On July 9, 2014, an assistant warden at the Dixon Correctional Center in Illinois was dismissed from his position and escorted off the prison grounds after it was discovered that he tried to give a former prisoner some money.
Charles Fasano "violated department rules," said a source inside the department, who asked that his name not be used because he was not authorized to release the information.
Fasano, said the source, "did not do so for personal or financial gain. He did not seek or receive anything in return from the released offender, and he apparently did not violate any laws, but he did violate department rules."
Fasano was one of two recipients of the 2013 Samuel L. Sublett, Jr. Award, which is given by the Illinois Correctional Association to employees who excel in the area of prison reform.
Prior to being hired by the Illinois DOC in 2010, Fasano worked for 12 years with a prison reform group that conducted yearly audits of Illinois prisons. Fasano was later hired on by the DOC as Agency Medical Coordinator, where he oversaw the reform of the department's medical treatment of prisoners. Three years later, he was hired on as assistant warden at Dixon.
When asked to confirm Fasano's ouster, Tom Shaer, spokesman for the Illinois DOC, was only able to say that Fasano no longer worked for the department.
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