Public Work Employees Accused of Providing Drugs to Inmates

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

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.

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  • by Stacy Location: Bainbridge on Mar 15, 2012 at 04:52 PM
    They were Public Work Employees.....not Correctional Officers.
  • by Jose Location: Georgia on Mar 15, 2012 at 08:12 AM
    Bad Boys! Bad Boys! What are you gonna do, when we come get you!! Soooooooooo Stupid !!!!!!
  • by Public Service? Location: WCSO on Mar 14, 2012 at 08:01 PM
    This has been going on in Wakulla for years. One Police Lt. Wife used to be the main supplier. He was a SGT then.
  • by Yikespeople on Mar 14, 2012 at 05:10 PM
    News flash. This is happening all over our department of corrections. Mr. Wright died as a result of a correctional officer giving/selling him dope. Hopefully the system will suffer consequences and put a stop to it.
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      by ummmmm......? on Mar 15, 2012 at 06:43 AM in reply to Yikespeople
      Contraband being introduced in to an inmate population will always be a problem, but to blame a correction officer for the death of Mr. Wright doesn't compute. If we follow your logic then the car dealer is responsible for the DUI/DWI driver killing someone in an accident, or the food manufacture for making people eat unhealthy foods resulting in obesity, and sometime, death.
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        by following your logic.... on Mar 15, 2012 at 08:02 AM in reply to ummmmm......?
        I didn't know it was illegal for the car dealer to sell a car.
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          by yikespeople on Mar 15, 2012 at 10:29 AM in reply to following your logic....
          Ummmmmm, it sounds like you might be someone who works for the department of corrections. What you are proposing makes no logical since. Now if you want to say that the bar tender that gives the drink to a drunk and he kills himself driving home then that would make logical since. By the way, people win suits for that all the time. Following your logic is right, it is illegal to sell or give a controlled substance to anyone much less a guard giving an inmate an illegal substance. They are responsible for Mr. Wright's death in more ways then one my friend.....
  • by Excellent Location: tally on Mar 14, 2012 at 01:00 PM
    Public employees striving to be incarcerated...gotta keep those union jobs going at the jail...reminds me of other
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