CMC guard guilty of smuggling
October 20, 2011
A employee at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo County was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail for smuggling tobacco to prisoners. [Tribune]
Kevin George Malone, 48, was found guilty of three bribery counts in accepting $20,000 in exchange for tobacco he gave three prisoners over two years. San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Michael Duffy also ordered Malone to pay a $40,400 fine, serve three years of felony probation, and provide 150 hours of community service.
Several CMC guards, who prefer to remain unnamed to protect their employment, told CalCoastNews that some guards, upon reaching retirement age, routinely smuggle cell phones and tobacco into the prison. When caught, they quickly retire and generally do not face criminal action, the employees said.
The correctional officers said that complicit prison guards frequently escape charges of smuggling contraband into prison. Since the disciplinary process is expensive and creates bad publicity, California prisons are often content with merely accepting resignations from offending officers.
In June, Kern County, however, bucked that trend by sentencing Avenal State Prison correctional officer Randy Motl to a three-year prison sentence for bribery. Motl admitted to distributing cell phones and tobacco to inmates in exchange for cash, electronic devices and toys for his children.
A former CMC guard recently retired after being accused of bringing contraband into the prison.
Correctional officer Miguel Mendes was allegedly videotaped smuggling cell phones into the prison. Mendes retired on June 10 after 17 years at the prison.