Newschannel 6 is once again asking tough questions about security at the Wichita County Jail Annex. In May, a Jailer was arrested after Officials say he tried to bring cigarettes and marijuana in for inmates. Kenan J. Lawry, 20, was arrested May 17. He has been charged with 2 counts of Prohibited Substances in a Correctional Facility, a Felony.
"We have a problem with it, not as much as we used to," said Wichita County Sheriff David Duke of the contraband problem. Duke said the inmates try everything they can to get under the skin of jailers. They start out by asking for a small favor and then eventually work up to getting a jailer to smuggle in contraband.
Jailers go through training about "Downing a Duck", a prison term for getting a guard to do the inmates favors.
All WCSO employees go through a strict background check before they are hired. Duke said Lawry passed with flying colors. "This kid came back clean as a whistle," he said. "I'd say 99.9% of our employees are honest and want to do what's right," said Duke.
Other steps have been taken under Duke to stop the problem. In the past, contraband could be left by dumpsters and then smuggled in during garbage detail. Now, dumpsters are behind barbed wire, and jailers monitor trustees on trash duty more carefully.