An officer at Illinois’ maximum-security Stateville Correctional Center smuggled a cell phone to a gang leader incarcerated for murder, allowing him and other inmates to talk to outsiders unmonitored for about six months, the Chicago Tribune reports. The same guard, a street gang member himself, allegedly smuggled heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine or marijuana to eight other inmates, most of them gang members serving long sentences for murder convictions.
Two other Stateville correctional officers were charged, one with providing narcotics and sex to inmates and the other with arranging drug deals. U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald emphasized that the investigation at the prison near Joliet continues. He praised the Illinois Department of Corrections for helping root out corruption.
The most serious charges were leveled against Robert Goodner, who allegedly concealed his affiliation with the Gangster Disciples street gang when he was hired at the prison in early 2001. He was charged with smuggling a cell phone to a leader of the Four Corner Hustlers street gang serving a life sentence for murder, rape and kidnapping. He allegedly did so in return for marijuana and an introduction to a female friend of the gang leader.