Prison Activist/ Exposure Magazine Contributing Writer
When I receive these confessions, it’s not a surprise but I can’t help but wonder who, what, when, where, and how.
The penal system depends on the support of female and male correctional officers to oversee the prison population. Their daily responsibilities include managing inmates that have stolen a piece of bubble gum, brutally murdered innocent bystanders, and everything in between. Although this violates oaths, officers are known to develop personal relationships with inmates. In some instances, those personal relationships become too personal and lead to sexual relations.
Consensual sex among inmates and officers is a serious issue and becomes even more serious when the sexual act leads to pregnancy.
As a volunteer in the Georgia Department of Corrections for over 15 years now, on occasion inmates confess that they have been sexually active with officers. Most of the time, the confession is sent in the form of a letter. When I receive these confessions, it’s not a surprise but I can’t help but wonder who, what, when, where, and how. On one occasion, a male inmate confidentially informed me of having sexual relations with a female officer. He openly shared how another inmate decided to snitch. The female officer was now under investigation. Officials had no concrete proof, only suspicion. When responding to his letter by mail, I had to be careful not to mention the incident, because the prison officials randomly read incoming mail. I did not want to provide any evidence that could be used in the case.
Consensual sex among inmates and officers is a serious issue and becomes even more serious when the sexual act leads to pregnancy. I recently read in the Atlanta Journal Constitution that a 23-year-old female correctional officer, Deenesha Carter, had a baby with an inmate serving a life sentence in a Georgia prison. Like other hot topics in the media, the public showed no mercy in their remarks.
Reading the cruel and heartless remarks on social media made my heart ache. Before announcing the sentence, Judge Howard Simms posed a one-word question to Carter: “Why?” She responded, “I’m young and I made a mistake.”
Twenty-three really is young. I know I made several mistakes when I was in my twenties. In fact, I’m still making mistakes in my forties.
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