Texas Parole Officers Arrested for Taking Payoffs to Ignore Crimes


Four Texas parole officers were jailed in Houston yesterday as authorities began the first arrests in a year-long federal and state investigation into allegations that the officers took payoffs to ignore drug-trafficking and other illegal activity by recently freed convicts, reports the Austin American-Statesman. Federal authorities said the four officers worked at two Houston parole offices, where allegations of bribery and exchange of sexual favors had been under investigation for some time. Separately, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department announced that three employees at its troubled South Texas lockup, the Evins Regional Juvenile Center, were arrested on charges of official oppression and tampering with records over allegations that youths were abused by guards.

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