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December 29, 2013

Former prison officers, inmates charged

Bribery indictments filed against 11 people involving former CCA pre-parole facility

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The Democrat left a message for a corporate spokeswoman with the Corrections Corporation of America, the facility’s operator at the time, but was unable to reach anyone for comment by deadline.

It was not clear whether any of those indicted had been arrested or were in custody Friday.

The Democrat was unable to obtain information on the current status of Guittard and Glover’s jailer licenses as the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement was scheduled to be closed for eight business days for the holidays.

The contraband issue, with banned items ranging from cell phones to illegal substances, may have helped lead to the 2,100-bed facility’s closure earlier this year.

The facility faced the chopping block repeatedly in recent years, with some legislators citing contraband issues at the facility, which was originally part of a U.S. military base at the site and later purchased and renovated to become a minimum-security prison operated by CCA.

While cutting TDCJ’s funding by more than $97 million over the course of two years, the Legislature left it up to TDCJ to decide which prisons would be affected.

Citing capacity needs, safety and security issues, the design of the facilities and other factors, TDCJ opted not renew CCA’s contract to operate the Mineral Wells facility and the Dawson State Jail in Dallas. 

Though the facility permanently closed July 30, Parker County grand juries have returned dozens of other indictments in recent months involving allegations of illegal contraband at the facility over the past several years.

Others indicted last week on felony charges in connection with the bribery investigation include Michael Adair, Dustin Baker, Amber Barker, Humberto Cavazos, Mark Edward Covington, Maria Hernandez, Keith Looney, Starr Madison, Gabriela Magdaleno, Walter Eugene Merideth Jr., Christopher Reid, Michael Revell, Aaron Slagle, Carolyn Tune and Laurence Cantwell.

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