Monday, October 1, 2012

Guard Gets Job Back After Friending Inmate

Guard Gets Job Back After Friending Inmate, Heath Lara got fired when officials discovered a man in his prison was also his Facebook pal. Texas Prisons Approve Facebook Friending between Inmates and Officers, It might seem reasonable to assume that a prison guard and an inmate would not naturally be friendly to one another. A recent incident in the Texas Corrections System, however, is belying that notion -- with a social media twist.

Heath Lara, a prison sergeant at the state penitentiary in Huntsville, was fired from his job after officials learned that he had friended inmate Gary Wayne Sanders on Facebook. Sergeant Lara was dismissed for violating a rule that prohibits fraternization between officers and prisoners. Sergeant Lara appealed the decision, claiming that he had known Sanders in high school and was not aware that Sanders was an inmate in the jail where he worked.


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