Florida Department of Corrections Banner, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Press Release
November 1, 2018
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Three Individuals Arrested for Contraband Introduction

JASPER, FlaThe Florida Department of Corrections announced the arrests of three individuals for introducing contraband into Hamilton Correctional Institution.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged Ronnie Goodman and Kwone Matthews with smuggling contraband into a correctional facility. Goodman and Matthews were observed dropping off contraband at the institution and later apprehended with evidence connecting them to the items found at the facility.

In a separate incident, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged OPS Food Service Worker Rachel Sheffield-Hawkins with drug possession and smuggling contraband into a correctional facility.

Following their arrests, Goodman, Matthews, and Sheffield-Hawkins, were transported to the Hamilton County Jail for booking. The Department acknowledges the cooperation and assistance provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information visit the Department's Office of Inspector General.

Click here to see the arrest affidavits. The following exemptions apply to the redactions:

119.071[2][e], F.S., exempting all information “revealing the substance of a confession” by a person arrested until there is a final disposition in the case.

The home addresses, telephone numbers, including cellular and personal pager numbers, social security numbers, dates of birth, and photographs of active or former department employees and/or their spouses and children; places of employment; daycare facilities, and/or schools of active or former department employees’ spouses and children (sections 119.071 (4)(d), F.S. and 945.10(1)(e), F.S.


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 96,000 inmates and supervises nearly 166,000 offenders in the community.

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