The 18 female guards at a maximum-security prison in England were fired after they had sex with inmates. Details of the illicit relationships were revealed in Freedom of Information documents.
Three of them were prosecuted.
Over the course of six years, the illicit relationships took place at the privately-run prison in North Wales.
One of the guards, Jennifer Gavan, admitted to misconduct after she smuggled a cellphone to an inmate, who was later caught sending explicit pictures via WhatsApp.
Two of the female officers, Ayshea Gunn and Emily Watson, were sent to prison after they had affairs with prisoners.
Watson was linked to a drug dealer known as John McGee, who had been serving an eight-year sentence for causing a fatal crash.
According to Mark Fairhurst, the head of the Prison Officers’ Association, the illicit relationships were caused by the wrong kind of women being hired.
He noted that many of the new hires don’t have the necessary experience and are prone to being influenced by prisoners.
Figures released by the Ministry of Justice revealed that over 30 female prison officers in Wales and England were fired for having inappropriate relationships with prisoners.
One of them had a baby with an inmate.