Prison workers arrested in smuggling probe in Sumter County

Even behind the walls of two high-security federal prisons in Sumter County, inmates can find the things they enjoyed on the outside -- cigarettes, cigars, cellular phones, drugs and even a knife. Full Story
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Frustrated

United States

#1 Jan 26, 2008
I'm a Corrections Officer here in Orlando and scum like this makes the rest of us look bad. It seems like Coleman Federal has been getting a lot of bad publicity the past couple of years. 99% of the people I work with, are hardworking, honest and dedicated to our jobs to keep criminals behind bars.
Pam Brayfield

United States

#2 Jan 26, 2008
My son is in prison there and they have been on lock-down status since November over all of this. The whole prison. They did not get visits for the holidays and were not even allowed to call home at Christmas.
This is a shame that these inmates are ALL being mass punished for the violations of a few. Then you want to talk about the prisoners being criminals and keep them behind bars, wait and see these guards with only get a slap on the wrist if that much.
The sad thing is, it is not just going on in Coleman, it is going on in every institution in America, both Federal and State, with the prisonrs being mass punished for the mistakes of the officials.
gotcha

Grand Island, FL

#3 Jan 26, 2008
If your son was not a criminal he wouldn't be there and would not have to worry about not being able to call home at Christmas. He probably is not there because of his innocence, even if it was white collar crime he committed.
Female Inmate at Coleman

United States

#4 Jan 26, 2008
What amazes me is that they have only indicted 9 officers. And only one for having sex with a female inmate. I was incarcerated @Coleman during that period of time.
They should have looked further into sexual harrassment against female inmates. I know first hand. Many complaints were made by myself and other inmates about 1 particular officer. He had other complaints in the past from other female inmates. He is and was a predator. We were the ones that suffered and he received a slap on the wrist and suspended for 3 weeks with pay. I'm surprised him and others like him weren't indicted.
Diamond

United States

#5 Jan 28, 2008
Well what are you waiting for if he violated you then pursue your rights. Seek justice and stand up for what happen to you. Pain is pain and it all hurts the same way but under different circumstances.
cricket

Sherman Oaks, CA

#6 Jan 28, 2008
Its a shame that staff are still being sucked in by the inmates. This behavior is unacceptable and perhaps the government might want to make the job more appealing by increasing wages and making this a safer environment to work in.
Female Inmate at Coleman

West Palm Beach, FL

#7 Jan 28, 2008
After being incarcerated and trying to start a new life, I prefer to put the past behind me. My family has suffered enough and the families of the other girls involved. They did nothing to protect us in there when we asked for help and tried to fight for our rights. I don't have the strength to fight anymore. I have a child that I need to focus all my time on. It's just a sad situation. He has to live with himself knowing what he did.
Phil

Redmond, WA

#8 Jan 28, 2008
The same exact type of DOJ investigation is going on at a Federal prison in Pennsylvania at this time.
Damn

Littleton, CO

#9 Jan 28, 2008
If they are in deed guilty, then trow the book at them. I know one of the guys and I am just in shock. I have been in the Fed System for 18 years and see this more and more. I am not making excuses, but The agency needs to look at this and try to find out why more and more staff, are resorting to these kinds of behaviour. I really believe it's all about making more money. The staff have been used to making all sorts of overtime money and then the overtime is cut off and they can not maintain the same standard of living.
Joe

Redmond, WA

#10 Jan 28, 2008
I'm really suprised that the Federal Bureau of Prisons went public with this because in the past they always went to great lengths to cover these kind of cases up and would never issues any kind of public statements. I hope the Dept. of Justice keeps investigating these cases and makes the findings public. Exposing these people and holding them accountable for their actions is the only way to combat this problem. I hope this will be the case in the Pennsylvania investigation when it is completed.
Sam

Redmond, WA

#11 Jan 29, 2008
You cannot throw money at the problem;if a person is not honest and trustworthy,raising his or her salary will not buy either trust or honesty. The Bureau of Prisons over the past ten years has been plagued nationwide with dirty staff, union officals embezzling union funds,sick leave abuse and incompetent managers and for the most part it has been igorned or covered up. I hope what happen at Coleman will be a wake up call for the U.S. Justice Dept.
Diamond

Fredericksburg, VA

#12 Feb 4, 2008
the past will always be behind you, as far as sufering you and the other woman can get together on this one. this man should have been performing his job and not performing on you. he make all the other co's look real bad.you are nolonger an inmate and you will always be a human being.while this case is wide open go and press charges against him. once he is convicted of the first ones he will then be tried on yours and the others.and believe me you do have the strength. this is not only happening to you it is happening in every institution around the world,by choice and by force. he was placed in that position to serve and protect you all. if this is not what you want to pursue then go and seek some help to take the stress away.i feel your pain now let him feel the heat,pay for what he has done to you.
Diamond

Fredericksburg, VA

#13 Feb 4, 2008
It is not all of staff members that are involved with this type of greed.The staff is fully aware of their job performance.IT IS NOT TO GET PERSONALLY INVOLVED WITH THE INMATES.Donot blame the inmates because they would not have had any the items if it wasn't for the co. now as far as them needing or getting more money there are better ways wish is called legal.If you live beyond your means then work to keep up with your status in life.You cannot blame a criminal for a crime that he or she has no access to.IN other words the accused had no business meeting this obligation nor pursueing it. convicts are just what they are con-artist to any victim that wants in on the game.
Ralph

Redmond, WA

#14 Feb 5, 2008
There was a time years ago when BOP staff were role models for the inmates, now the inmates are role models for the staff
JO CO

United States

#15 Feb 6, 2008
I see this topic is quite contraversial for some familiar with the Federal Prison System. Those of you not familiar with the system should know a few things. The Federal Bureau of Prisons is responsible for confinement of offenders in a safe and humane environment. This seems to be forgotten by most people that are on the outside, and a few on the inside. The Courts put the "Offender" into the prison, trough some criminal act or acts perpetrated by the offender. The Corrections Staff did not put them into prison. The inmate once in prison fails to take responsibility for their past misdeeds, and continues to violate rules of the prison. Perhaps the prison system failure to hold the inmate responsible for their continued violations is a cause for the staff violating rules. This is no excuse for the staff violations, but it might explain why there seems to be more frequent cases. Bottom Line - the systems does not work as is was meant to when established many years ago. Changes need to be made.
Bill

Redmond, WA

#16 Feb 8, 2008
Yes, I agree changes must be made, the BOP has begun to search staff entering the prisons and this is helping cut down on banned items. But the BOP must also address the sick leave abuse, the abuse of offical time by union officals, bad managers and a history of cover ups.
sjj

Orlando, FL

#17 Feb 8, 2008
gotcha wrote:
If your son was not a criminal he wouldn't be there and would not have to worry about not being able to call home at Christmas. He probably is not there because of his innocence, even if it was white collar crime he committed.
Good one! I'm amazed this parent had the nerve to post that comment. On the flip side though: IF a person is serving time for possession or selling marijuana, I say it's a waste of taxpayer's money to hold them there. I don't indulge and haven't for many years but I feel that marijuana should be legalized.
However, IF someone commits a REAL crime, I have no empathy or sympathy for them. They shouldn't be allowed any privileges at all. They knew what the consequences were when they committed the crime. Some criminals shouldn't even be allowed to breathe air.
Ronda

Redmond, WA

#18 Feb 8, 2008
Inmates earned the right to be in jail. Staff are suppose to be truthworthy and honest and when they violate that trust then they also must be held accountable and in certain cases this means doing jail time. Across the board Justice for everyone.
Jake

Redmond, WA

#20 Feb 9, 2008
A prison guard in Texas was just given a year in jail for introduction of contrband into a prison
Reformationist

Lady Lake, FL

#21 Feb 12, 2008
Possessing or selling marijuana is A REAL CRIME!!! Maybe should be able to breathe air, it's their right, so is being treated with dignity and respect no matter their mistakes, character defects, or crimes, our jails do not treat people with human decency, people who treat dogs babdly get in more trouble!!!
sjj wrote:
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Good one! I'm amazed this parent had the nerve to post that comment. On the flip side though: IF a person is serving time for possession or selling marijuana, I say it's a waste of taxpayer's money to hold them there. I don't indulge and haven't for many years but I feel that marijuana should be legalized.
However, IF someone commits a REAL crime, I have no empathy or sympathy for them. They shouldn't be allowed any privileges at all. They knew what the consequences were when they committed the crime. Some criminals shouldn't even be allowed to breathe air.

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