September 25, 2015
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TALLAHASSEE –The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) Office of Inspector General (OIG) today arrested former Correctional Officer Shannon Curry following a criminal investigation. Curry has been charged with Introduction of Contraband into a Prison Facility and Unlawful Compensation by a Public Servant. The charges stem from an incident which occurred on June 8th, 2015 at Wakulla Correctional Institution, where he was formerly employed. Curry attempted to introduce contraband into the facility, but was intercepted during a routine search. It was later revealed that he had received compensation for the contraband items over an extended period of time. Curry resigned immediately following the incident.
Secretary Julie Jones said, “Inherent to the trust placed upon our correctional officers is the expectation that they will adhere to the Department’s values and conduct themselves in a manner befitting their role as custodians of our state’s offenders. I applaud the Office of Inspector General for their continued efforts to identify and charge individuals who engage in criminal activity.”
Following the arrest, OIG Inspectors transported former Correctional Officer Curry to the Wakulla County Jail. The Office of Inspector General acknowledges the cooperation and assistance provided by the State Attorney’s Office in the 2nd Judicial Circuit.
For more information regarding the Department’s correctional officers and the Office of Institutions, please visit http://www.dc.state.fl.us/orginfo/ci.html.
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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.
Information, which if released, would jeopardize a person’s safety. § 945.10(1)(e), F.S.
Active criminal investigation or criminal intelligence information. § 119.071(2)(c), F.S.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 23,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.