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Clarion County Jail Work Release Program Suspended After Workers Smuggle Contraband

Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 03:01 PM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

clarion-county-jailCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – The Clarion County Jail Work Release Program was suspended after inmates decided to smuggle contraband into the jail when they returned at the end of the day.

“Work release prisoners were warned numerous times not to bring contraband items back with them to the facility,” said Warden Jeff Hornberger. “It was nothing illegal, but the contraband was things like chewing tobacco or smoking tobacco.”

The inmates are searched when they returned, but Hornberger said nothing is found.

“Back in the middle of December, we did a complete shakedown of the block and found some contraband,” said Hornberger. “They were put in common areas where it could not be identified with one particular person like in the dayroom or bathroom. One person can’t be responsible, so they figure no one gets in trouble.”

“We told them if this continues, we’re going to suspend work release.”

The first suspension was three days,

Hornberger warned them that is if it happened again, work release would be shut down indefinitely.

“About a week and a half later, we found more in the block,” Hornberger told exploreClarion.com on Thursday.

“We had to take a stand that they need to abide by the rules and regulations.  It is a privilege to go out and work while you’re incarcerated. We can’t tolerate them bringing back contraband items.”

The program has been shut down for about a week, and Hornberger said that it’s undetermined at this point in time how long it will last.


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