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Former prison guard gets 3 years in jail after caught in drug sting Operation Blind Justice

(Expensive $5,000 lesson.....learned?)    Sergeant Sandvig

January 7, 2011
Julius Whigham II
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

A former state prison guard indicted in an FBI drug sting was sentenced to nearly three years in prison today, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Jerry Thicklin, of Clewiston, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth A. Marra to 33 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Thicklin, 27, pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

He was targeted in a sting operation dubbed "Operation Blind Justice," which was a joint federal, state and local law enforcement undercover public corruption investigation of Florida State Prison guards.

The sting netted 22 arrests on state and federal charges last February.

Thicklin, a former officer at Moore Haven Correctional Facility, was accused of participating in an operation that smuggled sham cocaine from Miami to West Palm Beach in return for $5,000 payments from undercover FBI agents.



Inmate gets more time for prison assault

January 7, 2011

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A prison inmate convicted of assaulting two correctional officers has been sentenced to an additional 95 months in prison.

U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi also on Thursday ordered 34-year-old Howard Harris to serve three years of supervised released following his prison term.

Harris, an inmate at the federal prison in Oakdale, was convicted in September of a charge he threw a mix of feces and urine at two guards who were escorting inmates from their cells to the recreation yard, hitting them in the chest and face.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Lafayette couldn't immediately say why Harris was imprisoned or how long a sentence he was serving.

Jail and Prison Overcrowding Statistics

  • Each year, over 600,000 people are admitted to State and Federal prisons, and over 10 million are incarcerated in local Jails
  • Adding prison, jail, and probation populations together, the U.S. corrections population exceeds 7 million people – or 1 in every 32 U.S. adults
  • Approximately 40% of offenders committing technical violations of parole conditions are sent back to jail – taking up valuable space that could be better used for those committing more serious crimes
  • The average annual operating cost per State was $23,876 - or $65.41/day
  • Among facilities operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, it was $23,429 per inmate - or $64.19/day
  • By 2011, the Western U.S. States will experience the greatest prison population increases (18%), while the Northeast will experience the lowest (7%)
  • Jails populations are rising at a higher rate than prison populations, and the number of people in jails has doubled since 1990

          “Public Safety, Public Spending” (2008), The Pew Charitable
          “Prisoners in 2007” (2008), Bureau of Justice Statistics
          “Jailing Communities” (2008), Justice Policy Institute

       Rising Costs of Incarceration

  • Prison operating costs will increase by $2.5 billion/year to as much as $5 billion/year by 2011. 
  • By 2011, the price tag for housing the projected 192,000 new prisoners could add an additional $27.5 billion to taxpayer costs – with $15 billion in operating costs and $12.5 billion in new construction costs. 
  • Operational costs (the day-to-day expenses, including personnel salaries, medical services, and programs) is almost thirty times that of capital costs. 
  • Capital costs (land, construction, and renovations of existing facilities) are also increasing. 
  • For states, prisons are the fourth-largest budget item – behind health, education, and transportation. 
  • High turnover among prison employees and low salaries make it difficult to recruit qualified staff, especially for prisons located in economically-depressed rural areas. 
  • Prison beds each cost between $25,000 and $100,000, depending on inmate security levels. 
  • Incarceration costs are $21.403/pp annually, compared with $2,198 for community-based substance abuse treatment and $3,296 for intensive community supervision.

          “Public Safety, Public Spending” (2008), The 
            Pew Charitable Trusts
          “Prisoners in 2006” (2007), Bureau of Justice
          “Prisoners in 2007” (2008), Bureau of Justice

AP: Severe injuries cited in Alabama inmate death

Sorry but an inmate is not worth your livelihood and a criminal record!!               Sergeant Sandvig

January 13, 2011
By JAY REEVES Associated Press

An Alabama inmate who died following an alleged attack by prison officers was hurt so severely his body was covered with deep bruises, his face was swollen and at least one tooth was missing, according to medical records obtained by The Associated Press.

Rocrast D. Mack, 24, had a traumatic brain injury and was unresponsive when he arrived at a hospital in Troy after being injured last August at a south Alabama prison, the medical records show. He never regained consciousness after being transported to a Montgomery hospital where he died.

Mack's family filed a civil suit this week seeking an unspecified amount of damages in his death.

Despite his condition, the records show, at least one prison officer remained with Mack while he was in the hospital, apparently for security.

State personnel records obtained by the AP also show a female officer was the first to strike Mack and that she and a second officer attempted to cover up what happened. The records do not indicate what happened before the assault or where in the prison it occurred.

Prison officials have said as many as six former officers could face criminal charges in the death of Mack, who was serving 20 years for a drug conviction. A supervisor and the female guard were fired, and four other officers quit.

A forensic pathologist who conducted a post-mortem examination for Mack's family said it was impossible to determine how many people might have beaten the prisoner or how many times he was struck because he was so badly bruised.

"It's unusual in the extent of the blunt-force injuries," Dr. James Lauridson, a retired chief state medical examiner hired by an attorney for the Mack family, told the AP. "These injuries extended really to all parts of his body."

A lawyer for the Mack family, Guy Willis, said it appeared the man was handcuffed at least some of the time he was assaulted.

"The injuries he had are consistent with him being restrained and beaten," Willis said.

The medical records paint a gruesome picture of Mack's final hours following the struggle on Aug. 4 at Ventress prison near Clayton, one of Alabama's most overcrowded prisons at the time. One document said he was struck with a guard's baton.

Mack had multiple bruises to the head, torso, arms and legs when he arrived at Troy Medical Center, and his left eye was swollen shut. He was placed on life support within minutes and was taken 70 miles by ambulance to Jackson Hospital, where he later died.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation determined crimes occurred in Mack's treatment, according to the Department of Corrections, and Commissioner Richard Allen is urging state and local authorities to prosecute. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also is reviewing the case, according to prison officials.

Corrections officials have not released the names of the officers who were fired or quit, but personnel records obtained by the AP show Lt. Michael A. Smith and Officer Melissa A. Brown were fired from Ventress in October after an investigation.

The review showed Smith and Brown violated several department rules, including the use of unauthorized physical force and lying about an investigation. The records indicate Brown struck the inmate first and that the lieutenant advised her to say that the inmate struck her first.

An attorney for Smith did not immediately return a message seeking comment, and records do not indicate whether Brown has a lawyer. State personnel records show Smith has appealed his firing but Brown has not appealed hers.

Records: Severe injuries cited in inmate death

   Not good.....not good at all.           
                               Sergeant Sandvig

January 14, 2011
Jay Reeves
Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM -- An Alabama prison inmate who died following an al­leged attack by Prison Officers was hurt so severely his body was cov­ered with deep bruises, his face was swollen and at least one tooth was missing, according to medical re­cords obtained by The Associated Press.

Rocrast D. Mack, 24, had a trau­matic brain injury and was unre­sponsive when he arrived at a hos­pital in Troy after being injured last August at a south Alabama prison, the medical records show. He never regained consciousness after being transported to a Mont­gomery hospital where he died.

Mack's family filed a civil suit this week seeking an unspecified amount of damages in his death.

Despite his condition, the re­cords show, at least one prison offi­cer remained with Mack while he was in the hospital, apparently for security.

State personnel records ob­tained by the AP also show a female officer was the first to strike Mack and that she and a second officer at­tempted to cover up what hap­pened. The records do not indicate what happened before the assault or where in the prison it occurred.

Prison officials have said as many as six former officers could face criminal charges in the death of Mack, who was serving 20 years for a drug conviction. A supervisor and the female guard were fired, and four other officers quit.

A forensic pathologist who con­ducted a post-mortem examination for Mack's family said it was impos­sible to determine how many peo­ple might have beaten the prisoner or how many times he was struck because he was so badly bruised.

"It's unusual in the extent of the blunt-force injuries," Dr. James Lauridson, a retired chief state medical examiner hired by an at­torney for the Mack family, told the AP. "These injuries extended really to all parts of his body."

A lawyer for the Mack family, Guy Willis, said it appeared the man was handcuffed at least some of the time he was assaulted.

Mack had multiple bruises to the head, torso, arms and legs when he arrived at Troy Medical Center, and his left eye was swollen shut. He was placed on life support with­in minutes and was taken 70 miles by ambulance to Jackson Hospital, where he later died.

The Alabama Bureau of Investi­gation determined crimes occurred in Mack's treatment, according to the Department of Corrections, and Commissioner Richard Allen is urging state and local authorities to prosecute. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also is reviewing the case, according to prison officials.

Corrections officials have not released the names of the officers who were fired or quit, but person­nel records obtained by the AP show Lt. Michael A. Smith and Offi­cer Melissa A. Brown were fired from Ventress in October after an investigation.

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Prison probe leads to resignation of Corrections Officer

Another C.O. in the unemployment line for CROSSING THE LINE!!
                                                          Sergeant Sandvig
January 20, 2011

The ongoing investigation into alleged tobacco smuggling at the Lackawanna County Prison has resulted in the resignation of a corrections officer, it was confirmed Wednesday.

County officials declined to identify the employee, who resigned the evening of Dec. 21, while FBI agents were at the prison conducting interviews as part of the county-requested probe.

However, The Times-Tribune learned Christopher Maloney, 26, who had been employed as a corrections officer since March 2006, tendered his resignation the same day.

Efforts to locate Mr. Maloney on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

In his resignation letter, which was written on prison letterhead and dated Dec. 21, Mr. Maloney said he was voluntarily resigning his position "in lieu of possible termination." The resignation was effective immediately, according to the letter, which the county released at the newspaper's request.

Along with the district attorney's office and the prison administration, the FBI is looking into allegations that corrections officers were paid between $300 and $500 a pound to smuggle loose tobacco into the jail for inmates, who resold it in smaller amounts to other inmates at enormous profit.

No criminal charges have been filed.

Commissioner Mike Washo, chairman of the county prison board, mentioned the resignation of a corrections officer almost in passing during a press conference Tuesday evening at which he announced he will not seek re-election this year.

Noting the troubled prison still faces significant issues, Mr. Washo reiterated that county officials asked the FBI to come into the jail.

"And before the night was out," Mr. Washo said, referring to Dec. 21, "a corrections officer resigned as a result of the questioning that took place out there. I was there, and I saw it."

On Wednesday, Mr. Washo would not disclose the unnamed officer's identity, but he did say no other employees have resigned due to the investigation. A source familiar with the probe previously told the newspaper the investigation was looking at four or five officers.

Mr. Washo said Wednesday he could not comment on the progress of the investigation, other than to say it is continuing.

A large quantity of loose tobacco was among the contraband confiscated last Thursday, when more than 100 state Department of Corrections officers, also acting on a request by the county, conducted an unprecedented top-to-bottom search of the prison.


However, nothing I’ve found so far about prison food is more sinister and curious than the infamous "Nutraloaf," or "prison loaf," as it's also called. In other circles, it's been termed the "special management meal," and, simply, "the loaf." The ingredients for the loaf tend to vary slightly from prison kitchen to kitchen: for example, apparently "Vermont's penal cookbook calls for a combination of vegetables, beans, bread, cheese, and raisins," which doesn't sound bad in and of itself. Should you be interested in sampling this (and I would encourage you to do so and report back), you can follow this recipe, compliments of Baltimore's Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center:

Special Management Meal // Yield - Three Loaves 6 slices whole wheat bread, finely chopped
4 ounces imitation cheddar cheese, finely grated
4 ounces raw carrots, finely grated
12 ounces spinach, canned, drained
2 cups dried Great Northern Beans, soaked, cooked, and drained
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 ounces potato flakes, dehydrated
6 ounces tomato paste
8 ounces powdered skim milk
4 ounces raisins

Mix all ingredients in a 12-quart mixing bowl. Make sure all wet items are drained. Mix until stiff, just moist enough to spread. Form three loaves in glazed bread pans. Place loaf pans in the oven on a sheet pan filled with water, to keep the bottom of the loaves from burning. Bake at 325 degrees in a convection oven for approximately 45 minutes. The loaf will start to pull away from the sides of the bread pan when done.

While that may or may not sound terribly dismal to you, bear in mind that the purpose of such a baked lump of ground-up food isn’t to be nauseating so much as the opposite: to be utterly bland. That is, the loaf should not wreak cruel havoc on the taste buds, but should instead let them down with insidious disappointment. In general, the cardboard-like lasagna, as some have described it, is served on a paper plate and eaten with the hands, and has gained much popularity as the prison’s disciplinary device of choice today. It is said that when all else fails in forcing a bad inmate to comply with good behavior, this tasteless brick of mash is deployed, and apparently with great success. Most prisons have reported not having to use it much, and there are apparently some informal limits. One pound loaves, served three times daily, for a maximum of two weeks at a time, seems to be the general rule, but again each facility does the loaf in its own very special way.

Yet, consider this: Perhaps one of the last shreds of humanity left for an inmate in prison (and perhaps a shred that prisons should at the very least try to preserve) is one's ability to taste and, to some extent, still enjoy food. If you've ever had a bad head cold, or known anyone undergoing chemotherapy who has lost their sense of taste for the duration, then you know how torturous it can be to eat in this condition. In prison, food is perhaps one of the few remaining opportunities left to experience joy on a purely bio-chemical level, which explains why the loaf has been so successful, and yet perhaps why it is also so cruel in a Clockwork Orange sort of way. (Though, apparently not cruel enough to be unusual by the Eighth Amendment’s standards.) It also helps us to understand why an inmate’s "last supper" on death row is such a crucial and yet also twisted ritual.



Inmate going to trial in Prison Guard's death

Brown, was held to court on charges of aggravated assault, assault by a prisoner, and reckless endangerment in the death of 49-year-old Gary M. Chapin.

According to police, Brown attacked Chapin at the Crawford County Correctional Facility in Saegertown. Police say Chapin was hit and thrown to the ground.

Chapin did not regain consciousness after the attack and died later at Wesbury United Methodist Community Hospital in Meadville.

This is the first time in county history that a corrections officer has been killed in a job-related incident.

Although the hearing was held in Zilhaver's Saegertown office, the judge in charge of the proceeding was Nicols. Zilhaver recused himself because his office is located at the prison facility.

Brown was in jail for a parole violation.

He had previously served time for robbery.

The Life of a Correctional Officer

What Are the Duties of a Corrections Officer?

By Taunda Edwards

A Corrections Officer has the duty of securing the correctional facility he works for. Monitoring an inmate and his activity is routine for a corrections officer, as well as inspecting the property and cell of an inmate. Keeping the inmates and the environment safe is the main duty of the corrections officer.

    Training and Education

  • To become a Corrections Officer, a person needs to have at least a high school diploma, depending on the institution. Federal prisons require a bachelor's degree and experience while local and state prisons and jails may require a corrections officer to have college credits or experience in the military or law enforcement. Federal, state and local agencies provide corrections officers with training on institutional policies, regulations and operations through training academies. Training in self-defense skills and firearm proficiency also may be required, depending on the type of correctional institution.
  • Security

  • All Corrections Officers oversee inmates who are incarcerated for a criminal conviction or those who are standing trial for a crime. A corrections officer is responsible for preventing disturbances and maintaining security for the correctional facility he works for. The corrections officer maintains security by preventing incidents such as inmate assaults or attacks and inmate escapes.
  • Search and Inspections

  • Searching inmate's cells and property is a duty of the correction's officer. Inmates have contraband, such as drugs, weapons and other illegal possessions their position very often. When an inmate receives a visit, it is the responsibility of the corrections officer to thoroughly search an inmate ensuring no contraband has been snuck into the facility. It is also the responsibility of the officer to report any contraband found. The bars on cells and locks of inmates could be picked or broken when an inmate is planning to escape. It is the responsibility of the corrections officer to inspect these bars, locks and doors to prevent the escape.
  • Abusing Inmates

  • A Corrections Officer is not allowed to abuse an inmate. Physical force of an inmate should be used only when a corrections officer is protecting himself or others. A corrections officer must report to higher authorities, either orally or in writing, the conduct of the inmates. The corrections officer will keep a daily log of what the inmate has done, whether it is positive, such as quality work or negatives, like security breaches and violation of rules. Corrections officers may not favor an inmate over another and must report any inmate that violates the rules of the prison.
  • Monitoring Dangerous Inmates

  • Correctional facilities are categorized by the type of inmates housed. For instance, those inmates who have committed more serious crimes are considered dangerous and are housed in facilities equipped to monitor them. The corrections officers who work in these dangerous environments will monitor inmates through centralized control centers equipped with closed circuit television cameras and computer tracking systems. These environments isolate the inmates from the rest of the inmate population and often allow the inmate out of his cell only for showers, meals or visits.
  • Escorting Inmates

  • Some inmates travel outside the correctional facility to work, seek medical treatment or for court appearances. In these cases, the corrections officer has the duty to oversee the inmate while he is outside the facility. A corrections officer will keep the inmate from escaping or causing harm to anyone in the community. Corrections officers are responsible for properly placing shackles and handcuffs on inmates to prevent escape attempts.

Definition of a Corrections Officer

By Adeeba Folami

Corrections Officers (COs) primarily work in jails and prisons and are responsible for oversight of persons who have been arrested or are serving sentences after being convicted of a crime. There are other duties, however, that also define what a CO is and does.

    Keeping Peace

  • COs are responsible for keeping the peace in facilities where they work. They prevent or break up fights among inmates and perform searches of the facility to ensure no weapons or drugs are on site that can cause disruption.
  • Ability to Multitask

  • The ability to multitask and be flexible when it comes to duties is essential for corrections officers. Their jobs can be a combination of the tasks performed by police officers, social workers, counselors, managers, teachers and security guards.
  • Requirements

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is a minimum requirement to become a corrections officer; however, many facilities now seek applicants who have a four-year college degree in psychology, criminal justice, police science or criminology. It is also an advantage to have prior military, law enforcement or counseling experience.
  • Employment Locations

  • Adult prisons and jails are not the only facilities were COs are employed. They provide similar services, oversight and security in juvenile correctional institutions and for immigration detainees who face deportation.
  • Role Beyond Security

  • COs play significant roles in assisting police with investigations of crimes that take place in prisons or jails. In smaller cities and counties, corrections officers may also serve as deputy sheriffs or police officers and help with local law enforcement.
  • Job Potential

  • Job opportunities for Corrections Officers are excellent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With the ever-expanding US prison population, long-term job security for those entering this line of work is positive.
  • Challenges

  • Working as a Corrections Officer can be emotionally challenging and the work can cause high levels of anxiety, depression and stress. It is also a hazardous profession, particularly if the work is security and oversight of extremely violent offenders.

Female Officer killed at Monroe Corrections Facility





"My parents said I could grow up to be a Corrections Officer"

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 I received the following comment from a viewer In response to Officer Jayme Biendl being killed at a Washington State Prison

February 1, 2011

"I was a support worker at a WA state prison. My position was managing the security of mix of level 3 & 4 inmates in an isolated area without back-up. I fought for a year and a half with teamsters 117 and with the WA DOC to at least get manned cameras as back-up. I went so far as to write the governor requesting aid. No response from the governor and the union was more concerned about me not getting coffee breaks. This is prior to the budget cuts, this is the norm at WA state prisons, the budget cuts are merely an excuse due to this tragidy at Monroe. When a hit was attempted on one of my inmates it took approx. 3 minutes to get back up after I hit my panic button, another minute before a the single officer responder received back-up, Thank God the other 15 inmates stayed out of it. Still nothing was done about the lack of security".

Thank you for sending me this's a sad situation.
                               Sergeant Sandvig

Department of Corrections announces changes following Officer Biendl's death

Big security changes are on the way for Washington state's Department of Corrections. They come in the wake of the murder of Monroe Corrections Officer Jayme Biendl.

The agency will implement the following changes starting immediately:

  • Prisons will count staff members when an inmate can't be found.
  • Some officers will begin monitoring single officer posts periodically.
  • Prisons will conduct silent alarm drills. Those alarms are on all handheld radios.
  • The Department of Corrections will discontinue one-day modified lockdowns at all eight major prisons.

Secretary of Corrections Eldon Vail says more changes could be coming after a policy and procedure review.

At 1:35 p.m. on Sunday, all 13 prisons will have a moment of silence for Officer Biendl. Sunday would have been her 35th birthday. 


Prison gives pizzerias a record order

February 6, 2011

HUTCHINSON, Kan., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Two Pizza Huts in Kansas are working up a Super Bowl order of 941 pizzas and almost 10,000 chicken wings -- for a prison.

The Hutchinson Correctional Facility is holding the huge meal as a fundraiser for its Spiritual Life Center, selling slices to inmates, KWCH-TV, Wichita, reported. About 800 of the 2,000 prisoners ordered pizza or wings.

Hutchinson's Pizza Huts are used to orders up to 500 for Super Bowl Sunday but had to bring in corporate managers from Colorado for this one.

"It's definitely a record," said manager Jen Osner.

"They could have gone somewhere else but they are putting that money back into the community. That's awesome," she added

Corrections Officer died while setting an example

February 4, 2011

CRESTVIEW, FLORIDA — Col. Greg Malloy, the State Corrections Officer killed Wednesday in Holmes County, died the way he lived: by setting an example for others.

“I think it probably speaks to Greg’s character that he was out there that day, trying to help, leading by example,” said Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson, who went to Walton High School with Malloy.

Malloy died at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center after he was shot during a search for a man suspected of killing his parents. The senior officer at the Holmes Correctional Institution was with a police dog when he was shot.

Malloy, who was 44, leaves behind a wife, Donna Sue, his 12-year-old daughter, Peyton, and other grieving family members, friends and co-workers. He and his wife attended school in Walton County.

Rebecca Price, who worked under Malloy for nearly eight years at Okaloosa Correctional Institution near Crestview, said Malloy’s death has not come easy to the close-knit group of corrections workers.

“With Greg, you didn’t work with him — he was a friend to everybody,” Price said as tears streamed down her cheeks. “When I got the call that he didn’t make it … time stood still.”

Those who knew Malloy said he always was eager to help, crack a joke and join anyone on a hunting trip. His family had a proud tradition of corrections work; his wife’s father was a warden.

Malloy worked in the state corrections system for 23 years, most of them at Okaloosa Correctional Institution. The prison’s flags flew at half-mast under a gray sky Thursday in his honor.

Sgt. Gene Henderson, a co-worker and lifelong friend, struggled to speak.

“With Greg it wasn’t just a job. He made it worthwhile to come to work,” Henderson said as his eyes watered up. “He was a fine, fine, fine person. This is a great loss to his friends and a great loss to the department.

“Neither one will be the same. He meant that much.”

Donna is a first-grade teacher at Paxton School, where their daughter attends.

Toni Norman, administrative assistant to Walton County Superintendent of Schools Carlene Anderson, said she talked with Donna on Thursday morning. She reached out to the family in her professional capacity and as a woman who lost her own husband 25 years ago.

“They’re surrounding her with love,” Norman said of Donna Malloy’s neighbors. “They’re trying to love her through it.”

She said Anderson, who was out of town Thursday, will support the family any way she can.

Malloy’s wife and daughter attend Darlington Baptist Church. Pastor Terry Smith said the funeral service will likely be held there but has not been scheduled

“Really at this point, we don’t know,” he said. “They’re telling us it’s going to be a few days before the body is re-leased.

“It’s just a tragedy,” he added. “It’s hard to understand. We hate that it happened.”

Lisa Brooks, who worked with Malloy for four years at Okaloosa Correctional Institution, said she can’t believe her former supervisor is gone, but knows he died doing what he loved.

“He was married to the prison life,” Brooks said, crying. “He loved what he was doing yesterday when he died. God gained a great man yesterday. It wasn’t fair, but he did take a great man home.”

Calif. Law Calls For Stricter Prison Cell Phone Rules



Al Bermudez Pereira 

Ruins of a Society and the Honorable, by Author Al Bermudez Pereira. It’s an autobiography and a story based on real life circumstances as he lived it and remember it to the best of his knowledge and recollection. According to the book, names have been changed to protect sources from reprisals and legalities. Real names contained in this book were either approved by the individuals personally; were part of a publication made available to the public and encrypted in citations or were spoken of by Bermudez in honorability; while others are based on personal opinions.

This book contains incidents which took place in one day and a half while at a prison where he worked and outside the prisons environment. It then sidetracks to speak of other stories, voice opinions and reflects on his life as a young Latino growing up in Brooklyn and abroad. This book honors many who crossed paths with him during his lifetime, who inspired him and whose recognition is well deserved. Honorableness can be described in many different definitions and involve many different circumstances that led him to honor who he felt deserves to be honored. Although 75 percent of the book is based on prison experiences, other parts of this book relates to the many life encounters we’ve all experienced in our own lives.
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Joe Manuel Sanchez Picon

True Blue - A Tale of the Enemy Within, by Author Joe Manuel Sanchez Picon and Mo Dhania.  Joe has been trying to tell this story for some time. It's his story, but not his alone. It's also the story of those who lived and died alongside him, in Viet Nam and in that other battle, for justice and safety under the shield of the law, that is fought daily in the streets of every big city by every honest cop. In his case, the city was the Naked City and the cop was a Latino. And the battle was neither for the civilians alone, not just against the bad guys in the street. Sometimes the bad guys were in the Department. And sometimes the people who needed protection were the honest cops.

Joe Sánchez (born: January 16, 1947), is a highly decorated former New York City police officer and author whose books give an insight as to the corruption within the department. Upon exposing the illegal acts committed by some high ranking officers, he was betrayed by the Internal Affairs Division and arrested on the false allegations of committing various crimes in a case which was highly publized by the news media. He was found guilty for the assault charge, a conviction which was overturned. His case exposed the existence of a code of silence among police officers known as the "Blue Wall of Silence".                                        
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I received the following e-mail message from Al Bermudez Pereira who is an Author of Ruins of a Society and the Honorable & Sing Sing Prison:  One Day, One Lifetime.  I certainly appreciated this message and I want to share it with all my viewers.  The links to his books are listed below this message.  Thanks Al!

February 8, 2011

Sergeant Kevin Sandvig:
Great website. I retired from NYS Dept. of Correction, Sing-Sing State Prison to be exact, and I'm now living in Florida. I don't if you have a website radio station of not and if you do, if you may be looking for radio interviews concerning correction officers and their experiences? I wanted to fill you in on a story and this is just one of many made for movies true stories written in my book, “Ruins of a Society and the Honorable.” Can you please read this one true story below? Former NYC police officer Joe Sanchez really deserves a break, someone to consider his life story and I sincerely thank you.


After serving in Vietnam and receiving the Purple Heart, Joe Sanchez in 1971, successfully applied for and became a New York Port Authority police officer and although his career went far beyond his expectations, his heart was set in becoming a New York City police officer. Joe Sanchez was a man of action and NYC streets never lacked the abundance of what Joe was interested in, ‘extinguishing criminality.’ Unfortunately for Joe, he had a strike going against him; he was one quarter inch under the height requirement of five feet seven inches. But Joe was far from being discouraged. He continued his efforts in trying to enter the NYC police department and after several years of constant battling, Joe won the war, becoming a NYC police officer in 1973. Joe's career included countless of arrest with successful indictments and convictions. In one of seven gun battles on the streets of New York City during the 1970’s and 80’s, Joe's then partner Susanne Medicis, was the first NYC policewoman ever to receive the Combat Cross and later inducted into the New York City Police Museum. He was relentless in his dedication, serving and protecting the citizens of New York State was his passion. Regardless of whether he was wearing a uniform on duty or wearing civilian clothing off duty, if Joe witnessed a violation of law he would make the collar, (arrest). But this dedication came with a price and many enemies were made, not only between criminals, but within the department as well. Joe was an extremely outspoken person and a cop who with countless of arrest was racking up hours of overtime. Not an advisable thing to do during the 1970s and early 1980s.  This was catching the attention of the brass, (supervisors) enemies within the department and the stage was set to take down a good cop; a cop labeled as,


 “A Super Cop in 1987, by New York Daily News staff writer, John Marzulli.”


While on his official capacity inside a patrol car, Joe and his partner Herman Velez, observed a suspicious individual sporting a white cowboy hat enter a building complex known for drug activity. In hot pursuit, both officers followed the suspicious male up a set of stairs to an apartment where the suspect knocked on the door requesting drugs. They then observed a male tenant open the door while brandishing a firearm. Both officers gave the order to drop the gun and immediately rushed the door in an attempt to subdue the suspect with the gun and the drug buyer. The suspect with the gun resisted while trying to shut the door and screaming to others inside, “La policia, la policia!” (The police, the police) Officers Joe and Herman again gave the command to drop the gun and the suspect finally complied dropping the weapon on the floor. The suspect was then immediately subdued by Herman who also retrieved the weapon while Joe Sanchez held the suspect at gunpoint and transmitted a 10-13, (Code to assist) via radio to central command. All procedures were followed in accordance with departmental rules and the arrest of all involved was made. Confiscation and preservation of all evidence in relations to the incident were also followed and no lives were lost or injured. Without a doubt a successful and courageous arrest, or was it? What should have resulted in the commendations of both arresting officers, instead turned into an indictment and miscarriage of justice for one decorated cop. All the criminals involved somehow got together with the powers that be, in this case the departmental brass, and formulated an erroneous scheme to take down officer, Joe Sanchez. Like in the movie Serpico, played by actor Al Pacino, the story of an honest cop Frank Serpico, who was face with the dilemma of working within a corrupted police department, Joe was also an honest cop who despised the act of criminality, but foremost despised corruption. Before his indictment, Joe was introduced to a lieutenant during a coworker's softball game. Fully aware of the lieutenants corrupted reputation, Joe wanted nothing to do with his companionship and strictly kept his distance and conversation to a minimal, the lieutenant knew this. The lieutenant had a reputation for bagging money from local businesses, drug dealers and taking nude photos of underage children from the Dominican Republic.


His next encounter with this Lieutenant took place at a police stationhouse. Although Joe walked in to the station on time, he was distracted by a fellow officer who required his presences on an official capacity, thus causing Joe to miss roll call. Joe was later confronted by the lieutenant and was verbally threaten with a write up. (Disciplinary action) 


Being the outspoken person that he was, Joe didn't take to the threat lightly and informed the Lieutenant he would not only expose his corrupted activities, but would expose his possession of child pornography. The lieutenant now concerned with Joe's statement, approached his superior, a captain who also a bagman. The captain then approached Joe and threatened him with insubordination and disciplinary action. Joe knew then the stage was set and followed through with exposing the lieutenant's corrupted activities and child pornography. But just as the house of cards was about to collapse for the lieutenant, Joe was informed that his previous arrest at the building complex concerning the drug dealers was unjustifiable. He was then indicted, arrested and charged with numerous counts of grand larceny, burglary and assault. His partner Herman Velez was not mentioned in any indictment. Thomas Duffy, the then appointed Special State prosecutor and his assistant ADA Joe Hester, offered and insisted Joe cop a plea, but Joe wasn't having it. A new special state Prosecutor, Charlie Joe Hynes, would later exonerate Joe of all charges. While criminals are given the right through the United States Constitution, Amendment, VI, to be confronted with witnesses against them and a trial by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime have been committed; Joe was not allowed that rightful opportunity. Nor was he allowed in submitting his testimony to any grand jury, simply because it was a sealed secret indictment. Tooth and nail, Joe who was no stranger to battle. He fought and successfully had all of his charges eventually dropped. It was quite obvious to the Appellate Court there was more to this injustice then the NYC police department and the special prosecutor's office was willing to admit. An official document handed down by the Appellate Court clearly said it best.


“The actions of then special state prosecutor, (In this case Thomas Duffy) in prosecuting a jurisdictionally defective criminal proceeding, especially where that special prosecutor had full knowledge that petitioner had transactional immunity, can only be described as, “outrageous,” and the petitioner, especially given his past exemplarity service with the department, should not have been made to suffer any prejudice in connection with his improper prosecutorial conduct and certainly not automatic termination from civil service position without a hearing,” (Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Court Division 2nd Judicial District.)


In a recent NY Daily News article, dated July 16, 2008, written by John Marzulli and titled. “Fired NYPD cop writes gritty book to set record straight.”


Joe Sanchez story was told. More than two decades after he was terminated from the police department, the highly decorated supercop who terrorized bad guys in Washington Heights still loves the job despite everything. Everything includes getting double-crossed by the Internal Affairs Division, which wired him up to catch a crooked lieutenant and captain; then his arrest on the allegations of a drug dealer; a conviction for assault that was overturned and an unsuccessful bid for reinstatement. Joe eventually went as far as to Commissioner, Benjamin Ward in an attempt to regain his job. But the damage was done and the bridge was burned. Joe violated the most sacred trust of the NYC police department; he broke the ‘Blue Wall Code of Silence.’


He did not only turn over another cop, he turned over a Police Lieutenant and Benjamin Ward wasn't having it, reinstatement was denied. Joe was not deterred; he later applied for and became a United States Postal worker, where he worked for several years before applying for and becoming a New York State correction officer. During his career as a correction officer, Joe was assaulted on several occasions by inmates he arrested in NYC and in one incident an attempt was made on his life. He sustained numerous injuries during the course of his career. Joe later retired from New York State corrections and recently became an established published Author of, “Latin Blues” and “True Blue, A Tale of the Enemy Within.” The book, True Blue, A Tale of the Enemy Within, is a made for movie book that specifically and in graphic detail describes all he endured throughout his lifetime as a New York City police officer and as human being. Persistence and determination is an understatement in describing Mr. Joe Manuel Sanchez Picon. I'm not only proud to have met this gentleman during my lifetime, but also proud to know that he is a, “Positive and unique representation to all honest Latino officers around the globe.”


Joe's partner Herman Velez went on to retired as an aircraft pilot. He and another retired New York City police officer, Ernie Sierra are members of the famous 1950s, Doo Wop group, ‘The Eternals.’





Al Bermudez Pereira, LLC.


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For over a decade, The Expert Witness Radio Show has featured whistleblowers, ex-law enforcement professionals, former and current military personnel, covert agents, political leaders, authors, filmmakers and many, many more.

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We don't talk about it. That's what the veteran policeman from Brooklyns 92nd Precinct, a good and honest cop, told his rookie partner one day. We don t get mixed up in it not the graft, not the shakedowns, not the abuse, not the endless turf battles among higher-ups. We deal with these things however we can. But we don't talk about it. One day, a good cop dies And, talk about it or not, his comrades know they have to do something about it. A tale of what went on behind the New York s Blue Wall in the roaring 70 s... Let the f**ks kill each other. That was the credo of Captain Maximilian Leopold, of Brooklyns 92nd precinct. But even Joe Picon, the rookie cop, knew the f**ks didn t always kill other f**cks. When the f**ks began to converge the Jimenez Gang, the Brass Knuckle Rapist, Skinhead Ramos, turf-hungry bureaucrats, bean-counting number crunchers, and the lust-crazed Captain himself the victim who died wasn't a f**k at all. He was a good cop from another precinct, and he had been blind sided by another credo even good cops follow: We don't talk about it.

                        Joe Sanchez

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Trying to Take the Cell Phone Out of Prison Cells

"When Charles Manson has a cell phone in a California State Prison, we know we have a problem."

By Patrick Healy
NBC San Diego
February 10, 2011

As fast as authorities are finding contraband cell phones in California prison cells, they're being replaced by newly smuggled phones.
Last year, prison officials seized 10,760 cell phones.  The upward trend continued in January with another  1,196, according to Paul Verke of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The concern is that inmates can use the phones to set up other crimes, including murders, and possibly prison escapes.  Two phones have been found in the possession of Charles Manson, the infamous murder cult leader whose notorious crimes involved directing others to do his killing.
"When Charles Manson has a cell phone in a California state prison, we know we have a problem," said State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Van Nuys).

What makes this all the more disturbing is the revelation that in some cases, the smugglers have been identified as prison employees.  After hearings by the state senate's public safety committee, analysts concluded: "All indications are that the primary source of cell phones being smuggled into prisons is prison staff."
Temptation stems from the value inmates places on cell phones--as much as $1,000 apiece, or more.  "During one year, a correctional officer received approximately $150,000 for smuggling approximately 150 phones to inmates," according to a 2009 report by California's Inspector General.   "The correctional officer was terminated, but there were no legal repercussions for his actions."
Despite the fact that it's forbidden for inmates to possess cell phones,  smuggling cell phones to state prison inmates has yet to be made a crime in California, despite repeated efforts by State Sen. Padilla. Ranking members of  the Assembly Public Safety Committee oppose designating any more felonies in California until the stare resolves its prisons' overcrowding problem.  As it was, the legislature rejected criminalizing prison cell phone smuggling as a felony, though it did go for classifying it as a misdemeanor, a lesser crim.  But then-Governor Arnold Schwarenegger vetoed that as not strong enough.
With Schwarzenegger succeeded by Jerry Brown, Sen. Padilla has reintroduced the misdemeanor language as part of a two-bill effort (SB25 and SB26).  "I believe criminalizing both the possession of cell phones for inmates and the smuggling of cell phones in for those who wish to try that would be a significant deterrent,  Padilla told NBCLA by phone from Washington.  Padilla said the base fine of $5,000 would be raised considerably by court fees and assessments.  He expressed  optimism it would finally become law.
Abandoned for now is an earlier proposal for prison employees to go through metal detectors, as do prison visitors.  The union for the largest portion of prison employees, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, has pointed out that, under its contract, prison employees are entitled to compensation for time spent going through security.  It's projected that would annually cost California millions of dollars it does not have.
But there may be another way -- a technological solution that promises a magic silver bullet to disable any cell phones from being smuggled into prison, in effect making it unnecessary to stop the smuggling.  It's called "managed access,"  a way of controlling a cellular network so that in a specific area, such as a prison, only calls from approved phones are allowed to go through.  Managed access is more precise than simply jamming cell signals, which the Federal Communications Commission is reluctant to approve.
The first stateside prison test of managed access came last September at Mississippi's Parchman Prison.  Officials reported it blocked 216,000 calls the first month alone.
The Parchman inmates presumably still have their cell phones.  But now they're useless.
California is planning its own test of managed access in the next two months at two prisons yet to be publicly identified.  It's expected that if the test goes as well as it did in MIssissippi, California will seek to expand it to other prisons. 
Managed access will take money.  But the vendors of prison wired phone systems have incentive to help cover at least part of the cost.  Their revenue has been dropping as more inmates instead use contraband cell phones to make their calls. 

I joined the NYPD in 1969 after serving two years in the US Army during the Viet-Nam War. I was assigned to the NYPD Emergency Service Unit in 1974 through 1984. Our mission was Heavy Rescue and Special Weapons and Tactics. As a member of the original Anti-Terrorist Team formed by the NYPD (A-Team). I was the first NYPD Officer to repel out of a helicopter. In addition ESU performed Hostage Recovery, Explosive Identification, and Removal..Al Sheppard

“Sheppard served in the NYPD during the ‘urban warfare’ years and received his ‘Baptism of Fire’ at the ‘Williamsburg Siege.’ He was a decorated hero of the NYPD and member of the elite Emergency Service Unit (ESU). In his book E-Man, Al takes the reader on a non-stop roller coaster ride of emotions as he reveals life on the streets through the eyes of a combatant during the turbulent times and the work of the Emergency Service Unit—the same unit that the police call when they need help.”
—Detective Lt. Vern Gelbreth, NYPD, Homicide Commander

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Edward D. Reuss retired from the New York City Police Department after 29 years of service. Appointed to the NYPD as a Patrolman in l963, he served in the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant , and Captain of Police. He takes pride in the fact that during his entire police career; he served in patrol precincts. He began his police career in Manhattan’s 4th Precinct.  He transferred to Staten Island’s 123rd Precinct until his promotion to the rank of Sergeant in 1973 and was assigned to the 120th and 123rd Precincts. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1981 and assigned to the 9th Precinct in Manhattan. He again served in the 120th Precinct until his promotion to the rank of Captain. His duties in the rank of Captain included the executive Captain, 120th Precinct.

In January 1999, Edward launched NY Cop Online Magazine. This online magazine features true accounts of the men and women of the NYPD.


Inmate admits to strangling Prison Guard (Officer Biendl - Washington State)

MONROE — A Washington state reformatory inmate confessed to killing Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl in the prison chapel, saying he was angry with the way she spoke to him minutes earlier, according to a search warrant affidavit made public Friday.

The affidavit said inmate Byron Scherf acknowledged the crime to detectives Wednesday in a videotaped interview.

The interview came after Scherf asked detectives for a chance to tell them what happened, the affidavit said. He acknowledged his right to remain silent, then confessed.

“I’ll just get right to the point. I’m responsible for the death of the correctional officer at the Monroe, uh, correctional facility,” he said, according to excerpts cited in the affidavit. “I strangled her to death on Jan. 29 at approximately 8:40 p.m. in the chapel.”

Scherf, 52, reportedly told detectives he was angry at Biendl over how she had spoken with him sometime between 8:15 and 8:25 while he worked in the prison chapel that evening. The content of the remarks Scherf claimed she made was not detailed in the affidavit.

“I became very angry ... and the more that ran through my mind the madder I got,” Scherf was quoted as saying. “I got to the point where I knew I was going to kill her.”

Scherf’s public defender did not immediately return a call or e-mail seeking comment Friday.

The affidavit was written in support of a search warrant to look for blood, skin, sweat or other trace evidence that could corroborate his account.

The warrant is one of several made public in the last few days. One released Thursday said Scherf had asked others who attended the chapel to pray for him two days before the killing because he was struggling with temptation.

Scherf is a three-strikes offender serving a life sentence for rape convictions. He volunteered at the chapel where he worked as a janitor and clerk. He’s jailed in Everett for the homicide investigation.

The search warrants make clear that detectives are preparing for a possible death penalty case.

Scherf has been serving life in prison without possibility of release since 1997 after he was convicted of three attacks on women.

The search warrants show investigators have been spending considerable time with Scherf since the killing. For example, they obtained a judge’s permission to carefully photograph Scherf’s nude body under special lights that make it easier to spot injuries, including hidden bruises.

Former Montana Prison Guard sentenced for smuggling cell phone to inmate

"I loved that inmate!!!  I gave up everything for him!"
                                                      Sergeant Sandvig

January 26, 2011
Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A former Montana State Prison guard has been given a 13-month suspended sentence after pleading no contest to smuggling a cell phone to an inmate.

Shannon Davis of Butte was sentenced for felony transfer of an illegal article to an inmate during a hearing Tuesday before District Judge Ray Dayton in Deer Lodge. She was also fined $1,500.

Powell County prosecutors allege Davies smuggled a cell phone into the prison in September 2008 and left it in a garbage can where it was retrieved by an inmate. Davies resigned in October 2008.

In November 2008, Warden Mike Mahoney told The Associated Press that Davies had acknowledged having a romantic, although nonsexual relationship with inmate Michael Murphy and that she failed to report that Murphy asked her to smuggle a cell phone into the prison.

Prison Guard charged with selling drugs

    Certainly not the sharpest tool in the shed!
                                Sergeant Sandvig 

Intelligencer Journal
Lancaster New Era
Feb 17, 2011

A Lancaster County Prison Guard has been charged with selling drugs.

Douglas John Brosey, 42, of 102 Timber Drive, Mountville, was arrested Sunday after allegedly selling 14 grams of cocaine to a Pennsylvania State Police confidential informant for $750, police said.

The exchange of drugs for the cash took place at 2:15 a.m. Sunday outside the Giant supermarket, 235 N. Reservoir St., according to police.

At the time of his arrest, Brosey was found to be in possession of an additional gram of cocaine.

Brosey was charged by State Police Trooper Noel Velez with possession and delivery of a controlled substance and arraigned Sunday before Magisterial District Justice Janice Jimenez. He was released on $20,000 bail.

According to deputy warden Donald Raiger, Brosey was "a corrections officer" at the prison since May 27, 2008.

As a result of the charges, Raiger said, Brosey "has been terminated" by the prison.


Seven Prison Guards arrested on charges of beating inmate

Seven Georgia prison guards were arrested Monday on charges of beating an inmate, inflicting injuries so severe that the prisoner was in the hospital for "an extended period of time," according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

GBI spokesman John Bankhead said the seven -- Christopher Hall, Ronald Lach, Derrick, Wimbush, Willie Redden, Darren Douglass Griffin, Kerry Bolden and Delton Rushin -- were arrested Monday morning when they reported to work at Macon State Prison. The facility is located in Oglethorpe, about 50 miles southwest of Macon.

All are charged with aggravated battery and violating their oaths of office.

At the request of Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was asked to investigate allegations of incidents at Macon State Prison and Smith State Prisons on January 5, 2011.

"I appreciate the GBI’s swift response in investigating these allegations and assisting with the Department’s non-negotiable mission of protecting the public," Owens said. "We have an obligation to protect the public and that includes staff and inmates."

The GBI investigation began amid reports that guards attacked inmates at two state institutions – Macon State Prison and Smith State Prison near Savannah. The alleged assaults came at the end of a six-day protest and work stoppage at nearly a dozen facilities.

According to a newly formed advocacy group -- the Concerned Coalition to Respect Prisoners' Rights -- inmates Terrance Dean and Miguel Jackson were "brutally beaten by guards" because they joined the protest. It was not clear which inmate was hospitalized but Dean is at the Augusta State Medical Prison, according to the Department of Corrections website.

Both men are serving 20-year sentences. Dean, born in 1981, was convicted in Bibb County for armed robberies in 2003 and 2004. Jackson, born in 1975, is at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison near Jackson for several convictions, including armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Bankhead said  the  investigation was continuing.

“It’s not closed. We’re still investigating,” Bankhead said.

He did not know if more arrests were expected.

Inmates at 11 prisons began refusing to report to work details in early December. Four prisons responded with lock downs, which meant inmates could not make calls from the phones in the cell blocks, nor could they receive mail.

Inmates said they started planning the strike in September after the prison system banned tobacco. Over the following months their list of grievances grew to include no pay for their prison work jobs and the quality of food and medical care.

The protest started Dec. 9 and ended Dec. 15. The alleged attack was on Dec. 10.

Relatives and advocates said officers retaliated throughout the protest with violence against prisoners who participated.

Another Prisoner Found With Contraband

Northampton County Prisoner Found In Possession Of Drugs

Prison Guard Indicted In Post Office Shooting

Indictment: Man Killed 2 During Robbery With Son

February 24, 2011

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Tennessee prison guard has been indicted in the fatal shooting of two post office workers during a robbery last year with his teenage son.

Chastain Montgomery Sr. faces two counts of unlawfully killing an employee of the United States for the murders of Judy Spray and Paula Robinson last October inside the post office in the small West Tennessee town of Henning.

The indictment says Montgomery committed the murders during a robbery of the post office along with his son, Chastain Montgomery Jr.

The 18-year-old Montgomery Jr. was killed in a shootout with police on Feb. 14 after a police chase and his father was arrested and is in jail on charges related to the shootout.

The sheriff's office in Tipton County, just north of Memphis, said Montgomery Jr. got out of a stolen pickup armed with two handguns and fired at officers several times before a deputy from Haywood County, where the chase had begun, shot him dead.

Chastain Montgomery Sr. was arrested when he went to the scene of the shootout and tried to get in the stolen pickup truck his son had been driving. He ran through the crime scene tape, ignoring the shouted warnings of officers and headed straight for the stolen truck, which was still running.

Montgomery Sr., a state prison guard, was carrying dye-stained cash, and his home in the Nashville suburb of La Vergne was searched that evening for guns, money from recent bank robberies, stolen property and dark clothing, according to warrants in the case.

Montgomery Sr. was jailed on charges of evidence tampering, being an accessory, theft between $1,000 and $10,000 and resisting arrest.

The Henning post office shootings shook the town of 1,200 people about 45 miles northeast of Memphis, and residents have been hoping for an arrest. Authorities have been quiet throughout the investigation, refusing to disclose details of the shootings, a possible motive, or even how many people they thought committed the crime.

Dozens of investigators of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have been searching for the killer or killers. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service had offered a reward of $50,000 for information that led to a conviction.


Female Corrections Officer manages inmates with only handcuffs, radio

February 24, 2011
KING 5 News/

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Correctional Officer Wilma Linn patrols the kitchen at the all-male Stafford Creek Corrections Center.

During mealtime she's surrounded by 100 inmates, with only handcuffs and a radio. At times, she's the only officer in the kitchen.

She knows the offenders work near heavy and sharp equipment, yet she's never afraid when she comes to work.

"I just don't go around thinking about that constantly," said Linn. "I wouldn't be able to do my job if I did."

Female officers make up 15 percent of the state's correctional officers.

Linn said despite the death of Officer Jayme Biendl, allegedly at the hands of an inmate, she thinks it is safe for female officers to work in male prisons. She believes male inmates are less likely to get physical with a female officer.

"Men have got that machismo, fighting thing," said Linn, "We're not that way."

Linn said during her nine years working inside prisons, she's found that if she treats offenders with respect, they're more likely to respect her.

Former prison worker took bribes

He received $17,200 for contraband tobacco, records say.

February 27, 2011

DENVER — A former employee of a Florence prison pleaded guilty last week to accepting bribes that authorities said totaled $17,200 to provide contraband tobacco to inmates.

   Matthew S. Amos, whose title was recreation specialist, worked at the medium-security Federal Correctional Institution.

An inmate involved in the scheme snitched on Amos, according to a U.S. District Court filing that Amos and a prosecutor jointly signed.

   Agents of the Department of Justice's Office of Inspector General began an investigation of Amos, 39, in 2008. That office investigates alleged crimes of federal prison employees. A grand jury indicted Amos last year.

   The court filing states that the value of a bag of loose tobacco, after being divided up and sold illicitly to inmates, is $1,000.

   The inmate informant asserted that in 2007 Amos sneaked in 10 bags of loose tobacco, which inmates sold among themselves. Tobacco brought into federal prisons is deemed contraband because it is a prohibited item.

   The inmate said he, another prisoner and Amos divided among themselves the proceeds for each bag, documents said.

   Amos, during interrogation last year, recalled bringing tobacco into the prison four times, according to the filing. It stated, "The investigation determined defendant accepted approximately $17,200 in bribe money" during six or seven months.

   Results of the probe were presented to Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda McMahan for prosecution.

   Amos is to be sentenced May 6.

Ex-Guard admits to child porn charges

William D. Warman Jr. fired from his job as SCI-Dallas Corrections Officer in August.

March 2, 2011
Terrie Morgan-Besecker
Law & Order Reporter

SCRANTON, PA. – A former State  Prison Guard has agreed to plead guilty to possession and distribution of child pornography under a deal that calls for him to serve nine years in prison.

William D. Warman Jr., 42, of Vaughn Street, Luzerne, signed a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Monday.

Warman, who worked as a guard at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, was initially charged in May 2010 by Luzerne County authorities after an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The case was later taken over by federal authorities, who obtained an indictment against Warman in August.

The Internet task force first became aware of Warman in April, when Lackawanna County Detective Justin Leri accessed child pornography files on Warman’s computer through a file sharing network program.

Police searched Warman’s residence and discovered hundreds of images of child pornography, including videos of children who were filmed inside Warman’s home.

Warman was fired as guard in August, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Though the plea agreement calls for a nine-year prison sentence, U.S. District Judge Edwin Kosik, who is presiding over the case, is not required to accept the terms of the deal. Should Kosik reject the sentence, Warman or prosecutors could seek to withdraw the plea.

Bill closes loophole on rather gross New York State law protecting Corrections Officers

March 8, 2011
Brian Dwyer
Your News Now (YNN)

As you might imagine, the job of a corrections officer isn't always the easiest. And while the dangers can be pretty obvious, there are other things you may not hear about that would literally make your stomach turn. Our Brian Dwyer takes a look at one rather disgusting issue corrections officers face and what lawmakers are doing to fight it.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- For most, getting thrown in a jail cell, well, it can make you pretty mad.

And an angry inmate can cause any number of problems. Some violent, some verbal and like a recent case down in the Hudson Valley, some just plain gross. An inmate there throwing toilet water at a corrections officer.

Believe it or not, inmates throwing bodily waste happens at most all jails and prisons. And because often an inmate's medical records are unknown, it's putting the health of a corrections officer in jeopardy.

"It's dangerous. It's nasty. It's foul. It's disease born," NYS President of Corrections Lieutenants Local 2951 said.

"Once that happens we immediately send them over to the hospital and have them start being treated for a variety of things," Jefferson County Sheriff John Burns added.

In New York State, it is already a felony to throw or toss blood, feces, urine and seminal fluid at an officer. But the Hudson Valley case exposed a gigantic loophole. Toilet water, which could contain waste.

So this week, the Senate passed a bill to add that to the list. It's now on its way to the Assembly.

"They got to work every day and put their lives on the line to do the right thing. It's important we do what we need to protect them," said State Senator Patty Ritchie, who has five facilities in her North Country district.

"The law dropped the numbers initially," LaDue said about the original bill. "This enhanced bill that was just passed closes that loophole and adds more protection to the staff that are in there facing that."

Patty Ritchie's father is a retired corrections officer. She says closing this loophole is another step to helping the men and women just like him stay safe.

Jefferson County's Sheriff says when this loophole is closed, each and every person in his jail who violates it, will be charged.

"There's a joke out there, 'I go home today knowing I saved that child molester from that serial killer.' And that pretty much describes the job satisfaction we get."      
A Pelican Bay Corrections Officer

Lancaster Prison Guard gets kidney from fellow Officer after chance meeting

              AN ACT OF COMPASSION

March 12, 2011 

A State Prison Guard who donated a kidney is expected to visit the recipient – a fellow Corrections Officer – at a Westwood hospital this weekend.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Officer Luis Hernandez will check in on Lancaster resident Gaston Benjamin at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, said Roxanne Yamaguchi, director of the UCLA Health Sciences Media Relations. 

Yamaguchi said Benjamin was scheduled to be released Saturday from the hospital. 

Benjamin is a single father of four children. He found out that a genetic condition was causing his kidneys to fail last February, she said. 

"His diagnosis was all the more surprising, in that he did not exhibit any symptoms – a message he wants to get out," Yamaguchi said. 

Ken Lewis, a Corrections Department community resource manager, sent out an e-mail to about 40,000 fellow officers asking for a matching kidney donor

after a chance meeting with Benjamin at a local WalMart. 

Nearly 20 guards stepped forward to offer to donate a kidney to Benjamin. 

In January, tests showed Hernandez and Benjamin were a perfect match, Yamaguchi said. 

The transplant went well and the kidney immediately began to function at the conclusion of the operation. 

"We are thrilled that this donor operation was a success and that Officer Benjamin's life was saved,'' said Brenda Cash, the warden of the state prison at Lancaster, in a statement. "Officer Hernandez' act of human kindness is a great reflection upon his character and demonstrates that there are people willing to make extraordinary sacrifices for one another."

Hernandez, a resident of Brawley in Imperial County, works at the state prison in Calipatria. He has donated hours coaching sports teams in Brawley and for the last few years has dressed up as a mascot named "Tuff Teddy" at events for poor children like "Shop with a Cop."

"I am extremely proud of Luis Hernandez for his exceptional act in donating the gift of life to Gaston Benjamin," said the Calipatria prison's warden, Leland McEwen.

  • Corrections work is isolating. Isolating from the public, from family, at times even from co-workers.
  • It's lonely.
  • It's boring, execpt for the moments of unexpected terror.
  • Shiftwork is not normal. It disrupts the body.
  • Shiftwork disrupts the home. It effects the entire family.
  • What and who we work with can change us. We can bring that change home. After seeing so much that is bad in people, can we still see the good?
  • Corrections work IS stressfull
  • It effects all aspects of our lives.
  • But we so often deny emotional realities.
  • Admitting to a problem and seeking help for that problem is viewed as weakness. We often suffer needlessly in silence. We take our family with us.

Mark Smith

Alleged Breach in Security at Bedford County Prison; Lieutenant Suspended

March 16, 2011
Angie Koehle

BEDFORD, BEDFORD COUNTY -- What's being called a major security breach at the Bedford County Prison is under investigation.  Prison board members released details surrounding the incident that allegedly happened.

Two women allegedly gained access to the prison and one carried a purse inside that was never searched.  Plus, they may have been deceptive about who they are.  Commissioner and prison board member, Steve Howsare, said there was an inmate on suicide watch who was not to receive any visitors except his attorney.  Two women came to see him, one said she was his attorney and the other claimed she was the attorney's assistant.  Howsare said it turned out, the assistant was really the man's mother.

"They went through the main checkpoint where you're supposed to remove personal effects like cell phones and purses from the person.  Then I believe they were taken to the law library," Howsare said.

A guard recognized the one woman as the prisoner's mother and reported the incident.  Prison board member and county district attorney, Bill Higgins, said there was a serious breach of protocol.

"The security of the jail was jeopardized with a purse and we don't even know what was in that purse.  Fortunately she was removed before this became disastrous.  Who knows what could have happened," he said.

The lieutenant who was on duty is now suspended with pay pending the investigation by the labor attorney.   Howsare said the attorney will make a recommendation to the warden about the lieutenant's employment.  There is a regularly scheduled prison board meeting Thursday but Howsare said he doesn't expect the investigation will be complete by then.

Rev. Charles Thessing caught taking tobacco to death row

March 28, 2011
Amanda Terrebonne

VARNER, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas' prison system says guards found loose tobacco on a priest attempting to visit a death row inmate and that it has suspended the clergyman's visitation rights.

The Rev. Charles Thessing of Morrilton's Sacred Heart Catholic Church was detained briefly at the Varner Unit prison last Wednesday with a gallon-sized plastic bag half-filled with tobacco.

Prison spokeswoman Dina Tyler told The Lincoln American of Star City on Monday that the 49-year-old might permanently lose his right to visit inmates. She did not say whom Thessing was attempting to visit.

No charge was filed, but state police said an investigation continues. Sacred Heart said Thessing was not available, and Bishop Anthony Taylor of the Diocese of Little Rock was out of town until Thursday and could not be reached for comment.

South Dakota inmates accused of killing Guard for uniform

Two South Dakota inmates attacked a 63-year-old prison guard, wrapped his head in plastic shrink wrap and left him to die before using his uniform to sneak past security in an unsuccessful escape attempt, investigators said in court documents released Wednesday.

Eric Robert and Rodney Berget, both 48, are charged with first-degree and felony murder. Both were ordered to be held without bond and to have no contact with each other. Public defenders assigned to the men had no immediate comment on the case, though Robert's attorney said Robert still was deciding whether he wanted to represent himself.

Attorney General Marty Jackley said corrections officer Ronald Johnson was working alone Tuesday in a part of the Sioux Falls prison known as Pheasantland Industries, where inmates work on upholstery, signs, custom furniture and other projects.

"He was assaulted. His uniform was taken," Jackley said. Johnson's son said Tuesday was the guard's birthday.

Robert put on Johnson's brown pants, hat and lightweight jacket before approaching the prison's west gate with his head down, pushing a cart with two boxes wrapped in packing tape, according to an investigator's affidavit.

Berget was hidden inside one of the boxes.

Another corrections officer opened an inner gate and allowed Robert to wheel the cart into a holding area, but became suspicious when Robert didn't swipe his electronic ID card. Robert claimed he forgot his badge and said main control was out of temporary cards, according to the affidavit.

The officer then asked Cpl. Matthew Freeburg if he recognized the guard, and Freeburg said no. When the officer called for a supervisor, Robert started kicking and beating Freeburg and Berget jumped out of the box to join in, the affidavit said.

More officers arrived to find Berget still beating Freeburg, investigators said. Robert had climbed the outer gate, reaching the razor wire on top. Both inmates were apprehended before leaving the grounds and taken to a jail in Sioux Falls.

Jackley said Freeburg was taken to a hospital, but returned to work Wednesday.

Asked whether prison procedures would be reviewed, Jackley said: "As to policies and procedures, that would be up to the Department of Corrections, not the attorney general."

Corrections officials have declined comment on specifics of the incident other than issuing a news release Tuesday.

Berget has been in and out of South Dakota's prison system since the mid-1980s and is serving life sentences for attempted murder and kidnapping. He was convicted of escaping from the penitentiary in 1984. In 1987, he and five other inmates again broke out of the same facility on Memorial Day by cutting through bars in an auto shop. He was caught in mid-July of that year.

Robert, of Piedmont, is serving an 80-year sentence for a kidnapping conviction. In that case, an 18-year-old woman told police a man posing as a plainclothes police officer pulled over her car near Black Hawk, told her he needed to search it and then forced her into the trunk. She used her cell phone to call for help, and she was found unharmed.

Johnson, who worked at the penitentiary for more than 23 years, was a father of two and grandfather of six. He died on his birthday, said his son, Jesse Johnson.

"He loved to relax and play with his grandkids," Jesse Johnson told the Argus Leader. "He never had a bad thing to say about anybody."

Jesse Johnson said his father, known to friends and family as R.J., had lived through a riot at the penitentiary in 1993 and knew the danger of his job but never dwelled on it.

On May 5, 1993, 223 inmates took over the Sioux Falls prison yard, injuring two guards and doing millions of dollars in damage by setting fires and wrecking buildings. Inmates issued 17 demands in a statement read to media outlets, but they were returned to their cells the next day.

Officials determined the disturbance, which resulted in three indictments and convictions, was sparked by a few drunken inmates imbibing homemade hooch. Inmates said there were simmering racial tensions that came to a head.

In September of that year, then-Attorney General Mark Barnett released a report on the riot that called for tighter security, and the South Dakota Legislature approved $1.7 million to convert the prison's Jameson Annex from medium to maximum security so it could house high-risk inmates.

As of Wednesday morning, there were a total of 1,272 inmates at the penitentiary with a total of 286.5 employees budgeted for the current fiscal year, according to the Department of Corrections.

Before Tuesday, two corrections officers had been killed by inmates in the 130-year-history of the state penitentiary.

On March 6, 1936, Warden Eugene Reiley, 72, was shot and killed after being taken hostage during an escape. The brother of an inmate had smuggled in two guns inside, and officers got into a shootout with the suspects several miles from the prison.

On Sept. 6, 1951, Officer Edward Jaworski was killed with a baseball bat by an inmate serving a life sentence for murder.

"After Arrest...Before Trial...After Conviction...Until Release...we are there"