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Washington Prison Employees Show of Favoritism Towards Prisoners Merits Dismissal

The State of Washington Personnel Appeals Board (PAB) has held that dismissal of a prison employee who mismanaged the prisons recreation program, showed favoritism to prisoners, and engaged in improper transactions with prisoners, including a cash transaction with the girlfriend of a prisoner is appropriate.

Before the PAB was the appeal of Jesse Greenlow, a Recreation Specialist 3 who worked at the Mc Neil Island Correctional Center (MIOO)for 25 years. The PAB found that the evidence proves that Greenlow brought his personal printer to the prison for prisoners use; allowed prisoners to fill out their time cards and sign off on their hours; authorized prisoners to utilize two different lockers in the hobby craft area when only one is allowed; allowed a prisoner to order supplies for wood items when the prisoner was authorized for ceramic crafts only; authorized prisoners recreation workers to pick the area they wanted to participate in without paying the required registration users fee; approved the entry of musical equipment into MICC for prisoner use, bypassing the required channels; brought in musical equipment for prisoners to use; sold a musical keyboard to prisoner Cory J’s girlfriend and accepted $250 in cash: and he arranged a sales transaction for prisoner Cory J’s keyboard to be purchased by another prisoner through the prisoners family member.

The PAB found these actions were gross misconduct that damaged Greenlow’s “creditability and compromised his effectiveness” as a prison employee. His acts of favoritism put him at risk for prisoner manipulation. The cash transaction alone “was so egregious that it warrants the most severe disciplinary sanction available,” the PAB said. Thus the dismissal was affirmed. See: Greenlow v. Department of Corrections, PAB No: Dism_04_0034 (2005). The PAB ruling is in the brief bank.

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Greenlow v. Department of Corrections