It has been brought to our attention yet again on issues concerning one of the prisons. This time it is Montana State Prison. The officers are discussing inmates cases with other inmates. This is a breach in confidentiality. A female officer has been accused of discussing an inmates case to a group of inmates. This officer is on the low side. We looked into the inmates case and what she is saying is wrong. Why would an officer tell other inmates unless they are just trying to stir up trouble or up to no good? Why is a female officer loitering around with enough time to be buddy chummy with a group of inmates to even be talking about an inmates case? This is too personal and not the job that an officer is hired for. These inmates on the low side are usually going to be up for parole and some of them are in appeals process or working on a post conviction. Some are working on their innocence if they are innocent. A guard should not set someone up to fail because they can’t keep their mouth closed or they can’t get sex elsewhere. Is this done on purpose just to maintain the warehousing of inmates?
This is are the code of ethics that officers are suppose to go by from Montana Department Corrections Own Website:
- I shall perform my duties with high standards of honesty, integrity and impartiality, free from personal considerations, favoritism and partisan demands. I shall be courteous, considerate and prompt when serving the public.
- I shall maintain respect and professional cooperation in my relationships with other department staff members. I will not sexually harass or condone sexual harassment of any person. I shall treat others with dignity, respect and compassion.
- I shall report job-related illegal or unethical behavior to the appropriate authority.
- I shall provide offenders with humane custody and care, void of retribution, harassment, abuse or mistreatment. I shall maintain confidentiality of information that has been entrusted to me and designated as such. I will not incur any personal obligation that could lead any person to expect official favors.
- I will not discriminate against any offender, employee or member of the public on the basis of age, race, gender, religion, creed, political belief or national origin.
- I shall conduct myself in a manner that will not demean offenders, fellow employees or others.
- I shall uphold the tenets of the United States Constitution, its amendments the Montana Constitution, federal and state laws, rules and regulations, and policies of the department.
- Whether on or off duty, in uniform or not, I shall conduct myself in a manner that will not bring discredit or embarrassment to the Department of Corrections and the state of Montana.
- I will not use my official position for personal gain.
- I shall maintain acceptable standards of personal hygiene, grooming and neatness while on duty or otherwise representing the department.
- Without a doubt these officers are not only breaking the Department of Corrections standards but in some cases they are breaking the law. Montana this is ludicrous with what these department officials and staff are getting away with. We have to hold them accountable!