COLUMBIA, SC (WIS/AP) - Two former officers at a maximum-security South Carolina prison have been charged with helping inmates get illegal cellphones behind bars.
Records show Jamar Brown and Taylor Johnson were arrested Tuesday and charged with misconduct in office.
Both men were officers at Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia. Authorities say they let inmates go outside the facility and retrieve packages that contained contraband materials including cellphones, tools and tobacco.
Corrections Department officials say it's incredibly dangerous for inmates to have access to cellphones in prison because they can have unfettered access with the outside world and continue their criminal activity.
Arrest papers listed no attorney for either man. Both men were taken to Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
Johnson was employed with DOC since June 2012 and resigned June 2016. Brown was employed from April 2014 until he resigned in August.