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Detention officer accused of taking bribes from inmate

Posted November 3, 2008

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— A Nash County Jail detention officer faces charges that he accepted bribes from an inmate.

Jessie Michael Baker, 25, was dismissed from his job last week and charged with two counts of accepting bribes from a prisoner after he confessed to the crime, officials said.

Sheriff Dick Jenkins said authorities were tipped off by other inmates who claimed the unidentified inmate was somehow getting cigarettes inside the no-smoking facility.

Upon further investigation, they learned that the inmate had worked out a deal with Baker in which a friend on the outside would pay Baket $30 for each pack of cigarettes he would take back to the inmate.

Jenkins said investigators were unsure who the outside link is, but they do not expect to file any charges against that person.

Baker, who worked as a detention officer for six months, is out of jail on a $30,000 bond. He could not be reached for comment Monday.

Authorities said they are still investigating whether Baker might have brought in items to other people.

"If you can bring (cigarettes in), what else can you bring in?" Jenkins said. "And I'm just thankful we got this, and hopefully this is the end of this."


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  • Dr. Dataclerk Nov 4, 2008

    He was wrong, so fire him and move on. Next time get a more responsible person to handle the position.

  • gammasandi Nov 3, 2008

    the paltry salary of anyone, particularly a law enforcement officer, does not justify taking a bribe-surely some of you must be kidding-thinking like this opens the door to anarchy

  • exwife1956 Nov 3, 2008

    Just another state employee underpaid and trying anything they can just to pay their bills. He was wrong but if state employees would get paid more they wouldn't have to consider doing illegal activities.

  • ghwhitaker1_old Nov 3, 2008

    If I was in jail, I'd give $5 for a Marlboro.

  • colliedave Nov 3, 2008

    Did I just read that the detention center was a smoke free facility?? Now that is pretty funny.

    All state prisons do not allow smoking inside of buildings. Supposedly all prisons use a card system instead of cash to supposedly avoid things such as this; wheb purchasing items from the canteen a prisoner uses his card.

  • christinathefern Nov 3, 2008

    two counts, so this happened twice..his life is ruined over $60. Who knows what disease he's gonna catch on the inside.

  • Qwerty27807 Nov 3, 2008

    Every time you hear about contraband in a correctinos facility, realize 100% of that came in via staff.

    The starting wages for STATE corrections officers is just over $12 per hour -- and this is to work next to felons with nothing more than a bottle of pepper spray and an official policy of "We don't negotiate for hostages."

    With a wife and 2 kids, this makes an officer eligible for food stamps, even though they have a full-time job.

    County facilities, where this guy worked, pay even less.

    Is it any surprise that so many COs are dirty?

  • Randy Cox Nov 3, 2008

    I once worked for the state DOC, and it happens WAY more often than we ever hear about. The state DOC doesn't tell the press about it either. They just fire a correctional officer if they find he's on the take, and you never hear about it because it would be embarrassing to the department.

  • Tax Man Nov 3, 2008

    You know the Judge is going to throw the books at this guy - correction officer on the take - lock him up and throw away the key. Corruption at its best.

  • Mr. Keeping It Real Nov 3, 2008

    Wow - so young (and naive).
    He'll learn the hard way...such a shame.