The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office is refusing to release details about a deputy fired recently for a series of administrative violations, including “seeking the release of an inmate.”
The deputy, Estravion Thomas, had been hired by the Sheriff’s Office in August 2010 and was terminated Oct. 9, said Philip Stelly, a spokesman for Sheriff Marlin Gusman.
A disciplinary committee cited Thomas for “lack of professionalism, failure to follow instructions from an authoritative source, associating with known criminals and seeking the release of an inmate,” said Stelly, who refused to comment on the basis of the allegations and did not respond to a request for records associated with Thomas’ dismissal.
The violation of seeking the release of an inmate, Stelly said in email, “may mean an employee tries to bond someone out, or it could mean that an employee tries to have someone released on his or her own recognizance.” He did not specify what Thomas had been accused of and which inmate was involved.
Thomas’ firing highlights Gusman’s struggle in recruiting and retaining deputies to safely staff Orleans Parish Prison, which is subject to a federal consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department. Susan McCampbell, an expert appointed by U.S. District Judge Lance Africk to oversee a series of reforms at OPP, said during a court hearing Friday that about 10 employees leave the Sheriff’s Office each month, although the office has seen small net gains in staffing.
Another deputy, Evelyn Tureaud, was arrested last weekend on allegations she smuggled contraband into the jail on more than a dozen occasions, in part because she had fallen in love with an inmate. Stelly did not respond to a request for information Friday about two other deputies who sources say have been subjected to recent disciplinary action.
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