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Corrections Officer Found Guilty

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office described the matter this way:
” Between August 2007 and October 2010 Singletary plotted with others to bring into the prison complex heroin and high-grade marijuana. After selling them prisoners, he “had the residents pay for the drugs by wiring money to co-conspirators outside the prison.”

Now, Singletary has been convicted of the crime in Hudson County. The charges were made worse because there were other involved in the scheme, making it a conspiracy to commit a felony, along with misconduct and bribery. Of the six other men charged in the case, one was acquitted and the other five have already pleaded guilty to a variety of related charges.

Sentencing won’t be until next month, but Singletary could get as much as ten years behind bars. The surprising thing is that, working in the corrections system as he did, he would be very familiar with the risks he was taking. Every working day he would have interacted with those who had run afoul of the criminal justice system. Yet he still strayed.

For the public, stories like these bring a loss of trust in the very people who need it most, our law enforcement officers. But it’s important to remember that Singletary is just one of thousands of corrections officers in the state and he can’t be seen as representing anyone but himself. No other officers were charged, after all.

It is still disturbing that even in prison, drugs have such a hold on people that they will do whatever it takes to score. The reports didn’t comment on any extenuating circumstances or whether or not Singletary was threatened by prisoners or coerced into smuggling drugs for them. That still wouldn’t excuse the crime, but it would at least make it easier to understand.

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