Being a prison guard isn't an easy job, besides the constant threat of physical danger from the inmates, they must face constant temptations of corruption. Not all prison guard crimes are related to smuggling drugs, cell phones, and other contraband, some crimes are a little more personal in nature.
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It is these personal crimes that have led two female corrections officers to resign after it was revealed they were having sex with inmates at a prison in WA. The two female corrections officers were employed by Serco and worked at Acacia Prison until they tendered their resignations.
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The pair's resignations followed an internal investigation by the Department of Justice. A Serco spokesperson said in an interview with WAtoday, "Serco can confirm two female staff members at Acacia Prison have resigned over alleged professional misconduct. Serco is investigating the allegations."
The Department of Justice was made aware of the allegations by the private operator Serco. "The Department of Justice is aware of the resignations at the privately run facility," a spokeswoman said. "Issues of staffing and meeting contractual obligations are Serco’s responsibility. The Department of Justice expects both its own staff and those of contractors to behave ethically, professionally and responsibly at all times."
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The two resignations are just the latest among six that were received since the current prison director John Thompson was hired in September 2016. Since Serco took over the prison's management in 2006, a total of 12 resignations have been tendered that are all believed to be related to prohibited sexual relationships between prison guards and prisoners.
"The vast majority of prison officers do a very good job in very difficult circumstances," he said. Zak Kirkup, the corrections minister, said the actions of only a couple officers shouldn't be considered a representation of all prison employees.
"Any professional misconduct in a prison environment is very concerning and needs to be thoroughly investigated and the public fully informed as to the circumstances," Kirkup said. "I expect the minister to provide an update to the parliament next week as to exactly what has occurred and how he will prevent it happening again."
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Why are they just resigning? I thought they would go to prison themselves for, ya know, breaking the law?