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April 24, 2013

"Four female prison guards impregnated by same inmate"

0423-13-officers-indicted_jpg_full_600The headline of this post is arguably the most sensational facet of a huge federal corruption prosecution this week emerging from the jail system in Baltimore, Maryland.  The basics are reported in this story:

Four female prison guards in Baltimore fell pregnant to the same inmate, according to authorities who have busted a major smuggling gang inside the jail system. Two of the women tattooed the inmate's name on their bodies and he showered three of

The four women are among 25 people who face federal charges, including 13 female prison guards, CBS Baltimore reports. The scheme involved smuggling drugs and cell phones into Baltimore City Detention Center.

U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein said the 25 defendants participated in running the activities of the Black Guerilla Family - a prison and street gang - from behind bars in Baltimore City. Thirteen female corrections officers, seven inmates and five alleged co-conspirators are charged with racketeering, money laundering and possession with the intent to distribute....

The affidavit says the corrections officers helped members of the notorious Black Guerilla Family gang smuggle cell phones, marijuana, prescription pills and cigarettes into the jail to sell to other inmates and make thousands of dollars. "This situation enabled BGF members to continue to run their criminal enterprise within the jail and the streets of Baltimore," said Steve Vogt, FBI....

The indictment says the ringleader, inmate Tavon White, reportedly made $16,000 in one month from the smuggled contraband.

Four corrections officers-Jennifer Owens, Katera Stevenson, Chania Brooks and Tiffany Linder, who are also facing charges -- allegedly fell pregnant to White while he was behind bars. Charging documents reveal Owens had "Tavon" tattooed on her neck and Stevenson had "Tavon" tattooed on her wrist....

Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services Gary Maynard said he was taking full responsibility. "It becomes embarrassing for me when we expose ourselves and we participate in an investigation that's going to show what's going on in our jails that I am not proud of," he said.

This press release from the Maryland U.S. Attorney's office concerning the indictments has a little extra fun with the most prurient aspects of this sordid story in its heading: "Correctional Officers Smuggled in Cell Phones and Drugs and Were 'in Bed' with BGF Inmates."  And though this story is hardly a laughing matter, I hope readers will forgive me after a few weeks of very serious news if I encourage commentors to perhaps add some additional levity by suggesting alternative headlines for this notable new federal corruption case.

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I know you want humor but the truth is that this story is a good illustration of why females should not be employed guarding males. The fact is that with this guy behind bars there is no effective means for him to play child support. Further, the mothers might find themselves in jail too or even if they get a break because they are pregnant they will be unemployable in their chosen profession. So what is going to happen to the kids: welfare. This criminal mastermind screwed the state over at so many levels. Frankly, I think all these women should be forced have abortions.

Posted by: Daniel | Apr 24, 2013 7:53:33 PM

"In vain are Schools, Academies, and Universities instituted, if loose Principles and licentious habits are impressed upon Children in their earliest years... The Vices and Examples of the Parents cannot be concealed from the children.

How is it possible that Children can have any just Sense of the sacred Obligations of Morality or Religion if, from their earliest Infancy, they learn their Mothers live in habitual Infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant Infidelity to their Mothers?" -
John Adams Diary, June 2, 1778

Posted by: Adamakis | Apr 24, 2013 7:56:22 PM

could it be said that the guards were also sold a 'pig in a poke'

Posted by: Franklin | Apr 24, 2013 8:05:25 PM

"Frankly, I think all these women should be forced have abortions."

Sure. Why not? Constitutional rights are trivial things.

Women who have children that have to go on welfare should be forced to have abortions. Your comment isn't that offensive. Really.

The issue here is the rank irresponsibly that allowed the situation to go this far. Not allowing people of different sex to be involved as guards or other similar professions (how about personnel at half-way houses?) is not likely to be overly workable at the end of the day as compared to a system that allows FOUR people to be alone enough to have sex surely multiple times unless we are talking pretty unlikely odds here.

Posted by: Joe | Apr 24, 2013 9:53:32 PM

BTW, I understand the push for levity and it's pretty hard to laugh at it in a sick joke sort of way, but this is a pretty horrible story. The tattoos are a good touch though. Like come on.

Posted by: Joe | Apr 24, 2013 9:55:25 PM

My guess is these prison guards were part of the "Sluts for Obama" crowd.

Posted by: federalist | Apr 24, 2013 10:58:35 PM

Ménage à cinq

Posted by: Anon. #2.71828³ | Apr 25, 2013 5:14:03 AM

This is more common than it should be, especially in local jails. The guards grew up on the same streets as the criminals and often the only difference in their life station is that the inmate was caught committing his crimes.

It happens in state prisons as well, but to a much lesser extent.

Obviously, the COs should be charged with rape along with the smuggling and other assorted charges.

Posted by: TarlsQtr1 | Apr 25, 2013 9:09:19 AM

I have read a lot of insane comments in this blog's comment section but I think Daniel's is far and away the most insane.

Posted by: Thinkaboutit | Apr 25, 2013 9:15:51 AM

you stay classy, federalist!

it is interesting to consider that male prison guards absolutely are (and should be) charged with rape for "consensual" sex with inmates. of course, I've never seen a case where the inmate was as powerful as this one. perhaps if the female Al Capone was running the prison, male guards who serviced her wouldn't be charged with rape either...

speaking of staying classy, I think the tawdry pun in the title of that press release should be below the standards of the frickin' United States Attorney. you're about to destroy 13 people's lives. I'm not saying they didn't richly earn that treatment, just that you need to take what you are doing quite seriously.

Posted by: anon | Apr 25, 2013 11:25:01 AM

Anon,

I would say they have already destroyed their own lives, the USA is more like the janitor tidying up after the mess is already made.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Apr 25, 2013 11:41:21 AM

Joe.

It is rubbish to blame management. As TarlsQtr1 points out this is not a new problem. At some point in time rational people acknowledge that it is the fundamental most basic structure of the system that is irretrievably broken and simply changing faces does not work. Why should society and tax payers be forced to to bear the the costs of what these bad people do? There is no way that any punishment society can inflict on management for this mismanagement is equal to the cost. It simply is impossible.

When power is repeatedly abused it is insane to sit around begging the Lord for better people. Sane societies take away that power. If that offends some liberals fantasy about the way that life should be fuck them. We can not afford that gender equality tripe anymore.

Posted by: Daniel | Apr 25, 2013 2:10:43 PM

Daniel does bring up something I wonder about. Would a mandatory abortion requirement under these circumstances be a legal employment condition? Certainly I see that as an after the fact judgement it does not work but I could see with adequate notice that it would be entirely different.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Apr 25, 2013 3:09:59 PM

What's the basis for federal prosecution here? Effect on interstate commerce? "Honest services"? Maybe the cell phones are regulated by the FCC? What were the supervisory failures that prevented the state or local authorities from noticing and cleaning up the mess themselves, and why aren't the Governor, state AG, Mayor of Baltimore, etc. being asked those questions?

Posted by: JWB | Apr 25, 2013 6:13:57 PM

If one has ever seen a female prison guard, one must say, "May Allah bless and preserve the Brother." Hooey. Once they find out about each other (Thank God, none reads a newspaper), his life isn't worth spit.

He made $16,000 a month, I suggest the prison take over that business.

As a rule, sociopaths have superficial charm. Most of all, their brain disinhibition results in a level of muscular tension which causes them to become muscular and physically attractive to women who cannot do better than to fish the bottom of the pond.

I worked in a privately run prison. The male guards were kissing the female prisoners in the halls. They did not bother to take a break for a passing stranger who could report them. Another program for mentally disturbed delinquents was closed, but only after two years. Everyone was having sex with everyone.

However physically attractive a prisoner might be, the fear that they may hurt the person makes sex with one quite remote in possibility. Plus, they are devoid of loyalty. So they will snitch out the staff for a pack of cigarettes, or blackmail staff, even if it "not cool."

Under 123D, he and his fellow gangbangers would have been gone a brief time after 14, sparing the public this pointless drama.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 25, 2013 8:15:19 PM

The sexual activity may be immunized by Lawrence v Texas. However, I would encourage the criminal gangbanger to sue prison for sexual harassment, in his especially vulnerable position vis a vis the guards. He could stop making chump change and go for the seven figures settlement.

First step? Ask Gloria Alred to fly in to review the records. Oh, the humanity. This poor black man, what they made him do, those hussies.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 25, 2013 8:44:36 PM

I am a researcher, who shall be writing my first book, after a year and a half of research.

I find this article very interesting...but the BGF is basically a prison gang as oppose to a street gang....It was founded I believe at. San Quentin State Prison here in California during the early 60s era. It started out with a political agenda, because of Constitutional issues inside of prisons here in California.

For an inmate to impregnate four women, is a little much for the mind to handle, at this moment. One thing is for sure, he was a busy individual. However, one can get anything they want in prison, all they need is money and/or a way to get money.

I hope we be kept inform as this case unfolds, because it is going to be very interesting. On the other hand, it is a very large case with 25 defendants, it is going to be a lot of sleepless days for everyone involved, which includes all attorney's and prosecutors.

Posted by: Ann-Belinda,Honablezh | Apr 27, 2013 2:00:35 AM

Anon, lighten up. Can't you take a joke?

Posted by: federalist | Apr 27, 2013 2:39:54 PM

I was not under the impression that forcing people to abort was only something "liberals" were upset about, Daniel. As to it being an old problem, four prison guards getting pregnant sounds pretty blatant, but yes, interaction between the guards and inmates is old news. This doesn't really mean there aren't possible solutions, at least to the degree that we can limit four guards to have the freedom to have repeated sexual intercourse with inmates.

Posted by: Joe | Apr 29, 2013 7:16:15 PM

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