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Corrections Officer Charged for Drugs

The Press Republican reported last week that a corrections officer has been charged with misconduct for smuggling drugs. Ricky Hance was arrested on August 30th. He worked at the Franklin Correctional Facility.

The list of accusations is long: official misconduct and receiving rewards, bringing contraband into a prison, and possession of a controlled substance. The case has been in the works for weeks, according to Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne. The prison is located in Franklin County. The exact nature of the contraband and drugs were withheld.

The District Attorney did say that no banned substances were allowed into the facility during the investigation.

Contraband in the form of drugs, cell phones and other things is an ongoing problem in prisons. It’s an embarrassment to the system when inmates can get drugs delivered to them, and corrections officers are among those tasked with catching anything before it makes it inside.

Franklin Correctional Center opened in 1939; it houses minimum custody adult males, medium security youth and as a processing center for adult males. In 1987, Correction Enterprises opened a plant to make highway and interstate signs. It is the largest facility making these signs, with 210 prisoners employed at the plant.

Many of those incarcerated were drug users when arrested. In one study out of Illinois, more than 80% of those arrested tested positive for drugs. Some manage to continue to use while in prison although the number of users falls dramatically compared to the population at large. Studies from the Federal Bureau of Prisons show that strict enforcement can reduce positive drug tests down to less than 10% of the prison population, with marijuana the overwhelmingly most common drug. But a rate above zero means one thing – someone from the outside is smuggling the drugs in. In this case, a corrections officer is charged, but it could be an attorney, a family member or an associate of a prisoner.

Unfortunately, there always seem to be ways.

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