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Inmate Smuggles Contraband from Law Library

Event Summary

 

At approximately 1430, I went to [Housing Module A] to look at the telephone access for segregation inmates. While standing in front of the law library room, [Inmate 1] stated the cable for the printer was missing. I entered the Law Library room and inspected the printer and computer to verify the cable was gone. Once I verified that the cable was gone, I went to the Officer’s station to see who had access to the law library. [Inmate 1] and [Inmate 2] are the only two inmates that have access to the Law Library.

When I came back down, I was given information from another staff member that [Inmate 2] had the cable hidden in the grate in [Segregation Cell 1]. I had [Deputy 1] and [Deputy 2] go to the Segregation cell with me to search for the cable. I stood on the toilet, removed the three small spots of toilet paper that were stuck on the grate, and observed what appeared to be a small white string sticking about one inch out of the grate. Once I removed the object, I could see it was a small diameter wire. I recognized this as a wire from the inside of a USB or HDMI cable.

Since [Inmate 2] had been moved from this cell and was currently residing in [Housing Module A], I wanted to make sure he did not have any more of the wire. I called for two Response and Escort Officers (REOs) to respond to [Housing Module A] so they could take [Inmate 2] to Booking to be strip searched. I then went back to the Law library to search the room more thoroughly for the other parts of the cable. There were no additional parts located in the Law Library. I then continued on to complete my original task of reviewing the Segregation inmates’ phone access.

At approximately 15:00, [Deputy 3] joined me and showed me the remaining wire that was missing from the cable. [Deputy 3] stated he had observed the wire during the strip search. When [Inmate 2] handed him his underwear, [Deputy 3] could see the multi-colored wire in the front flap area of [the inmate]’s underwear. [Inmate 2] was returned to [Housing Module A] pending this rule violation.

*[Brackets] denote de-identification by reviewers during the report review process.

 

Lessons Learned

 

  • Recognize that virtually anything can be used as a weapon against staff or other inmates. Institute and observe policies and procedures for routinely inspecting all areas and items that inmates can access.

 

Full Report

Inmate Smuggles Contraband from Law Library

 

 

Employer Information

 

Type of law enforcement agency: Sheriff’s Office – Full Service

 

Involved Person Info

 

Role: Sworn Officer

Years of experience in law enforcement: More than 7, but less than 10

 

Incident Information

 

Type of call / Reason for response: In-custody Event

Incident Initiated by: Inmate

Date: March 2017

Please classify this incident (Check all that apply): Almost resulted in injury or death

Incident Summary:

At approximately 1430, I went to [Housing Module A] to look at the telephone access for segregation inmates. While standing in front of the law library room, [Inmate 1] stated the cable for the printer was missing. I entered the Law Library room and inspected the printer and computer to verify the cable was gone. Once I verified that the cable was gone, I went to the Officer’s station to see who had access to the law library. [Inmate 1] and [Inmate 2] are the only two inmates that have access to the Law Library.

When I came back down, I was given information from another staff member that [Inmate 2] had the cable hidden in the grate in [Segregation Cell 1]. I had [Deputy 1] and [Deputy 2] go to the Segregation cell with me to search for the cable. I stood on the toilet, removed the three small spots of toilet paper that were stuck on the grate, and observed what appeared to be a small white string sticking about one inch out of the grate. Once I removed the object, I could see it was a small diameter wire. I recognized this as a wire from the inside of a USB or HDMI cable.

Since [Inmate 2] had been moved from this cell and was currently residing in [Housing Module A], I wanted to make sure he did not have any more of the wire. I called for two Response and Escort Officers (REOs) to respond to [Housing Module A] so they could take [Inmate 2] to Booking to be strip searched. I then went back to the Law library to search the room more thoroughly for the other parts of the cable. There were no additional parts located in the Law Library. I then continued on to complete my original task of reviewing the Segregation inmates’ phone access.

At approximately 15:00, [Deputy 3] joined me and showed me the remaining wire that was missing from the cable. [Deputy 3] stated he had observed the wire during the strip search. When [Inmate 2] handed him his underwear, [Deputy 3] could see the multi-colored wire in the front flap area of [the inmate]’s underwear. [Inmate 2] was returned to [Housing Module A] pending this rule violation.

 

Location Information

 

What type of location was this? Corrections Facility

What were the environmental conditions? Indoor, lighted

 

Lessons Learned

 

Please describe what type of accident or incident was averted:

Possible use of the cord to assault someone or commit suicide.

What were the contributing factors that almost led to or did lead to serious injury or death?

  • Deviation from policy/procedures/practice
  • Complacency

Describe the lessons learned:

  • Recognize that virtually anything can be used as a weapon against staff or other inmates. Institute and observe policies and procedures for routinely inspecting all areas and items that inmates can access.



How relevant are the lessons learned in this incident to you and/or your agency?
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