, and daily assessments will be made of inmates on suicide watches. Three monitors, appointed by both parties, will follow the county's progress.

Two Jailers Arrested in Twiggs County Sex Scandal
Courier Herald
Jason Hobbs
January 5, 2009

Two jailers were arrested on New Year’s Eve in connection with a jail sex case at the Twiggs County Law Enforcement Center. The sheriff fired two of his jailers who confessed they had been sexually involved with a female inmate on at least two occasions between November 15, 2008 and December 24, 2008. The inmate reported that she had consensual sex with both officers while they were working shifts in the jail in exchange for cigarettes. Both officers had been with the jail for less than six months and completed the required CO training. They have both been charged with Violation of Oath of Office, which could carry a 1-5 year sentence if convicted, along with sexual assault against a person in custody, which could carry a 30 year sentence if convicted.

Stakes were high as prisoners' rape trial finally began
Detroit Free Press
Jeff Seidel
J anuary 5, 2009

The Department of Corrections had fought this case arguing variously that the statute of limitations had expired on the women's claims; that it should not be considered a class-action; that the hundreds of women in the suit should have their trials held separately; that prisoners don't have the same rights as normal citizens. The appeals went all the way to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Women’s’ Jailers Accused of Sexual Misconduct
NBC San Diego
January 5, 2009

A pair of lawsuits that will be heard in federal court in San Diego allege that guards in Imperial County abused their positions of power to garner sexual favors. A hearing on the case is set of Jan. 20. Former guard James Ray Morris pleaded guilty last year to having sex with inmates.

The Year in News 2008

Probe: Sex assaults by staff on inmates 'a problem' at federal prisons
Jay Weaver
December 28, 2008

Justice Department investigators concluded in a 2005 report that staff sexual assaults on inmates is a ''significant problem'' in federal prisons. The department's Office of the Inspector General said it investigated hundreds of allegations of inmate sexual abuse by U.S. Bureau of Prison personnel nationwide. Such cases make up about 12 percent of the inspector general's total investigations every year. From 2000 to 2004, the office opened investigations of 351 correctional officers and other staff accused of sexually abusing inmates -- with slightly more than half resulting in administrative punishment or criminal prosecutions.

Police: Inmate Sexually Assaulted in Jasper County Detention Center
The Beaufort Gazette
December 11, 2008

A man in custody at the Jasper County Detention Center has been charged in the sexual assault of a fellow inmate. Eighteen-year-old Jeffery Fields was charged in connection with the sexual assault of a 19-year-old male, who was being housed in the same cell. The victim awoke to Fields holding him down and assaulting him and reported the incident to a detention officer by scrawling the word "rape" in toothpaste on the metal flap of the cell's door. Fields remains in custody on his original, unrelated charge and on the first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge.

Odessa Correctional Officer Facing Bribery Charges
The Associated Press
December 11, 2008

A former officer at the Ector County Correctional Center faces a bribery charge over allegations that he supplied an inmate with three bags of marijuana and a cell phone in exchange for about $450 in October. The officer faces up to 15 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine if convicted. He was employed by CiviGenics a company contracted by the county to manage the federal holding facility inside the Ector County Courthouse.

Inmate Says She was Assaulted While Serving Time
The West Virginia Record
Cara Bailey
December 10, 2008

An inmate at the Anthony Correctional Center has filed a suit against the state Division of Corrections, claiming a supervisor at the prison sexually assaulted her while she was incarcerated. The suit claims that there is a “continuing practice and pattern of sexual harassment, sexual abuse and sexual assault visited upon inmates at the hands of one or more correctional officers and supervisory staff." The plaintiff is seeking compensatory and punitive damages as well as a program to train the Anthony Correctional Center employees to prevent sexual assault and harassment.

15 Officers Caught in FBI Drug Sting
The Chicago Tribune
Matthew Walberg and Jeff Coen
December 3, 2008

Authorities charged 10 Cook County corrections officers and sheriff's deputies, four Harvey police officers and one Chicago officer with providing protection for what they thought were a dozen large-scale shipments of cocaine and heroin.

Lawmaker Questions N.J. Prison Security
The Courier Post
Tom Baldwin
November 29, 2008

A Monmouth County lawmaker called Friday for legislative hearings into security problems in state prisons identified by the State Commission of Investigation, which says street gangs are thriving in state penitentiaries.

Corrections Officer Charged with Bribery for Buying Cigarettes for an Inmate
Chicago Sun Times
Rumanna Hussain
November 27, 2008

A Cook County correctional officer has been charged with bribery and official misconduct for allegedly purchasing cigarettes for a female inmate.

Nurse Charges with Smuggling Saw to Inmate
November 25, 2008

A contract nurse was accused of trying to smuggle a saw into an inmate at MCI-Cedar Junction in Walpole to aid an alleged plot to escape. The nurse was arrested and will be arraigned on charges that include delivering an article to an inmate and aiding the escape of a prisoner.

Jail Guard from Quincy Charged with Raping Female Inmate
WickedLocal Quincy
John P. Kelly
November 25, 2008

A corrections officer from Quincy was charged with raping a female inmate at a Boston jail. Lt. Thomas A. Healy Jr., a 17-year employee of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, pleaded innocent to charges of rape, indecent assault and battery and having sexual relations with a prisoner as a jail guard.

4 Corrections Officers Face Obstruction, Force Counts
North Country Gazette
November 24, 3008

An indictment was unsealed this morning in Brooklyn federal court charging three former correctional officers of the Queens Private Correctional Facility operated by GEO Group, Inc. Marvin Wells, Stephen Rhodes and Kirby Gray, and a current QPCF officer Krystal Mack have been charged with excessive force and obstruction of justice stemming from the assault of a federal inmate in April 2007.

Federal Jury Awards PA Prison Inmate $185K
The Associated Press
November 25, 2008

A state prison inmate has been awarded $185,000 by a federal jury in a lawsuit in which he claimed officials at Pittsburgh's prison improperly took and destroyed his legal papers. Twenty-six-year-old Andre Jacobs represented himself in the trial that ended Monday. He named a dozen defendants and the jury found in his favor against two guards and a spokeswoman who work or had worked at State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh.

Ex-Sheriff's Deputy Arrested On Sex Abuse Charges
November 23, 2008

A former Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy wanted on sexual abuse charges has been taken into custody in Texas. He was wanted on charges of lewd conduct, sexual battery and showing obscene material to a child were issued.

Prison Guard Convicted Of Rape Robbery Kidnapping
North Country Gazette
November 20, 2008

A jury has found A New York City corrections officer who worked at Rikers Island guilty of rape, kidnapping, sexual assault, and robbery charges. A jury convicted him of first degree rape, four counts of first degree robbery, two counts of first degree criminal sexual acts, four counts of first degree sexual abuse, kidnapping and second degree attempted kidnapping. He faces up to 243 years in prison.

Female Inmate Claims Rape
News-Journal Online
Lyda Longa
November 20, 2008

A woman who spent a night at the county correctional facility says she was raped by one or more female corrections officers. The woman, who has gestational diabetes, asked to be taken to the jail infirmary but her request was ignored. A few minutes later, the woman felt dizzy and fell on the floor of her cell. She said four officers began slapping her and pulling her hair. She was then taken to the medical unit where staff checked on her concluding she was "faking it." The officers then put the woman on suicide watch and ordered her to disrobe for a strip search. One of the officers pinned her legs down, while a second officer took her underwear off and sexually battered her while another officer "aggressively" groped her breasts to the point of pain and a fourth officer stood in the cell and watched.

Jacksonville Sheriff others cited in jail rape pre-lawsuit letter
The Florida Times-Union
Paul Pinkham
November 20, 2008

The rape of a correctional officer in the Duval County jail's law library resulted from policy lapses that left her alone and unmonitored with an unrestrained killer, according to a pre-lawsuit letter delivered to the sheriff Wednesday. The officer said she reported other inmates attacking and threatening her, but no security changes were made before she was raped in April. Her complaints include having to work alone with violent inmates in the library, which had no video surveillance and a door that could only be locked or unlocked from the outside.

Another Prison Worker Charged With Having Sex With Inmate
November 19, 2008

A woman who works at in the commissary of Gouverneur Correctional Facility has been arrested for allegedly having sex with an inmate. State police charged Laura E. Douglass on 11 counts of third-degree rape, one count of third-degree criminal sex act and one count of first-degree promoting prison contraband. According to police, Douglas engaged in sexual intercourse and oral sexual intercourse with an adult male inmate at the prison on multiple occasions from December 2007 through October 2008 and brought a weapon into the correctional facility during the summer of 2008. Last week, the laundry supervisor at Gouverneur Correctional Facility was charged with 16 counts of rape, third degree; 16 counts of criminal sex act, 3rd degree; and four counts of promoting prison contraband, 2nd degree for allegedly having sex with four prison inmates since 2006.

Former prison guard guilty of rape, assault: Plea deal accounts for 3 of 11 cases against him
Concord Monitor
Annemarie Timmins
November 19, 2008

UPDATE: Douglas Tower struck a deal with state prosecutors yesterday and pleaded guilty to raping or assaulting three female inmates at a Concord halfway house in 2005. The negotiated settlement spared Tower convictions on eight other alleged victims because those charges were dropped but the deal isn't likely to add time to the 21-year prison sentence Tower is already serving for raping or assaulting two other female inmates. Tower went to trial last year on the first two cases and was convicted of both. Under the negotiated deal, Tower admitted to raping or assaulting three of the remaining eight female inmates. He received several long sentences of 10 to 20 years each, but all were suspended. In exchange, the state dropped the remaining charges involving the eight other women.

Former Inmate Files Rape Suit
The Honolulu Advisor
Advisor Staff
November 18, 2008

A former federal prison inmate who was raped while in custody here has filed suit against the government and her attacker. The inmate was sexually assaulted in the Federal Detention Center by a civilian electrician working at the detention center, who admitted the assault last month and faces as much as 15 years in prison.

California Appeals Court Revives Transgendered Inmate’s Claim Against Prison System
Evan Hill
November 18, 2008

A California state appeal court ruled Friday that prison guards owe their inmates a special duty of care, potentially exposing prison officials to negligence suits if they fail to protect their charges. The ruling revives a suit brought against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by a transgender inmate who said she was violently raped on multiple occasions while being held in Folsom State Prison in early 2006. Folsom staff, including guards and psychologists, repeatedly ignored her pleas for help, Giraldo alleged in court papers. The court found that, "Prisoners are vulnerable. And dependent. Moreover, the relationship between [jailers and prisoners] is protective by nature," wrote Justice James Richman. "This, we conclude, is the epitome of a special relationship, imposing a duty of care on a jailer owed to a prisoner, and we today add California to the list of jurisdictions recognizing a special relationship." The case is Alexis Giraldo v. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, 08 C.D.O.S 14061.

Inmate’s Case against Correctional Officer Dismissed
The Frederick News- Post
Kate Leckie
November 14, 2008

Second-degree assault charges against a former Frederick County Adult Detention Center correctional officer were dropped Thursday in District Court. In August, inmate Sherri Schmidt brought the charges against Officer Covell claiming the two had a six-week affair while Covell worked at the jail. Schmidt said Covell became jealous about letters and photographs she mailed to a pen pal. She said that Covell confronted and assaulted her in her cell by picking her up by the collar and kicking her cell door as hard as he could. Covell was fired for having inappropriate contact with an inmate.

Ex-inmates awarded $8.45 million in rape, sexual harassment cases
The Detroit Free Press
November 13, 2008

A Washtenaw County jury has awarded eight former female inmates $8.45 million in damages for rapes and sexual harassment in the 1990s by officers at the Crane Correctional Facility.

FOP rebukes sheriff for comments on deputies
The Pekin Daily Times
By Sharon Woods Harris
November 11, 2008

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge has accused Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston of acting inappropriately by commenting to the Daily Times about a complaint filed with the Sheriff's Office Merit Commission asking for the termination of correctional officers Richard Johnston, Jeffrey Bieber and Justin Piro for allegedly assaulting county justice center inmate Becky Behm. The Illinois State Police are investigating the incident and the officers are currently suspended without pay.

State Investigates Prison Sex Allegations
The Flathead Beacon
By Associated Press
November 8, 2008

Four employees at the Montana State Prison have been placed on paid suspension while the state Department of Corrections investigates allegations that prison staff engaged in sexual activity with inmate Michael A. Murphy. A fifth worker who also was suspended with pay has ceased employment with the department.

Inmate Charged with Attempted Sex Assault

Hartford Currant
Courant Staff Report
November 4, 2008

An inmate at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Institution has been charged with kidnapping and attempted sexual assault after he forced a woman into a room inside the prison, locked the door and attacked her. Robert Dixon was charged Tuesday with attempted first-degree sexual assault, kidnapping, assaulting a public safety person, assault on a victim over 60, third-degree assault and threatening.

Ex-deputy sentenced to conditional discharge
The Buffalo News
October 29, 2008

Former Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Vick has pled guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with his suspected inappropriate contact with a 34 year old female inmate at the Erie County Correctional Facility.

Vt. Prison Rapes Rarely Reported

WCAX News 3
By Brian Joyce
October 28, 2008

Chittenden Correctional Center inmates Josh Corrigan, Shawn Tallman, Christopher Blow and David Oleson have been charged with unlawful restraint and attempted sexual assault for allegedly attempting to sexually assault a teenage inmate at the facility.

Former Corrections Officer Reaches Plea Agreement in Sex Crimes Case

WCAV News 19
By Hailey Frances
October 23, 2008

Former Fluvanna County corrections officer Patrick Gee has pled guilty to having consensual sex with two female inmates after recently being convicted on four counts of illegal sexual activity with inmates in separate incidents.

Correctional officer arrested for alleged inmate intimacy
The Register-Herald
By Jackie Ayres
October 21, 2008

Southern Regional Jail correctional officer Stephen Gillespie has been charged with sexual misconduct with an inmate for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a female inmate at the facility.

Former Prison Guard Convicted
CBS News 6
October 20, 2008

Former Pocahontas Correctional Unit chief of security Patrick Owen Gee has been convicted by a jury in Fluvanna County on four counts of illegal sexual activity with inmates.

Former prison instructor gets probation in inmate sex case

Omaha World-Herald
By Todd Cooper
October 14, 2008

Former Omaha Correctional Center instructor Gary L. Fowler has been sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to unlawfully relieving an inmate at the facility.

Correctional Officer Accused In Sex-For-Contraband Scheme
WRTV News 6
October 3, 2008

Rockville Correctional Facility officer Roger Heitzman has been charged with official misconduct and trafficking with an inmate for allegedly exchanging tobacco, medication and jewelry for sex with at least one inmate.

Prison guard gets seven years for raping inmate

The Plain Dealer
By Leila Atassi
October 3, 2008

Northeast Pre-Release Center officer Johnny Fortson has been sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty of three counts of rape, three counts of sexual battery and three counts of gross sexual imposition for raping an inmate and inappropriately touching two others at the facility.

Inmate says she was raped at DOC facility
Pacific Daily News
By Beau Hodai
September 23, 2008

A female inmate at the Mangilao Adult Detention Facility has reported being sexually assaulted by fellow inmate Kenneth Afaisen, who has been charged with criminal sexual conduct.

Inmate says she was sexually assaulted by officer
The Record
By Cara Bailey
September 18, 2008

Former Anthony Correctional Center inmate Ashley Radford has filed a lawsuit against the West Virginia Division of Corrections claiming she was sexually assaulted by supervising officer Dave Masters while incarcerated at the facility.

Sheriff's deputy charged sexual abuse of female inmate
The Buffalo News
September 16, 2008

Sheriff's deputy Anthony Vick has been charged with second degree sexual abuse for alleged inappropriate contact with a 34-year-old female inmate at the Erie County Correctional Facility.

Jailer Indicted on Rape Charge
September 13, 2008

Boyd County Detention Center officer Charles Howard has been charged with first degree Rape for the alleged sexual assault of a female inmate he was transporting.

Former Dale County jailer now sex offender
Dothan Eagle
By Ebony Horton
September 11, 2008

Former Dale County Jail officer Stanley Hamilton has been sentenced to two years of probation as will be required to register as a sex offender after pleaded guilty to custodial sexual abuse for having sexual relationships with at least two inmates at the facility.

Maricopa detention officer booked on sex assault charges
KNXV News 15
September 10, 2008

Maricopa County detention officer Clayton Darnell Buycks has been charged with sexual abuse and kidnapping for allegedly fondling a female inmate in a courthouse elevator while she was being transported.

Guards at women's prison accused of relationships with inmates
Knoxville News Sentinel
By Jim Balloch
September 8, 2008

Six officers at the Tennessee Prison for Women are under a departmental internal investigation for alleged inappropriate relationships with current and former inmates, bringing tobacco products into the facility and staff misconduct.

Former inmate says officer had sex with her
The West Virginia Record
By Cara Bailey
August 21, 2008

Former West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility inmate Tammy Rucker has filed a lawsuit against officer Kevin R. Kessell for allegedly forcing her to engage in sexual acts with him before giving her contraband to keep her quiet and the jail authority for failing to supervise correctional officers while on duty, failing to have uniform standards regarding the proper treatment of incarcerated citizens, and failing to have standards regarding the use of physical violence, sexual contact, harassment and intimidation of the incarcerated citizens under their control.

Ex-deputy gets prison term for molesting inmates
The Detroit News
By Valerie Olander
August 21, 2008

Former Livingston County Sheriff’s deputy Randy Boos has been sentenced to 43 months to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct for sexually molesting three female inmates while transporting them from the county jail to the justice center.

Former jail officer faces felony charge stemming from relationship with inmate

Gazette Xtra
By Ted Sullivan
August 20, 2008

Former Walworth County correctional officer Ellen L. Madl has been charged with delivery of illegal articles to an inmate for allegedly giving a greeting card to an inmate at the facility that she is alleged to have a relationship with.

Depcor inmate arrested for sexual assault
By Sabrina Salas Matanane
August 11, 2008

Guam Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Unit inmate Kenneth Afaisen has been charged on three counts each of criminal sexual conduct, assault and terrorizing for allegedly sexually assaulting a female inmate.

Former Floyd corrections officer accused of having sex with inmate
The News & Tribune
August 7, 2008

Former Floyd County Sheriff’s Department correctional officer Michelle A. Hurst has been charged with two counts of trafficking with an inmate and one count of sexual misconduct for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an inmate and bringing pain medication into the county Jail.

Woman-on-Woman Rape Claim at Rikers
The Village Voice
By Graham Rayman
August 5, 2008

A female inmate at the Rikers Island Jail claimed that someone entered her cell while she was asleep and used an object to sexually assault her after an officer found her bound and gagged with bedsheets.

Former Walworth County jail inmate claims he was sexually assaulted by officer
The Janesville Gazette
By Ted Sullivan
August 5, 2008

Former Walworth County Jail inmate Jonathan S. Reeves has filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing former correctional officer David W. Bickford of sexually assaulting him twice in 2002. Reeves claims jail officials were aware of Bickford’s sexual assaults against inmates dating back to 1991, but failed to intervene.

Correctional officer fired after sexual contact with inmate
The Janesville Gazette
By Mike Dupre
July 30, 2008

Rock County probationary correctional officer John K. Housinga has been fired after an internal investigation showed the officer allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with a female inmate. Criminal charges have not yet been filed against the officer.

Inmate booked with rape attempt
The Times-Picayune
By Jeff Adelson
July 29, 2008

Slidell City Jail inmate Eric D. Poiroux has been charged with attempted simple rape and simple battery for allegedly assaulting and attempting to rape his cellmate.

Officer jailed for allegedly trading cigarettes for sex
The Southern
By Becky Malkovich
July 24, 2008

Franklin County correctional officer Scott E. McMurray has been charged with three counts of custodian sexual misconduct for allegedly trading cigarettes for sexual favors from female inmates.

Maine prison guard charged with sex with inmate
The Boston Globe
By Associated Press
July 11, 2008

Maine Correctional Center officer Glen Works has been charged with rape and failure to report a sexual assault for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an inmate at the facility.

Correctional Officer accused of sexual assault
The Lusk Herald
By Kim O’Brien
July 9, 2008

Former Wyoming Women’s Center correctional officer Andrew Ravelo has been charged with sexual assault in the second degree by infliction of sexual intrusion on a victim and taking contraband into a penal institution or correctional facility for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an inmate and bringing compact discs or other items into the facility.

Ex-Victoria sheriff admits to perjury in sex-abuse case

The Houston Chronicle
By Associated Press
July 4, 2008

Former Victoria County Sheriff Michael L. Ratcliff has pled guilty to aggravated perjury, admitting he lied to a grand jury about having sex with an inmate who accused him of sexual assault.

Sheriff vows to “prevent, detect and reduce” inmate sex abuse
The Columbian
By Stephanie Rice
July 2, 2008

Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas has vowed to prevent, detect and reduce incidents of sexual abuse against inmates at the county jail following a U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics report that ranks the facility as having the second highest rate of sexual abuse in the country.

Prison assault latest involving illicit sex
KTEN News 10
By Associated Press
June 30, 2008

Former Oklahoma Department of Corrections secretary Joi Ilene Starr has been charged with first degree rape for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an inmate.

Correctional officer admits 2 counts
Daily Press
By Associated Press
June 23, 2008

Former Petersburg Federal Correctional Center officer Teresa Mendoza has pled guilty to carnal knowledge with an inmate and bribery of a public official for having a sexual relationship with an inmate and accepting money and gifts from an inmate in exchange for contraband such as cell phones, cigarettes and alcohol.

Prison officer accused of having sex with inmate
The Chicago Tribune
By Associated Press
June 18, 2008

A Columbia Correctional Institution officer has been accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate and giving him snacks and magazines and will likely be charged with multiple felony counts of second degree sexual assault of an inmate, delivery of articles to inmates and misconduct in public office.

Prison guard arrested in alleged sex with inmate

The Capital Times
By Doug Shore
June 16, 2008

Columbia Correctional Institution officer Christine Killoran-Pulver has been charged with multiple felonies, including sexual assault and delivery of articles to an inmate for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an inmate at the facility.

Ohio Corrections Officer Admits to Sex With Inmates
June 11, 2008

A Lake County correctional officer has resigned after admitting to having consensual sex with three female inmates at the county jail in Painesville. The inmates have declined to press charges but the officer may face felony charges by the state for misconduct pending an internal investigation.

Jail Guard Admits To Having Sex With Several Inmates
News Net 5
June 10, 2008

A Lake County corrections officer has resigned after an internal investigation reveled allegations that he was having sexual encounters with several female inmates at the county jail.

Sex with corrections officers
WHAS News 11
By Mark Hebert
June 10, 2008

Pewee Valley women’s prison officers Sergeant Robert Tingle and Captain Andrew Kerrick have been fired for their alleged sexual assault of inmate Alisha Brewer. No criminal charges have been filed against either of the two officers.

Bullitt County deputy suspended after sex abuse allegation
WAVE News 3
May 27, 2008

Bullitt County sheriff's deputy Joe Rogers has been suspended without pay and is under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct with a female inmate of the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center.

Changes at Monroe County Correctional Facility
WNEP News 16
By Trish Hartman
May 16, 2008

Monroe County Correctional Facility has improved new inmate orientation, hired new staff and the county prison board will undergo intensive leadership training in an effort to address sexual abuse at the facility after several staff members faced charges for having sexual contact with inmates in 2006.

County to help guard accused of assault
Fond Du Lac Repoter
By Amie Jo Schaenzer
May 9, 2008

Fond du Lac County has loaned Taycheedah Correctional Institution officer Jimmie L. Brown money to hire an attorney to represent him after being charged with thirteen counts of second degree sexual assault by correctional staff for allegedly having sexual contact with inmates at the facility.

Ex-prison official indicted in sex case
Richmond Times-Dispatch
By Frank Green
May 2, 2008

Former Pocahontas Correctional Unit chief of security Patrick Owen Gee has been charged with 30 counts of having carnal knowledge of inmates for allegedly having sexual relationships with three inmates at the facility.

Former Deputy Seeks New Sentence After Sex Abuse Plea
WTOV News 9
By Natalie Pasquarella
April 28, 2008

Former Hancock County deputy Mark Smith is requesting a new sentence of home confinement at a reconsideration hearing after being sentenced in a plea agreement to one year in jail and 10 years of sex offender registration for pleading no contest to second degree sexual abuse.

$10M Settlement In Prison Sex Abuse Case
CBS News
By Associated Press
April 19, 2008

Nine former Pocahontas Correctional Unit inmates have reached a tentative settlement with the Virginia Department of Corrections for $10 million dollars for alleged sexual abuse that occurred at the facility.

Correction Officer Indicted for Sex Abuse
FOX News 8
April 18, 2008

Former Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility officer Joanee Graham has been charged with two counts of sexual battery for allegedly performing oral sex on a male in custody.

Former Roland Official Charged With Rape Of Inmate
April 14, 2008

Former Roland Oklahoma town manager Charles E. Day has been charged with multiple counts of rape for allegedly having sex with a female inmate at the town jail.

Ex-guard faces sodomy, rape charges
Muskogee Phoenix
By Liz McMahan
April 14, 2008

Former Eddie Warrior Correctional Center officer Dean Craig Jimison has been charged with three counts of sodomy and three counts of rape for the alleged sexual abuse of an inmate at the facility.

Federal lawsuit alleges sexual misconduct in Monroe County jail
LaCrosse Tribune
By Kevin Murphy
April 9, 2008

Former Monroe County jail night shift supervisor Lt. David Schaldach, Sheriff Charles Amundson and Undersheriff John Cram have been named in a federal law suit alleging that Schaldach had oral sex repeatedly performed on him by a female inmate who a jail nurse had recommended be placed on suicide watch.

Former corrections officer accused of sexual misconduct with inmate
Spartanburg Herald-Journal
April 3, 2008

Former Tyger River Correctional Institution officer Lori Clawson Johnston has been charged with two counts of second degree sexual misconduct with an inmate at the facility.

Sex assaults spawn changes in prisoner transport rules
Union Leader
By Gary Rayno
March 30, 2008

The New Hampshire Department of Corrections will add windows to doors in rooms where staff and inmates meet alone and additional surveillance cameras at the Shea Farm halfway house as well as require that all inmates be transported by an officer of the same gender as a result of a recent sexual assault lawsuit at the faciltiy.

The reality of prison rape remains difficult to research
The Houston Chronicle
By Dane Schiller
March 28, 2008

The U.S. Department of Justice questioned wardens, guards and other prison officials over results of an inmate survey that show Texas has the nation's highest rate of sexual assaults in it’s correctional facilities during a recent hearing.

Texas leads U.S. in rates of prison rape, survey finds
Marshall News Messenger
By Mike Ward
March 28, 2008

According to a recent Bureau of Justice Statistics survey, Texas has the highest reported rates of sexual assault within correctional settings with 15.7 percent of all offenders in custody reporting that they had experienced some form of sexual abuse.

PdC Corrections Officer Charged with Sexual Assault of Inmates
WKBT News 8
March 27, 2008

Prairie du Chien Correctional Institute officer James Trentin has been charged with 22 felony counts of sexual assault and six counts of delivering articles to inmates for allegedly providing chewing tobacco, candy bars, cologne and other items to inmates in exchange for sexual favors.

Former correctional officer arrested for sexual contact with inmate
Charleston Daily Mail
By Zach Pettit
March 24, 2008

Former South Central Regional Jail officer Kevin R. Kessell has been accused of engaging in sexual contact with a female inmate while he was employed at the facility.

Guard accused of sex with inmates
The Pueblo Chieftain
By Nick Bonham
March 20, 2008

La Vista Correctional Facility officer Kenneth Michael Martinez has been charged with sexual misconduct in a penal institution for allegedly having sexual relations with two female inmates at the facility.

Corrections Worker Charged with Rape
March 19, 2008

Topeka women's correctional facility officer Anastacio Gallardo has been charged with unlawful sexual relations and two counts of traffic in contraband in a correctional institution.

Jailer, Barnes County cleared in suit
The Bismarck Tribune
By Associated Press

March 16, 2008
A jury has concluded that sexual acts between jail officer Kevin Schudar and an inmate were consensual and that Barnes County was not negligent for Schudar's actions.

2nd former inmate alleges misconduct by Dwight prison officials, files suit
The Chicago Tribune
By Michael Higgins

March 12, 2008
Former Dwight Correctional Center inmate Shawntay Wright has filed a lawsuit alleging prison officials failed to investigate sexual misconduct by male guards.

Anchorage jail inmate files rape charges
Anchorage Daily News
By Meg Holland
March 7, 2008

Anchorage jail complex inmate Elmer Seetot has been charged with 23 counts of rape for the alleged sexual assault of his cellmate, Berry Jack.

Rappahannock Correctional Officer Arrested
ABC News 7
March 6, 2008

Rappahannock Regional Jail officer Richard Zacofsky has been charged with one count of carnal knowledge of an inmate and one count of sodomy by force, threat or intimidation for his alleged sexual abuse of a female inmate at the facility.

Former inmate accuses guards of raping her
Chicago Tribune
By Kristen Kridel
March 4, 2008

A former Dwight Correctional Center inmate has filed a lawsuit against several facility employees alleging that a group of correctional officers sexually assaulted her at least 29 times over several months. She claims that the incidents were reported more than 20 times to the facilities internal affairs unit and that she sent three emergency grievances to the warden but never received a response. Since her release, she has given birth to a child conceived during her stay at the facility and will undergo DNA testing to identify which of the accused officers is the father.

Former corrections officer pleads no contest to sexual abuse of inmate
The Grand Island Independent
By Mark Coddington
March 4, 2008

Former Hall County correctional officer Jason Keller has pled no contest to sexual abuse of an inmate for having sexual contact with a female inmate at the county jail. The inmate has denied that Keller used force, coercion or threats. Keller remains free on bond until his scheduled sentencing date pending his cooperation with a pre-sentence investigation.

Former inmate's claim of abuse goes to trial
Rapid City Journal
By Heidi Bell Gease
February 20, 2008

Pennington County Jail officer Jermaine Leonard has been accused of raping inmate Mindy Kahle in her cell at the facility according to a civil lawsuit filed on behalf on Kahle. Sheriff's Deputy Tim Malone has also been named in the suit for failing to protect Kahle while Leonard was under his supervision.

State report critical of halfway house
KUSA News 9
February 7, 2008

A report resulting from an investigation conducted by the Colorado Department of Public Safety has been released detailing a series of problems at The Villa halfway house ranging from untrained staff to case managers having sexual relationships with offenders.

Danbury federal prison guard accused of having sexual relations with inmate
By Associated Press
February 1, 2008

Federal Correctional Institution officer Michael Rudkin has been charged with sexual abuse of a ward for allegedly engaging in a sex act with a female inmate at the facility.

Jury awards $15.5 million to female inmates alleging sexual abuse
Michigan Live
By David Eggert
February 1, 2008

A jury has unanimously awarded $15.5 million dollars to 10 female inmates at the Robert Scott Correctional Facility in a class action lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections for failure to prevent sexual abuse by male officers.

Lawsuit alleges women abused by prison guards
Muskegon Chronicle
January 31, 2008

A group of current and former female inmates have filed a lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections for allegedly suffering sexual abuse, assaults, extortion and harassment by male corrections officers in state prisons and camps.

Ex-prison guard headed to prison
The Ann Arbor News
By Susan L. Oppat
January 30, 2008

Former Huron Valley Women's Prison correctional officer Jody Nunn has been sentenced to 43 months to 15 years in prison after being convicted of two counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct for sexually assaulting a female inmate in 2005.

Bill would create DOC grievance program
The Olympian
By Adam Wilson
January 28, 2008

Washington lawmakers are pushing to create an independent agency to investigate complaints about the Department of Corrections with Senate Bill 5295.

Lifting limits on sexual abuse lawsuits
By Andrew Beckett
January 17, 2008

Wisconsin lawmakers are considering lifting the statute of limitations for filing lawsuits in sexual abuse cases.

Ex-jailer charged with sexual abuse
Tomah Monitor Herald
By Anne Jungen
January 13, 2008

Former Monroe County sheriff’s deputy Lt. David Schaldach has been charged with abuse of a resident of a penal facility for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a female inmate under psychiatric care.

Accused Richland County jailer could take the stand in sex abuse case
The News Journal
By Mark Caudill
January 10, 2008

Former Richland County Jail officer James Campain is scheduled to take the stand in defense of charges of against him for allegedly sexually abusing multiple female inmates at the facility.

Former prison officer gets jail in sex case
The Republican
By Buffy Spencer
January 3, 2008

Former Hampden County Correctional Center officer Stanford Norman has been given a sentence of two to three years in prison after being convicted of having sex with a female inmate at the facility. Officer Brian K. Murphy was sentenced to two years of probation for assisting Norman.

Judge dismisses sex abuse lawsuit by women inmates at Albion
The Buffalo News
By Dan Herbeck
January 2, 2008

A federal judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit filed by female inmates at the Albion Correctional Facility that accused the state of New York of not doing enough to prevent officers from sexually abusing inmates within state facilities.

State settles former inmate's sex abuse lawsuit
Star Tribune
By Ben Neary
January 1, 2008

The state of Wyoming has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a former Rawlins state penitentiary inmate who claimed he was beaten and sexually assaulted by another inmate at the facility.