PSP: Guard brought drug paraphernalia into York County Prison

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A recently terminated York County Prison corrections officer is being investigated for allegedly bringing drug paraphernalia into the Springettsbury Township facility earlier this month, according to state police.

The 39-year-old Wrightsville woman brought the paraphernalia into the 3400 Concord Road prison about 2 p.m. Aug. 2, state police said.

Police have so far not identified her by name but released preliminary information about the case on Thursday, Aug. 16.

York County Prison in Springettsbury Township, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016.

Prison employees discovered the contraband, and an investigation determined it was the 39-year-old woman who brought it in, state police said.

It remains unclear what kind of drug paraphernalia was found.

It's also not yet known whether it was for her personal use, or whether she brought in paraphernalia for an inmate. State police said the investigation is ongoing.

The woman has been terminated from her position, according to York County spokesman Mark Walters.

York County Prison's newly formed Intelligence and Security Office conducted an internal investigation and determined she brought in the contraband, which was then turned over to state police, Walters said.

'Zero tolerance': York County Prison Warden Clair Doll told The York Dispatch on Friday, Aug. 17, that prison staff being found with contraband is not a regular problem.

"We have a very dedicated and professional staff who work here. ... We have zero tolerance for this," the warden said. "We search everyone coming into the prison, whether they are inmates or staff."

When prison officials learn of contraband being brought into the prison, they review the incidents and the prison's policies to determine whether those policies can be tweaked, according to Doll.

"Unfortunately, drugs can come in very small packages," he said. "But that doesn't mean you don't keep trying to improve."

York County Prison Warden Clair Doll
(Photo courtesy of York County spokesman Mark Walters)

Modifying policies: Doll said that next month, the prison will be modifying its entrance policy. He said that was in the planning stages before the paraphernalia incident came to light.

The new policy will increase security by limiting the number of items that can be brought into the facility, according to the warden.

Doll said there are other ongoing efforts to improve security as well.

"We're looking at some new technology that would detect and prevent drugs from entering the facility," he said.

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