Two ex-correctional employees charged with malfeasance in office

Published 2:39 pm Friday, December 22, 2023

VIDALIA, La. — Two former Concordia Correctional Facility employees were arrested Thursday for malfeasance in office in separate incidences.

Laila K. Terrell, 20, was arrested and charged with malfeasance for violating jail policy by bringing food to an inmate, the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release.

In a separate incident, former CPCF employee James Thomas, 19, was arrested for leaving his post while he was supposed to be guarding an inmate at a healthcare facility in New Orleans. When Thomas returned to Concordia Correctional, he had illegal drugs in his possession and was charged accordingly, the agency said.

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Thomas was charged with malfeasance in office, possession of contraband in a penal institution, introduction of contraband in a penal institution and possession of schedule I drugs with intent to distribute.

Sheriff David Hedrick said CPSO does not tolerate any action by employees that could potentially place the safety of citizens at risk.

“While it is not a representation of Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office employees, unfortunate incidences like these do occasionally occur and when they do, immediate action is taken to correct the situation,” CPSO states.