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Former Federal Corrections Officer Sentenced for Providing Prisoners with Contraband

U.S. Attorney’s Office February 17, 2010
  • Southern District of Indiana (317) 226-6333

INDIANAPOLIS—Kevin D. Shively, 39, Terre Haute, Indiana, was sentenced to six months of home detention today by U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence following his guilty plea to providing contraband in prison. This case was the result of an investigation by the Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Shively was employed as a correctional officer at Federal Correctional Complex -Terre Haute from October, 2005, until his resignation in March, 2009. Shively disclosed to BOP officials that he had introduced tobacco into the United States Penitentiary component of the Federal Correctional Complex - Terre Haute on several occasions during the latter part of 2008 and into 2009. Shively stated that he had an addiction to pain medication and that the tobacco he introduced was exchanged with certain inmates for Percocet pills. The subject inmates had valid prescriptions for the drugs, would obtain the pills, feign digesting them, and then trade them with Shively for tobacco.

Shively had also introduced marijuana into the institution and bartered it for the Percocet as well. Although he at first denied this, Shively ultimately admitted to bringing in marijuana on one occasion. Prior to the disclosure of the conduct by Shively, BOP officials had no information regarding his introduction of contraband into the institution.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney James M. Warden, who prosecuted the case for the government, Judge Lawrence also imposed three years' supervised release, and 100 hours of community service.

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