Criminal Justice

Prison Officer Became Inmate at Westville

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November 5, 2013 – Indiana’s Department of Correction says one of its officers is now a suspect for two criminal charges, including a felony.

IDOC says Westville Correctional Facility Officer Mary Martin was arrested yesterday at the facility for official misconduct, a felony, and for misdemeanor trafficking.

It says she is under investigation by the facility’s Internal Affairs Department for trafficking with an inmate, with possible charges or internal disciplinary action pending for the offender(s) allegedly involved.

Facility Superintendent Mark Levenhagen says, “When our staff fails to do the right thing, we hold them accountable for their actions.  One employee can jeopardize the safety of everyone inside the facility, including their co-workers, and that behavior is simply not tolerated.”

IDOC says 51-year-old Martin of Michigan City reported for work at the start of her shift around 5:30 a.m. yesterday when she and her personal property entering the facility were searched.  It says that after a subsequent search of her vehicle parked on state grounds, Martin was questioned by Correctional Police Officers from the facility’s Internal Affairs Department, before her arrest and transport to La Porte County Jail by Correctional Police Officers.

IDOC says the trafficking did not involve an illegal substance, and it says Martin was hired in December 2007.


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