Decatur County, Georgia -- March 14, 2012 Update
For some inmates at Decatur County Correctional, it appears there were some extracirricular activities going on during work detail.
"DCCI and the sheriff's office here in Decatur county received information that the inmates were being provided with contraband," said Investigator Julian Crowder of the Decatur County Sheriff's Department.
The sheriff's office arrested two men late last week, both county road department employees at Decatur County Public Works.
Richard Hill was charged with providing contraband items to an inmate, specifically a tin of tobacco. Aundra Reels was charged with the same thing, only instead of tobacco, he's accused of trying to slip the inmates pot. The sheriff's office says all the inmates had to do was ask.
"They talked with people that were not incarcerated, people working at the road department, and told them what they wanted. Whether it be tobacco or marijuana," explained Crowder.
DCCI requested the help of the sheriff's department because this can be a problem when inmates get out.
"Anytime that these inmates go outside, get engaged to work, some are unsupervised, some are supervised, it is a problem and I would say it's state wide," said DCCI Warden Elijah McCoy.
McCoy says the prison tries to educate the people who supervise the inmates to inform them of any suspicious activity. For McCoy, the lesson learned from this incident is clear.
"If you are involved in the illegal activity with these inmates, then we are going to come after you and try and prosecute you as much as we possibly can."
Decatur county, Georgia - March 14, 2012 - Noon -
Two former Decatur County Public Works employees have been arrested and charged with providing contraband to inmates at Decatur County Correctional Institute.
The Decatur County Sheriff's office tells Eyewitness News that Richard Hill and Aundra Reels have been arrested in connection with providing contraband to inmates. Hill is accused of providing tobacco and Reels has been accused of providing marijuana. At the time of their arrest late last week, both were still currently employed by Decatur County Public Works as members of the road department. Inmates would be assigned there for work detail and assist them. Sometime between the arrest and now, Hill and Reels were relieved of their duties.
The sheriff's office told me that they had been looking into this for two weeks before making the arrests. The investigation is still ongoing, and other arrests may still be pending.
We'll have an update for you later on tonight.