FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Three employees of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet were suspended after jail inmates were caught working in a room with tobacco and several pornographic magazines.
As a result of the rule violations, the Franklin Regional Jail's Government Services Program suspended the cabinet as a worksite.
Assistant Director of Administrative Services Brian Easton and Facilities Management specialist Steven Lewis were suspended in January five days without pay. Building Maintenance Superintended Richard Lyons received a three-day suspension without pay, but has appealed the decision.
A jail official found the inmates in July working in a room with the tobacco and magazines, resulting in the suspensions.
Cabinet spokeswoman Cathy Lindsey told The State Journal (http://cjky.it/WLHebv ) the cabinet would be restored as a worksite after the employees complete a training program in May.
The issue arose during a routine check of the jobsite in July, according to a report obtained by The State Journal via an open records request.
Sgt. Justin Muravchick with the jail found inmate Robin Langdon sitting at a desk in the basement of the building with loose tobacco in a pile and empty cigarettes, the report says. When asked what he was doing with the tobacco, Langdon said, "I am rolling cigarettes for the boss man. You can go upstairs and ask him," referring to Lewis, according to the report.
The jail removed Langdon from the work detail. A follow-up check Oct. 23 uncovered a cigarette rolling device, a used can of dipping tobacco, cigarettes and 33 pornographic magazines, some dating back to 1993.
Inmates who worked under Lewis around Oct. 23 said during interviews that Lyons owned the pornographic material and Lewis had inmates rolling cigarettes for a friend during work hours.
Inmates also told investigators they were frequently left alone and made phone calls, another violation of supervision requirements.
The employees, who were suspended in late January, said they were aware of the pornographic magazines, but Lewis denied knowing the inmates had tobacco.
Easton, according to the report, asked Capt. Richard LeMay, director of custody and program operations at the jail, whether having inmates roll cigarettes was wrong.
"You were well aware of this violation because you received training . and had a previous similar incident involving inmate Langdon," Easton's suspension letter said.
Information from: The State Journal, http://www.state-journal.com