Thursday, November 8, 2012

Nampa Juvenile Detention Center Worker Charged Following Allegations of Corruption, Sex

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 9:14 AM


In July, Boise Weekly reported on an alleged culture of corruption at the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections' Nampa detention center.

"One staff member was [sexually] involved with a juvenile. That juvenile became a staff member and now they are involved with another juvenile," an IDJC employee told BW.

In that shadow, the former safety and security supervisor at the facility, Julie McCormick, has been charged with felony lewd conduct with a child under the age of 16. McCormick was fired from her job at the facility in August, according to an IDOC statement.

BW's interview with IDJC employees, who launched complaints against their superiors, revealed a climate in which "inmates are allowed to run freely in unsupervised areas of the Nampa faciilty and even sneak away for sexual encounters in the detention center's showers."

The complainants also alleged that some IDJC employees have worked while intoxicated, violent offenders have been left unsupervised, and inmates with disabilities have been left ignored.

IDOC officials, while not commenting on the charges against McCormick, confirmed that the investigation came as a result of the complaints.

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