A California prison warden was removed from his job this week after officials learned that a sexually explicit comedy performance containing racially offensive material was presented to inmates, the Los Angeles Times reports. Charles Harrison of the Lancaster prison was demoted to associate warden in the aftermath of the May 4 show when a guard complained. The whistleblower, Lt. Charles Hughes, said Harrison had allowed comedians who had appeared on cable channels Comedy Central and BET to perform a show filled with profanity, racial and religious slurs, as well as crude jokes about sex and drug use.
Male comics asked inmates how many packs of cigarettes a woman would be worth, referring to two female corrections employees. The women were offended and left after the comment, said Hughes, who is a union representative. The prison, which opened in 1993, houses about 4,500 inmates. The show was held for about 300 minimum-security inmates.