Baltimore's Female Prison Guard Indictment

Yesterday I mentioned a doozy of an indictment against 13 prison guards in Baltimore that sounded like a plot from the Wire. It's really more like a soap opera.

Here is the FBI press release. All of the charged guards are female. Four were impregnated at the jail by the same imprisoned alleged gang leader -- one of them twice.

Correctional Officers Smuggled in Cell Phones and Drugs and were “in Bed” with BGF Inmates; Surprise Searches Conducted by Federal Agents and Trusted Officers from Outside Baltimore

In addition to the 13 guards, 12 jailed inmates and/or their associates are charged in the huge RICO indictment. It took 170 agents to arrest them and execute related search warrants. [More...]

One of the defendants will not be going to trial. He was killed in a robbery hours before the Indictment was unsealed.

The corruption at the detention center has been the subject of lengthy investigations using outside agents.

“This investigation revealed the pervasive nature of prison corruption in Baltimore City’s Detention Centers,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt. “Such corruption causes the FBI to divert crucial investigative resources away from addressing violence on the streets of Baltimore.

In this case, the inmates literally took over ‘the asylum,’ and the detention centers became safe havens for the BGF. Such a situation cannot be tolerated. Law enforcement should not have to concern itself with criminal subjects who have already been arrested and relegated to detention centers.”

The alleged leader of the gang is imprisoned inmate Tavon White:

White allegedly had long-term sexual relationships inside BCDC with four correctional officers—Jennifer Owens, Katera Stevenson, Chania Brooks, and Tiffany Linder—impregnating each of the four officers at least once.

Owens had “Tavon” tattooed on her neck and Stevenson had “Tavon” tattooed on her wrist. All four officers allegedly help smuggle contraband into BCDC and related facilities. White allegedly gave Owens a diamond ring and provided luxury automobiles to Owens, Stevenson, and Brooks.

The indictment is here.

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    Really? (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by womanwarrior on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 02:05:06 PM EST
    "Such corruption causes the FBI to divert crucial investigative resources away from addressing violence on the streets of Baltimore."

    Wow, and I thought our public servants could figure out how to best prioritize how they spend our resources.  This case must have been way too titillating to the agents in Baltimore?  

    Funny, when a male prison guard raped at least six female inmates in our local federal detention center, discovered when one was hospitalized bleeding, he only got charged with a misdemeanor and got 4 months in jail.  Then the govt paid close to $1 million in a civil settlement to 4.  The other women had been deported. Interesting prioritization of resources?  

    thread cleaned (5.00 / 3) (#11)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 07:31:45 PM EST
    of off-topic comments and inappropriate comments by p3p3p3, who is warned to take that garbage elsewhere.

    Thank you, J. (none / 0) (#12)
    by Zorba on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 07:37:00 PM EST

    Yikes! (none / 0) (#2)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 06:56:51 PM EST
    Are you sure that you didn't accidentally run across the screenplay of a Sybil Danning movie?


    some appropriate music (none / 0) (#3)
    by P3P3P3P3 on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 07:21:07 PM EST
    Talk about a country (none / 0) (#4)
    by NYShooter on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 12:57:57 AM EST
    going to He!l in a hand basket!

    Hell? (none / 0) (#9)
    by kdog on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 01:41:53 PM EST
    Prison is hell, to be sure, but if you do wind up in one make sure it is a prison with guards who will smuggle and snuggle.

    Y'think they charged enough predicate acts? (none / 0) (#5)
    by scribe on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 07:06:24 AM EST
    I stopped counting somewhere around 92.

    Interesting that, as I read it, they counted "inmates having sex with prison guards" as predicates....

    You're right, TL, about this being a soap opera, though I might look more to Oz than The Wire.

    "the imprisoned alleged gang leader" (none / 0) (#6)
    by Mr Natural on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 08:44:05 AM EST
    - missed his calling; someone that convincing should have become a trial lawyer.

    Do lawyers get that much action? (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by unitron on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 10:17:25 AM EST
    Maybe he should have been a televangelist instead.

    : - )


    SITE VIOLATOR! (none / 0) (#14)
    by caseyOR on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 03:20:15 AM EST
    Spammer 11 has hit several threads.