Anyone who has watched TV knows that prisons are seriously screwed-up places. They call them "correctional facilities," but very few believe much is being corrected inside the walls. And if you believe TV and movies, prison guards are often corrupt bullies who just want to kick prisoners' asses and take bribes for bad behavior. But that couldn't be true, right?
Well, in the case of one Texas prison, it might be.
The U.S. Attorney's office today handed down a sealed indictment charging former Texas Department of Criminal Justice corrections officers with racketeering and drug charges in an operation that took four years to investigate and netted 29 arrests including 13 former corrections officers.
According to a release, federal authorities found a "culture of corruption" in the McConnell Unit Prison beginning in 2005 that allowed violent criminal gangs to profit through bribery and narcotics trafficking. The officers allegedly "assisted prisoners incarcerated in the TDCJ McConnell Unit Prison in Beeville by smuggling cellular telephones and drugs into the prison system," according to the release. "The drugs and phones were allegedly sold inside the prison to other inmates. The phones were used by inmates to assist in their coordination of criminal activities outside the prison."
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Moral of the story: Prison sucks. Try to stay out of there.