Local COs Arrested For Smuggling Contraband to Inmates


Note: Originally published on Sept. 24.

“Orange is the New Black” just got a little closer to Charleston.

Two Broad River Correctional Institution officers have been served with warrants accusing them of allowing inmates to acquire prohibited items like cellphones, tools and tobacco.

Former officers Jamar A. Brown of Orangeburg and Taylor R. Johnson of Columbia have been charged with misconduct in office.  Johnson resigned from office in June, while Brown resigned in August.

According to their arrest warrants, the officers allowed the inmates “to go outside and retrieve packages containing cell phones, tools and tobacco” on June 20. These items are considered contraband by the facility.

According to investigators, both men have admitted to the allegations.

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Scott Harvin is a sophomore Communication major with a minor in International Studies in the Honors College at the College of Charleston. Originally from Sumter, South Carolina, he is thrilled to be able to call the wonderful city of Charleston his new home, where he cannot wait to watch the next three years of his life unfold. Other than his academic career at the College, Scott is also a Resident Assistant in McAlister Residence Hall, a tour guide for Charleston 40, a member of the Student Ambassador Program and a News Contributor for CisternYard News. All of this can only mean two things: first, he knows pretty much anything anyone could ever want to know about the College and second, he never sleeps. Despite this, he still finds time to explore his passions for music, photography and adventure, collecting vinyl records while traveling the southeast with close companions to root out the best experiences, restaurants and events the world has to offer. He does all of this while pursuing his ultimate dream: becoming a journalist for a major news branch, preferably in New York, where he hopes to live out the American Dream. “You may call him a dreamer, but he’s not the only one.”

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