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Augusta prison worker faces charges of smuggling contraband

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 11:59 AM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 1:57 AM
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An Augusta State Medical Prison employee has been arrested after admitting to smuggling contraband to prisoners during the past month.

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Melissa Brown


Melissa Lenett Brown, 34, of Hawk Street, is charged with trading with convicts without permission and giving convicts articles without consent of the warden.

According to an incident report, authorities were alerted to the smuggling during a check of employees as they entered the property Wednesday morning. Dog units gave a positive signal for tobacco products while walking around Brown’s vehicle. In the vehicle, officers discovered large amounts of tobacco, cigarettes, cellphones and a Green Dot debit card used by inmates.

The report said Brown admitted that over the past month an inmate would pay her $600 to $700 at a time by cash or debit card for the items.

Brown told police she would hide the items in her clothes while walking through checkpoints in the mornings, the report said.

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catawba7
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catawba7 01/17/13 - 12:12 pm
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Sad state of affairs

Why would she risk going to jail? This does not make sense to me. You are free, you are working, you see the life inmates must endure for their wrong doings and you still let greed lead you down the same path...unbelievable!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/17/13 - 04:09 pm
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A transfer to YDC is in her future?
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Or to the new sheriff's "winning the hearts and minds" division. The war is won when you eliminate the enemy.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/17/13 - 04:13 pm
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Shouldn't she be questioned for weeks
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and covert investigations actively pursued? She should have gone for a figure more $200,000. Good government help is hard to find.

vibe1
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vibe1 01/17/13 - 06:52 pm
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It goes on all the time....

They could arrest someone every day. Part of the problem is the quality of employees. It is a very under-paid facility. Until the pay scale there is adjusted to a more competitive rate, there will continue to be these kind of problems. "You get what you pay for...."

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 01/18/13 - 05:08 am
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vibe hit the nail on the

vibe hit the nail on the head. Whether you want to believe that or not, it's true. We see it all the time, just about every store you go to. Employees who don't have the proper education or upbringing just don't care about their work, their work ethic, or the ramifications of how they perform their job. It's all about self-entitlement. And, no, it doesn't matter about ethnicity....it's true across all racial lines.

scooter32
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scooter32 01/18/13 - 07:18 am
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I agree with Vibe, but

First of all how does an inmate be allowed to have a large sum of money like that? If an inmate can have $600-$700 on hand there's no telling what else they maybe buying!:)

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/18/13 - 08:33 am
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You sign a contract to do a job for a set pay.
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You don't like the job, leave and sell yourself somewhere else. " Oh I want the job, yes sir. But I ain't going to work because the pay is to low." Could we be forcing "entitlement babies" into 'forced labor"? The Justice Department needs to look into this case and many others. Forced labor is serious. Having to serve a few hours at a soup kitchen because I am a criminal, on welfare or Section 8 is demeaning to my self esteem.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/18/13 - 08:40 am
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Who is forcing people to take jobs
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they do not want, work they will not do, and wages below their standards? Minimum wage at $20 an hour would not instill a "work ethic" in these hang-ons. Raised and never weaned off the government teat.

my.voice
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my.voice 01/18/13 - 10:11 am
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What a shame. Its so easy to

What a shame. Its so easy to step across that line. And in the prison system, once you start, you cannot stop, they have you gut-hooked.

She looks like a nice lady, I am sorry for her family.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/18/13 - 10:30 am
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Why is is so bad to sell them

Why is is so bad to sell them cigs legally? With the amount of taxes that are imposed already, the state could bump it up and make a cool profit to allocate for better staff. On second thought, nah, makes too much sense to do it that way.

SuzyQ
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SuzyQ 01/18/13 - 02:13 pm
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Guards-Contraband

I have to disagree with vibe1 when it comes to the pay rate "reason". The woman took the job being well aware of the pay rate; she didn't have to accept employment- there are plenty of people who are willing to work, at her pay rate, who don't have her poor judgement and inability to walk away from "deals with prisoners". Using the "pay rate" is a poor excuse for committing these crimes- the fact is she is unethical, without honor and integrity-regardless of her pay rate.

vibe1
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vibe1 01/19/13 - 06:05 pm
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You missed my point SuzyQ.

You missed my point SuzyQ. The people who are ethical, with honor and integrity work elsewhere...because they can and with better pay. The "unethical, without honor and integrity" types are the people who work there...because they can't get the better paying job. Until the state improves the pay scale, this is the face of their staff.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 01/19/13 - 09:48 pm
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And where will the state get

And where will the state get the money Vibe1. Higher taxes to us probably. I am not willing to pay that just to keep a prisoner from having cigs.

AugustaCReader
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AugustaCReader 03/05/13 - 10:19 pm
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There are hundreds of cell

There are hundreds of cell phones in richmond county jail. Enforcement is a complete joke...you mean to tell me there going to charge this lady and not charge all the visitors bringing those phones in there to inmates everyday? If everyone of those inmates cells inside richmond county jail rang at once you could hear it for miles.

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