Taboo prison romances can lead to cellphone smuggling
Jack Dolan (Los Angeles Times) | October 15, 2012
Taboo romances between prison employees and inmates is a common motive for smuggling cellphones behind bars, according to a report from the state’s prison watchdog agency.
The report showed that 20 California prison employees suspected of smuggling cellphones to inmates have resigned or were fired in recent months, the agency said.
Although most of the prison employees were thought to have taken cash for the phones, others seemed to do it for love, or something like it.
One inmate caught with a phone had text messages and nude photos sent by a female guard, the report says. Another inmate was caught with love letters and a childhood photo from a guard accused of providing him the phone.
And a female prison office worker was accused of smuggling a phone to an inmate who is suspected of fathering her child. When prosecutors reviewing the case for possible criminal charges requested a DNA sample from the clerk, she resigned instead, the report states.
Photo credit: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation