A female corrections officer, who had resigned from an Australian jail after it emerged she’d been sleeping with an inmate who was locked up for killing a policeman, has been arrested for engaging in sexual activities within the prison premises.
Janel Sands, 26, who was working as a corrections officer at the Deberry Special Needs Facility in Nashville, Tennessee, when the alleged incidents occurred, was arrested and charged with having sex with an inmate.
According to an indictment obtained by Fox 17, Sands had sexual contact with the same inmate once in March and once in April.
Sands was booked into the Davidson County Jail on Thursday morning.
The inmate she reportedly had sex with is assigned to the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center.
Following the revelation and arrest of Sands, the Tennessee Department of Corrections, TDOC, has vowed to prosecute the correctional officer.
In a statement, the TDOC said Sands behaviour did not only violate the TDOC Code of Conduct, but it is also criminal and strictly prohibited by state and federal law.
“Not only does this type of behavior violate the TDOC Code of Conduct, this behavior is criminal and strictly prohibited by state and federal law. The safe and secure operation of prisons is key to the Department’s mission and any threat to that mission will be rooted out and dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. As you can see from the vigorous prosecution by the Department, this type of behavior will never be tolerated by TDOC.”
Sands was charged with having sex with prisoners or inmates. She is being held on $3,500 bond.