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Corrections Officer Arrested

We’ve all been told something along the lines of, “it’s easier to get drugs in prison than out.” That’s certainly an exaggeration, but the fact remains that dugs and other contraband do get into our prison system – the very place where you would think they are least likely to be. What could give a higher level of control than constant supervision and metal bars?

But in Georgetown County a corrections officer faces charges for bringing banned substances into the detention center there. The specific items were named, but according to the press, Kelvenia Davis is accused of providing drugs or alcohol to inmates, one count of furnishing contraband, and one count of public official misconduct in office. She received a $15,000 bond.

So is it really easier to get illegal substances in prison? According to a couple of studies, it isn’t. When Chicago law enforcement tested all those arrested, they found drugs in 80%. But a check on prisoners (by doing a drug screen on the whole population of one prison) showed a usage rate under 10%, mostly marijuana. That’s still too high, but clearly, more prisoners would be using drugs if they could get them.

In this case, we don’t know what pressures may have been brought bear on the officer to get her to smuggle contraband in. It may have been threats to her personally or her family. Apparently, some prisoners have a reach far beyond the prison walls by way of a gang affiliation or criminal acquaintances. The worst motivation would be if Davis did it for money. That’s a stain that’s hard to get rid of: turning your position of authority into an entrepreneurial opportunity.

For now, all we know is an officer has been accused. At some level, the system must be working, since the corruption has been revealed and charges brought.


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