Third correctional officer terminated, warden re-assigned following jail conduct probe | Crime
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery Police Department says a third correctional officer has been cited for termination and the City Jail Warden has been temporarily re-assigned to other duties following an investigation into conduct at the Montgomery City Jail.
In July, two correctional officers were arrested and termination proceedings were started against them after an inmate reported that they had received contraband allegedly provided by correctional officers.
In a late-evening press conference, Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy said termination proceedings have now started against a third correctional officer and the Montgomery City Jail Warden has been temporarily assigned to other duties while an official investigation is conducted.
"The investigation, which continues to be conducted in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service, has indicated areas of concern relative to the jail," said Murphy. "We are focusing on what appears to be a degradation of safety protocols that extends beyond the initial allegations."
Murphy also added that as part of this investigation, a decision was made by the city along with the Marshals Service to remove federal inmates that had been housed in the Montgomery City Jail.
"The safety and security of our jail can't be left to chance," said Murphy,
The jail is also now under investigation by the Montgomery City Office of Investigations. Chief Murphy does expect more arrests and possibly more terminations relating to this investigation.