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9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With Teen Inmates

Via LaShawn Barber, in Indianapolis, 9 former guards at a juvenile detention facility have been charged with having sex with female teenage detainees, ages 13 to 15 over six years. They "wooed the girls with love letters and gifts, including a teddy bear emblazoned with the words "I Love You."

Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said Monday that authorities know of six teenage detainees -- ages 13 to 15 -- who had sex with male employees at the facility between 2000 and 2005. The ex-employees -- eight guards and one control booth operator -- face counts of child molestation, sexual battery or sexual misconduct with a minor, among other charges.

"Basically, we had a situation where we have very vulnerable females -- females that are incarcerated, females that don't have any stable home life -- that were being groomed by these youth services managers for sex," Brizzi said.

La Shawn adds:

Those girls were children, for crying out loud! Where's the outrage? Watch the video. It gets worse. (Well, not really worse than rape, but you know what I mean.) More than one in four guards at the same facility have criminal convictions. That's 24 of 88.

Where I disagree with LaShawn:

Stunning. I can't prove it, but I attribute these and other atrocities to affirmative action hiring.

I would think it has more to do with the culture of prison guards in the juvenile environment. Abuse is happening in these facilities all over the country because so many of these kids are abandoned by their own parents and a system that has no idea how to deal with them. They have no one to speak for them. Juvenile prison guards are underpaid, and I suspect, inadequately trained and supervised.

Sit though a juvenile court day in your town sometime. They handle hundreds of cases, there are very few lawyers there, just the kids, many in oversized orange jumpsuits and their parents. In Denver, the law student interns often handle many of the bail hearings for the PD's office. When I taught them, they would recount the how sad it was when they could have gotten bail but the parents told them they wouldn't take the kid back because they couldn't handle him or her. I've had young clients who have begged to be transferred from juvenile facilities (boot camps) to adult prison because of the cruelty of the other kids. It's beyond sad that besides having to defend themselves against other juveniles, these kids are subjected to abuse by prison guards. We owe these kids so much more than that.

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  • Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#1)
    by Dadler on Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 01:43:34 PM EST
    I think the only place in America more depressing than prison is juvenile detention. They are remarkable similar, at least around here. Kids, adults, just lock 'em up and forget about it. Wretched.

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#3)
    by jondee on Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 01:57:10 PM EST
    If you guys could do something about that no doubt you would.

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#4)
    by tps12 on Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 02:04:40 PM EST
    See, this is why prison guards should have to be at least 18.

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#5)
    by jondee on Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 02:13:55 PM EST
    "I cant prove it, but this happened because of affirmative action" (or some such Malkinesqe b.s). Also why she only chose to post the photos of the black defendents. This story isnt about dehumanizing conditions and brutality in correctional facilities, its about affirmative action. Folks need to be aware of that. Those poor girls are just the means to the much more noble and important end of doing away with govt entitlement programs. Malkin also gives extra props for singing Camptown Races if a black person is so inclined.

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#6)
    by jondee on Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 02:16:31 PM EST
    Gwine to run all night..

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#7)
    by scribe on Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 02:21:24 PM EST
    Cops and crooks, the only difference is one set wears a badge.... A depressing story, but one not unexpected. Used to hear stories about similar from former drill sergeants, too. It's as much a power thing as a sex thing. Put disempowered females in an environment with empowered males in control and there will be sex, often within hours. That doesn't excuse the men in any way - they should not be taking advantage of this. How is it that a member of the public can sit through juvie court in Colo.? In my state, they lock the public out. Slightly OT: a colleague had a client come through with a report from a "credit bureau" provided to a prospective employer, wherein the bureau got hold of the client's juvenile adjudication (in our state, they're not "Crimes" and are supposed to be strongly confidential). Of course, this was cited as the reason for refusing employment. Anyone else had a similar problem? Suggested solutions (besides "try for a job elsewhere")? His question to me: how is the possible - they're supposed to be confidential! My response: they go on the computer and maybe get the kid to sign a waiver, even though this confidentiality is not waivable...."

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#8)
    by scribe on Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 02:24:04 PM EST
    Oh, and LaShawn's blaming this on "affirmative action hiring" is just gratuitous bullsh*t, unless the affirmative action hires were white-guy dolts who were so stupid they couldn't put keeping one of the few government (i.e. good pay and benefits) jobs available to high school grads ahead of, well, you know....

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#9)
    by Patrick on Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 02:35:50 PM EST
    Cops and crooks, the only difference is one set wears a badge....
    Morons and people who make sweeping generalizations...Only difference is....None.

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#10)
    by scribe on Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 02:37:49 PM EST
    Sorry for the "white-guy dolts"; should have just been plain ol' "dolts".

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#11)
    by Jlvngstn on Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 03:03:30 PM EST
    Why do we have to go to all cops/all prison guards are bad? Why is it reprehensible to make a comment toward a race of people classifying them in a negative manner yet acceptable to categorize all cops/guards as criminals? I think it does considerable more damage for a cop or a guard to be abusive or criminal in any way shape or form, after all they are there to serve and protect. But to lump them all together is is as silly and reprehensible as saying all blacks are criminals. I am not a big fan of how selectively laws are enforced in richer vs poorer communities and I know a few dumb cops and a few bright ones, none of which to the best of my knowledge are criminals, racist or abusive. too hung up on the pot laws maybe.... So I know a few that are not criminals does that qualify as confirmation that the categorization is unfair and unwarranted? The system is not broke because we have bad prison guards, the system is broke because we no longer give a rats arse about rehabilitation. The primary goal of prison has morphed into punishment in degrading and overcrowded facilities. If in fact they are guilty their tides will be reversed and they will be a part of a system that does not care to help them and their lives will be in danger based on their criminal status. I would hardly consider it an indictment against all prison guards.

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#13)
    by Sailor on Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 03:14:12 PM EST
    tps12, that's what I thought when I saw the headline;-)
    ... Ellison learned in early 2000 that a 13-year-old girl claimed one of the center's guards raped her. Ellison [...] taped her description of the attack, Brizzi said. But Ellison, 57, never reported the girl's claims and kept the tape of the interview in his work desk
    This guy is a wackjob in every sense of the word;-) And check out all the other problems there. BTW, talk about affirmative action, I can't believe pantload media would have hired her for except her race and gender. Just like raspberry and malkin and mehlman, you can't get a gig with the wrongwingers if you're a minority unless you prove your self-hate at every turn. This is shown by her ignorant 'affirmative action' statement. The detention center is in downtown indy, they're going to hire the folks who apply.

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#14)
    by Aaron on Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 03:26:20 PM EST
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    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#15)
    by Che's Lounge on Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 05:39:33 PM EST
    Patrick & scribe, It's not the cops. It's not the kids. It's the lack of a supportive/functional infrastructure. These problems are caused by failures at higher levels than the centers themselves. We will not solve these problems by telling one group or another to behave. Parties on either side are reacting to the conditions in which they find themselves (see Iraq). They have to be there, whether it's for punishment or for a paycheck.

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#12)
    by Aaron on Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 07:31:44 PM EST
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    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#16)
    by ltgesq on Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 08:41:25 PM EST
    I can speak with some authority on this as I am a criminal defense lawyer in indianapolis, and I know almost all of the people involved. 1. The person in charge of the juvenile detention facility for the past 15 years until this Last election was Judge Jim Payne, an extreme right wing republican. Affirmative action was never the issue in this court, but hiring people who could influence his election was. As far as I can recall, a democrat has never worked for judge payne. 2. Judge Payne ruled that court with an iron fist, and seemed to make a point of forcing private attorneys to wait so long for their cases to get called, that no one would take juvenile cases any longer. Thus leaving the public defenders overworked and helpless. When the agency refused to take more cases, he assigned cases to a number of republican law firms and lawyers on an hourly basis, resulting in many kids being represented by civil litigators and collection attorneys, and costing the newly democraticly controlled city a fortune in legal fees. 3. Judge payne was responsibile for sending more kids to correctional facilities than any other judge in the state. His total numbers, his percentages, and his ratio based on demographics were higher than any judge in the state. The court was notorious for dispositions of juvenile cases being decided by judge payne before a juvenile court magistrate had heard any evidence. 4. If Mr. ellison did or didn't do anything at the facility it would have been because the judge instructed him to do so. No one in that court would so much as blink without the sayso from Judge payne. 5. Mr. ellison would have saved that tape for his own self defense. 6. This is an election year for prosecutor and the current incumbent is a republican who always seems to find a case to give him a bunch of press all summer long. 7. The local papers and televison stations here have failed to mention judge payne's control over the juvenile facility. He is now working for the governor as the head of the state's family and social services agency. 8.The guards there were expected to act as counselors and mentors to the kids, many of them did write "keep your chin up" type letters. The press has not printed a copy of any of these alleged love letters, and only accepted the prosecutor's characterization of the letters. I expect that most, if not all of these guards will be acquitted. In two cases that I know of, if the alleged victim was telling the truth in one case, than she cannot have told the truth in the second case. In other cases, the alleged victim said things like it was some day in july or august of last year that it happened. With a date as vague as this, its impossible to use an alibi, or even prove the allegations are false.

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#17)
    by ltgesq on Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 09:05:12 PM EST
    I learned years ago that one member of a racial group on a jury when the defendant was the same race was a disaster. When people are in a minority, and they see someone else from their group commit an act that would bring disrepute to their group, they are harder on their own people than another group member would be. If in the majority, its different. Ever seen a smart blonde woman be infuriated by a blonde playing to be a ditz? its that phenomena that explains the antiblack black republicans (lashawn barber), the antiwoman, female conservatives (ann coulter), and the anti immigrant, immigrant (malkin) i don't know that I could have written it less clearly. In short, when you are in the majority, you can act any way you wish. When in the minority, if you pick on other members of your group, it distinguishes you from the behaviour of anyone in the group.

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#18)
    by HK on Wed Jun 21, 2006 at 02:07:53 AM EST
    Ltgesq, thanks for your posts. I found the information very illuminating. I was particularly interested in what you said about jury members of the same racial group as the defendant. I have suspected this pattern of behaviour for some time, but do not have the experience to back it up. I guess there must be some kind of psychology term for this phenomenon - do you know of it?

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#19)
    by squeaky on Wed Jun 21, 2006 at 08:25:21 AM EST
    HK-
    I guess there must be some kind of psychology term for this phenomenon - do you know of it?
    When a person of color is stopped by the police while in a car, and the officer is anything other than white and male they are going to show no mercy. Odd you would think it the opposite. I think that Ltgesq's point figures in here but there is also something else. It also has to do with power but more directly. There are two sets of rules in effect on the force. Anyone who is not a white male has to do everything by the book. Those who are not entitled by gender or color have to look over their shoulder all the time. A white male cop has the luxury of not going by the book and showing mercy at his discretion. His status may even be enhanced by earning a reputation as being fair. Anyone else caught showing mercy will suffer the consequences and move down in status. Basically, it is the same operational double standard we experience in everyday life only it is more rigid and extreme in the police force.

    Good post, Ltgesq. I don't know how this case will shake out but it is good to hear from lawyers with knowledge of the situation. As to judge Payne, it is hard to protect against the abuse of power by those that wear black robes.

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#21)
    by jondee on Wed Jun 21, 2006 at 11:29:58 AM EST
    The sooner the we get back to an emphasis on class analysis and class interest the better. Why is it that both parties seem so deathly afraid of that discussion?

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#22)
    by HK on Wed Jun 21, 2006 at 02:42:07 PM EST
    Cheers, Squeaky. Makes sense.

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#23)
    by jondee on Wed Jun 21, 2006 at 02:43:22 PM EST
    Yeah, in a historical vacuum its "no different". Take a look, as Ernesto intimated, at those who've said it the loudest in the last hundred years. A lot of swastikas in there. When blacks organize around master-race theories and wage war on half the planet and round up and intern millions of non-blacks or orchestrate any number of lynchings, public floggings and church bombings then the idea of black "racial pride" will have the same stigma attached to it.

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#24)
    by Sailor on Wed Jun 21, 2006 at 03:19:44 PM EST
    I personally feel that saying "I'm white and I'm proud" is no different than saying "I'm sure glad I'm not black" It is kind of racist.
    At least you get points for honesty. Logic, however is an 'F.'

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#25)
    by squeaky on Wed Jun 21, 2006 at 03:51:53 PM EST
    HK-The info was direct from the streets of NYC. A consensus no less.

    Re: 9 Juvenile Prison Guards Charged for Sex With (none / 0) (#26)
    by Patrick on Wed Jun 21, 2006 at 06:08:58 PM EST
    It's not the cops. It's not the kids. It's the lack of a supportive/functional infrastructure.
    Che, You're telling me this why? There are certainly many reasons this happened. Or many reasons why the shooting happened at the ferderal prison in Florida between a guard and federal officers. There are bad cops, there are bad correctional officers, there are bad people in every aspect of life. I just exposed the idiotic comment for what it was. I tend to agree with JL on the topic. Bad cops are significantly more damaging because the erode public confidence and cooperation which are absolutely necessary for cops to be efficient. With that said, I think their numbers are a small minority, just like most other professions. But my experience comes from California and it may be different in other states, but not in my experience.