KCRA 3 — A California parole agent was accused of soliciting one of his parolees to kill another. Numerous corrections department employees allegedly had sex with inmates, including juveniles.
And a prison guard was suspected of carousing regularly with prisoners, even joining them as they drank a form of booze the inmates manufactured themselves.
The incidents are among 278 cases of alleged employee misconduct detailed in the latest report by the independent inspector general of the state corrections department.
The abuses highlighted in the reports produced every six months raise questions about how effectively the state prison system hires and polices its sworn peace officers.
The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has promised to better follow existing policies and procedures.
But a top prison official said no dramatic policy or training changes are planned as a result of the reports.
"We're pretty comfortable or satisfied with the level of screening or prevention that we do already in the department. We have a pretty high bar as it is," said Martin Hoshino, acting undersecretary for operations.
The department has improved since the days when officers were found to have encouraged inmates to engage in what were known as "gladiator fights" or developed a code of silence to protect officers who broke the rules, he said. continue reading...