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Johnston sheriff, DA call for probe into alleged misconduct

Posted August 13, 2009

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— The State Bureau of Investigation and the North Carolina Department of Insurance are investigating allegations of misconduct in the Johnston County Jail.

Detention officers are accused of soliciting business for a handful of bail bondsmen and taking money from at least one in exchange.

Misconduct at Johnson County Jail? Misconduct at Johnson County Jail?

The accusations come from a letter that a group of four bail bondsmen sent to Sheriff Steve Bizzell, Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle and others.

It accuses at least one bondsman of paying detention officers 1 percent of each bond client they send his way. It also claims he paid one jailer $300.

"We have gone months with little to no calls from inside the Johnston County Jail. This just doesn't seem likely when inmates have a list to choose from," the complaint states. "The other agents, along with us, have a 1 percent chance out of 50 to receive a call, but it isn't happening."

In response, Bizzell and Doyle have asked the agencies to investigate. Bondsmen are registered with the Department of Insurance.

"I am confident the investigation will clear any employee of the Johnston County Jail of any criminal misconduct and ensure the integrity of the office," Bizzell said in a statement Thursday.

Bizzell also sent a memo to his jail staff, saying such behavior was unacceptable.

"As sheriff, I will not tolerate any unlawful, unethical or unprofessional behavior of any detention officer," he wrote.

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  • Ripcord Aug 13, 2009

    "Wow it is time to get rid of this sheriff, he has been in the news too much this year. I do not even live in this county but, I say send him on his way."

    Yeah? Well I do live in Johnston county and he's an outstanding sheriff. He's done a great job. This story is no reason to get rid of him.

  • Hy-Grade Aug 13, 2009

    Best sheriff since Matt Dillon...I vote Steve Bizzell for governor.

  • Hy-Grade Aug 13, 2009

    I vote Steve Bizzell for governor. Best sheriff since Matt Dillon...

  • kbo80 Aug 13, 2009

    Wow it is time to get rid of this sheriff, he has been in the news too much this year. I do not even live in this county but, I say send him on his way.

  • thinkb4youspeak Aug 13, 2009

    If he's so confident that the investigation will clear any of his employees from criminal conduct, why did he feel the need to send a memo saying that such behavior is unacceptable? Seems like you wouldn't need to tell them that if you are so confident they did nothing wrong.

  • gratefultoGOD Aug 13, 2009

    Keem em' Straight Steve. I hope you are treating the HONEST employees as you should. There will NEVER be another Freddy Narron!