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Articles by Jo Ellen Nott

Guards Nabbed for Worker’s Comp Fraud in Illinois and Massachusetts

by Jo Ellen Nott

On November 15, 2022, a guard at Illinois’ McLean County Jail was arrested and charged with worker’s compensation fraud after he allegedly lied about a work-related injury to goose his payout from the state-sponsored insurance fund by $10,000.

The arrest of Ryan C. Hitch, 48, came ...

New Cape Cod Sheriff Will “Rip Up” Agreement to Assist ICE in Immigration Enforcement

by Jo Ellen Nott

Come January 2023, Massachusetts’ Barnstable County Jail (BCJ) will no longer participate in the federal immigration enforcement program. The move comes over 15 years after outgoing Sheriff James Cummings (R) inked a June 2007 memorandum of agreement with U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) to perform ...

Virginia Prison Guard Charged With Murdering Fellow Guard Carrying His Unborn Child

by Jo Ellen Nott

The guard staff at Virginia’s Keen Mountain Correctional Facility (KMCF) is down by two, after one was arrested for fatally shooting the other, who was seven months pregnant with his unborn child. The fetus died along with its mother, Amber Dawn Compton, 35, whose corpse was ...

British Prison Guard Sentenced to 14 months For Sexting and Sending Photos in Her Underwear to Prisoners

by Jo Ellen Nott

A British prison guard in Lincoln, England, was jailed for 14 months at Lincoln Crown Court on October 26, 2022. HM Prison Service guard Emma Webster, 34, was convicted of misconduct in public office after pleading guilty to maintaining inappropriate relationships with two prisoners at HMP ...

Florida Jail Guard Fired and Charged with Battery After Slamming Prisoner into Concrete Wall

by Jo Ellen Nott

On October 26, 2022, a guard at Florida’s Nassau County Jail was arrested and charged with using excessive force on a detainee. Because Joshwa Edsall, 27, was still on his probationary period after his March 2022 hiring, he was also terminated by the county Sheriff’s Office. ...

Still No Charges in 2017 Homicide of Florida Prisoner Paralyzed During Guard Beat-Down

by Jo Ellen Nott

It’s been five years since Florida prison guards broke Craig Ridley’s neck and then denied him treatment for five days. He eventually died, and his death was ruled a homicide. But no criminal charges have yet been filed.

Ridley, 62, died on October 12, 2017, just ...

“I Fucked Up”: Retired Arizona Prison Guard and GOP Candidate Allegedly Caught Masturbating Near Preschool

by Jo Ellen Nott

A 27-year veteran prison guard retired from the Arizona Department of Corrections (DOC) suspended his run for the Maricopa Community College District Governing Board on October 20, 2022, after he was cited for public sexual indecency while parked in a lot in broad daylight close to ...

Former Pennsylvania Jail Guard Sentenced for Shocking His Kids With Electric Dog Collar

by Jo Ellen Nott

On October 24, 2022, a now-fired guard at Pennsylvania’s Somerset County Jail (SCJ) was sentenced for abusing his five children with a dog shock collar. John Wesley Bailey, 35, will spend four to twenty-three months on the other side of the bars at the jail where ...

Missouri Jail Guard Charged With Helping Teen Son Escape Juvenile Detention

by Jo Ellen Nott

On October 25, 2022, a guard at the St. Louis County Justice Center (SLJC) was charged with shattering a window at the building to help her son and another teen escape custody of county juvenile authorities. As a result, Michelle Royal, 39, now faces two felony ...

Michigan Warden Barred from Prison After Most Recent Prisoner Homicide

by Jo Ellen Nott

On October 18, 2022, the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) placed Warden George Stephenson of the Macomb Correctional Facility (MCF) in Lenox Township on “stop order” – meaning he is barred from the premises – pending an internal investigation.

Former MCF Warden Willis Chapman, who is ...