Prosecute them for any crimes committed. Check some of the many articles on this website to learn how badly America’s prisons are out of control!
I remind you that because guards have so much control over inmates [can you say “total control”?!], sex between an inmate and a guard is never “consensual”!
Excerpts from the Article:
An internal investigation into what officials are calling “improper activities with inmates” resulted in the recent termination of six correctional officers at the Howard County jail.
It’s still unclear at this time whether Sgt. Jordan Carpenter, Cpl. Mychael Salinas, Sgt. Noah Pyke, Officer Jonathan Snow, Officer Trevon Johnson and Officer Tyler Swygert will face any criminal charges for their roles in those activities, but a Howard County Sheriff’s Office media release did say that two incidents have been handed over to the Howard County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
Of the six terminations, the release stated that two of them occurred on the same day the allegations were reported, while three of them occurred within three days of being reported.
The incidents in question all violated department policy and the Prison Rape Elimination Act – or PREA – jail officials noted.
According to Sheriff Jerry Asher, all staff members – including the six who were recently terminated — receive extensive training on Zero Tolerance PREA policy, including rules on trafficking or having relations with inmates, staff and inmate communication, ethics and professionalism and the consequences of violating any of those policies.
All staff are then required to sign a form saying they have taken the training and will obey its rules. On Dec. 1, 2019, the HCSO’s Criminal Investigations Section spoke with two female inmates, who told officials that Carpenter had made inappropriate comments to them while they were housed together, jail documents indicate.
Records state that Carpenter admitted to jail officials that he made those comments, and he was promptly terminated after that incident. Then last month, jail officials were also made aware of allegations from a female inmate into a sexual battery that occurred in two separate incidents involving Pyke and Salinas.
Pyke and Salinas were both immediately put on administrative leave due to those allegations and denied that any physical sexual contact with the inmate. However, jail officials did find that the two still disobeyed direct orders.
In Pyke’s case, he was fired for lying and being uncooperative in the investigation, while Salinas was discovered to have made inappropriate sexual comments to the inmate, actions that jail documents noted were “unbecoming of an officer.”
Johnson and Snow were fired that same week after detectives learned that Johnson had disclosed confidential information to Pyke in reference to the incident involving the female inmate, while Snow had contact with a known felon.
The final incident happened on Feb. 26, when jail officials were notified that Swygert had an inappropriate relationship with a convicted felon, a direct violation of department policy.
It’s unclear what, if any, criminal charges these officers might potentially face, and Asher did take a few moments in his media release to address those issues.
“I have a zero-tolerance policy for violations of this nature,” he said. “The actions of a few employees are not representative of the many men and women who work tirelessly and dedicate themselves to honoring the public’s trust as members of the Howard County Sheriff’s Office.”