A north Mississippi correctional officer is one of two in the state system in trouble for actions on the job. Candace Mason, 31, is charged with having sex with an offender.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections says Mason has worked for the prison system for just under two years. She was arrested November 9th at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. She was taken to the Sunflower County jail, and is out on $10,000 bond.
If convicted, Mason faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Megan Lynne Deese, 30, pleaded guilty Monday to trying to introduce contraband, and sentenced to five years with placement in the Recidivism Reduction Program. If she does not complete the program, she will have to return to court for sentencing.
Deese was working for the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville when she was caught May 11, 2015, bringing in 22 cell phones, 10 cell phone batteries, five Bluetooth headsets, and 15 cigars.
Deese had worked for MDOC for two years.
“Hearing about both of these cases within days of each other while we are trying to move corrections forward in Mississippi was not pleasant news, but the message needs to be understood that zero tolerance is for everyone, including staff,” Commissioner Pelicia E. Hall said.