The Civil Service Commission ruled that a Corrections Officer was correctly fired for maintaining a relationship with an inmate of MCI Framingham in Tina Jones v. Department of corrections CS-09-516 by adoption of the finding by administrative Judge Fink of the Division of Administrative Law appeals on January 28, 2010.
In reviewing the facts, the Commission found that the Officer, Tina Jones had maintained a relationship with an inmate once paroled that included allowing him to drive her vehicle with a revoked license (for which he was arrested with her in the vehicle intoxicated), and violated several policies in relation to relationships with and notification to superiors of contact with ex inmates. This all came to light when the Inmates Parole Officer and Taunton Police, using the address supplied to him by the Inmate as his place of residence arrived at Jones apartment in Taunton to arrest the defendant for Parole violations. There, Jones lied about the Inmates whereabouts before they found the Inmate in bedroom. During this time a Massachusetts Department of Corrections jacket was in plain sight hanging. When asked whose it was by police, Jones denied it was hers before relenting and admitting she was employed there.
Subsequently, after being re incarcerated the Inmate called his mother and sister whom Jones knew as well and inquired to her status several times asking at one point if she “wanted to be with” him.
The list of firing offense here is staggering. From ethical and policy violations she was fired for to Criminal violations she could have been charged with (the inmates operation of her car, interfering with Police, and Obstruction) the fact she appealed her firing is amazing. Any one of the offenses would sustain the action against her.
Attorney Ronald A. Sellon