Three Prison Guards Arrested For Smuggling Pot, Other Contraband Into Prison

Three Prison Guards Arrested For Smuggling Weed, Other Contraband Into Prison

Three South Carolina prison guards were placed under arrest on Friday for smuggling drugs and other contraband into two different institutions. According to a statement, South Carolina Department of Corrections Police Services made the arrests after the suspects’ fellow officers discovered their smuggling attempts. Now ’s arrests are the latest in a series of enforcement activities against prison guards at multiple correctional facilities across South Carolina. And they highlight the ongoing problem of abuse by prison guards in a state which locks up one out of every 100 of its residents.

Prison Guards Smuggled Marijuana, Rolling Papers, Tobacco, Mobile Phones and Wire Cutters

The three officers arrested Friday in South Carolina all face charges for smuggling drugs and other contraband, like tobacco, rolling papers, cable cutters, and mobile phones, inside the prisons where they worked. Police arrested Yolanda Whitaker for smuggling 20 cellphones and other contraband into Kershaw Correction Institution. Kershaw is a medium security facility. Yvanda Maria Hardy faces charges for attempting to smuggle marijuana into McCormick Correctional Institution. And a second protector at McCormick, Carmen Bess Jenkins, tried to smuggle in 143 g , or about five ounces of flower–and some cologne, naturally, to hide the odor. McCormick is a Level 3 facility housing individuals serving sentences for violent crimes.

The same week, a guard at Evans C.I., William Shaquille Suggs, was arrested after trying to smuggle Oxycodone, MDMA and tobacco in his crotch area. Police subsequently found synthetic marijuana from the guard’s car.

Arrests Highlight Problem With Prison Guard Abuse in America’s Prisons and Jails

Defenders of the United State’s sprawling prison industrial complex say incarceration is necessary for reform, rehabilitation, and public security. But for more than 2.2 million people behind bars from the increasingly privatized network of 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 1,852 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,163 local jails, 80 Indian Country jails, and the vast numbers of military prisons, immigration detention centers, civil commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals, and prisons in U.S. lands, incarceration typically leaves them worse off– even more traumatized, more broken, more desperate, more violent–than when they began serving their sentences. And a major contributing factor to those deleterious outcomes is prison abuse.

Prison abuse takes many forms, from direct physical and sexual violence and intimidation by guards and other inmates to less direct forms of coercion, dehumanization, and neglect. For incarcerated people with mental illness, who accounts for between 15 and 20 percent of all inmates, and those with mental health problems, abuse behind bars is often much worse.

Guards who smuggle contraband into prisons will also be committing a kind of abuse. They endanger their fellow officers and other incarcerated people. But in police statements and the reporting on these incidences, it is nearly always the incarcerated person who is framed as the danger and the origin of the smuggling. In some cases, this may be true. But the fact remains that in prison, it is the guards who have absolute control over the lives of the inmates under their watch, not the other way around.

Released at Mon, 12 Nov 2018 12:00:30 +0000

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