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Former MTC Guard Receives Probation for Candy Exchange

A former private prison guard received probation for accepting a candy bar as a bribe from a prisoner at the Giles W. Dalby Correctional Facility, according to the Lubbock Avalanche Journal ("Ex-prison Guard gets Probation for Taking Inmate's Candy Bar Bribe Offer," October 18, 2013). 

The charges alleged that a prisoner bribed Cesar Ceja, a former employee at the Dalby facility, in an effort to convince him to bring contraband into the prison in 2012. He also claimed that a prisoner offered him a Snickers bar in order to obtain chewing gum. Many facilities label chewing gum as contraband because it can be used to jam locks. 

"You know I'm giving you a break," U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings told Ceja, following defense attorney's Rod Hobson's suggestion that a lengthy probation would be as effective as incarceration. Ceja could have served a maximum sentence of two years for exchanging candy. 

The Dalby Facility is owned by Garza County and is operated by Utah-based Management and Training Corporation (MTC). It is a federal facility that houses prisoners who are often awaiting deportation.