Prison Officers Charged with Getting Inmates Phones

Columbia, SC (AP) - Two former officers at a maximum-security South Carolina prison have been charged with helping inmates get illegal cellphones behind bars.

Records obtained by The Associated Press show Jamar Brown and Taylor Johnson were arrested Tuesday and charged with misconduct in office.

Both men were officers at Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia. Authorities say they let inmates go outside the facility and retrieve packages that contained contraband materials including cellphones, tools and tobacco.

Corrections Department officials say it's incredibly dangerous for inmates to have access to cellphones in prison because they can have unfettered access with the outside world and continue their criminal activity.

Arrest papers listed no attorney for either man. Officials say they each resigned from the Corrections Department earlier this year.
 


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