Georgia Department of Corrections Investigating Thomas Co. Prison

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Thomas County, GA -- April 6, 2012 --

Seven people have been charged in connection with a contraband case at the Thomas County prison.

Out of the seven charged, one is prison guard Robert Rhodes. He has since been terminated. The three inmates charged are Donald Finch, William Brown, and Richard Williams. Melinda Rudd, Linda Groves, and Kimberly Groves are also charged . The contraband includes cell phones and tobacco products made available to convicts.

"Several weeks ago, the department of corrections was asked to investigate a situation at the prison. They sent their own investigator down who did all the investigations through the department of corrections," said Captain Steve Jones of the Thomas County Sheriff's Department.

The sheriff's office said they could not say anything beyond that this is now a DOC case, and that everyone charged has bonded out of jail.


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  • by Interesting on Apr 10, 2012 at 08:41 PM
    They are Thomas County law officers who need to be locked up for more than drugs, including those at the top. The place is a swarm of varmits.
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      by L :) on Apr 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM in reply to Interesting
      Sounds like you must be guilty of something yourself ! I bet when you when something happens and you need help the swarm of varmits is gonna be the firts ones you call ! Grow up really name calling so childish !
  • by CONCERNED Location: NO WHERE on Apr 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM
    I was wondering when did they start letting Inmates have phones and drugs in prison!!All you have to do is go on Facebook right now I know of a inmate that has his picture of hiself in the Ga prison he is in!They need to do a big search of all prisons in Ga!!!!
  • by Harry Potter Location: Blountstown on Apr 7, 2012 at 07:10 AM
    It is ok for Florida inmates to receive gifts from correctional officers. There are drugs of every kind in the Wakulla Jail. The Leon Jail has a few but not as easy or cheap to buy.
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      by Lobohart on Apr 7, 2012 at 03:10 PM in reply to Harry Potter
      It is NOT ok for state inamtes to receive gifts from Correctional Officers. Inmates may receive certain items from family, but may not have tobacco products or cell phones. Most jails have the same policies as the state. I do not know of a single jail where inamtes can receive gifts from CO's. If you know of a CO provding drugs or other contraband to inmates you have a choice, turn them in or shut up.
  • by doc on Apr 6, 2012 at 03:25 PM
    Someone needs to check the prison in Camilla Ga. Inmates have cell phones
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