Prison Guard, Clerical Worker Fired over Computer Parts Smuggled into TuckerMax

JANUARY 25, 2007 - Posted at 8:04 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Investigation of what officials say was a scheme to provide state prisoners with unsupervised access to computers has resulted in the resignation of one prison employee, the dismissal of two others, and placement of four on leave.  That's according to prison spokeswoman Dina Tyler.

Tyler said yesterday that computer parts smuggled into the Tucker Unit in Jefferson County, and then reassembled into working computers, allowed inmates to play games, watch DVD movies and potentially get access to the Internet.

Investigators found at least six rebuilt computers in buildings scattered around the Tucker Unit, northeast of Pine Bluff.  Officials don't know if the computers were used to send messages or communicate with others outside the prison, but Tyler says it was a possibility.

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