Corrections Officer Denies Wrongdoing

A Fayette County correctional officer accused of giving inmates illegal items is speaking out to 27 NEWSFIRST, saying he didn't do anything wrong.

29-year old John Cockrell of Georgetown was arrested Friday, charged with promoting contraband.

State Police say a more than month long internal affairs investigation at Blackburn Correctional Complex led to his arrest.

Cockrell spoke to 27NEWSFIRST, saying he was arrested after being caught with prescription drugs at work. He says he was supposed to take the pills while he was at work.

Cockrell admits not following proper procedure, he says he never intended to give the drugs to inmates.


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  • by questionable Location: KY on Jan 10, 2008 at 02:37 PM
    I believe he just wanted to put all of this behind him and get on with his life, by admitting yea he did something wrong, that is what being a human is all about right? who can honestly say that they have never made a mistake in their life? NO BODY CAN! you can correct me if i am wrong, but wasnt the drugs in another bottle... not the proper ones? that seems a lil suspicious to me. As for them adopting a child...i think that child can go to a much better family, already having 5 small kids, i dont think they could have the attention that girl needs, especially in a time like this. If it was such a dire need of taking the medication at work, he should have asked his boss about taking it in a special room where his boss could witness him taking the medication and putting the medication away in a safe place where no prisoners could get access. just a simple resolution to that problem.
  • by Jack Location: Danville on Jan 3, 2008 at 03:05 PM
    This young man clearly made a mistake. Judging from the facts as I know them, this does not deserve jail time but he should have probally been fired. The public doesn't understand the environment that exists within a prison. Frankly, if someone doesn't know what it's like inside the razor wire fence, you probally can't comment with knowledge on the morals and conditions of the officers. I don't know anything about Blackburn but I work within one of Kentucky's roughest prisons and I understand why staff cannot bring in any medication. It is imperitave for the safety of all staff that inmates are restricted form obtaining items such as this. The public already are grossly in the dark about the hard work and high training that it's correctional officers go through without this kind of bad press.
  • by ex employee BCC Location: Frankfort on Dec 30, 2007 at 11:22 AM
    So the Witch Hunt has began!!! The only way they keep employees inline is by threatening the same consequences for anyone that stands up for whats right. Guilty or Not Guilty is a matter of the courts, However I hope that some outside agencies are looking into this because thier Internal Affairs is just a puppet in a crooked Warden's Game.
  • by anonymous Location: ky on Dec 27, 2007 at 10:14 AM
    Catrina, I am sorry to hear about your husband. As someone who used to work in the prison system, I know that if you (edited) the wrong person off, or if you put your family first, then they will do a witch hunt. If the higher ups feel that you are not dirty like some of them are, then they can't stand it. Please, fight these accusations with all that you got. I myself have had to take prescription drugs after I had a major surgery and had to bring them to work, people do forget to report their medicines that they are taking, that is human error. Good Luck.
  • by Jay Location: lagrange on Dec 27, 2007 at 10:05 AM
    I'm just speaking with exprience, I will never understand why someone would do a job with such low pay, except to make money on the side. I know what GUARDS make and I could make that at mcdees, shoo, get a real respectfule job and maybe someone will give you a break,oh if your not pulling time here in one of the 4 prisions we have here in lagrange. Jay the man with the plan
  • by William Location: Frankfort on Dec 27, 2007 at 09:34 AM
    He never meant to get caught that is the only thing he never meant to do.
  • by Dear everyone Location: Lexington on Dec 27, 2007 at 09:26 AM
    Cockrell's case is in the hands of the court system now. If he is innocent then he should be fine, if not then he will suffer the consequences. Funny how every TV station in town carried this story and Cockrell's opening statement is "I know what I did was wrong. I know it violated their policy." When wrongdoing is discovered it is supposed to be reported. In this case it was. Cockrell admitted that he quickly resigned in an attempt to avoid being arrested. That doesn't sound like the actions of an innocent man to me. Cockrell's attempts of portraying himself as a victim reminds me of that line from Shakespeare..."I think thou protesteth too much." I feel sorry for Mrs. Cockrell because it sounds as if Mr. Cockrell has been misleading to her. She now also suffers from the error of his judgment. Again, it is seriously wrong to admit, as Cockrell did, that he is the one in the wrong here yet he tries now to be the victim and shift the blame elsewhere. Take you lumps and better yourself.
  • by Catrina Cockrell on Dec 27, 2007 at 06:42 AM
    Thanks to everyone that is helping support us at this time and the ones that are not you must have done something wrong yourselfs and ended up in jail or prison and now hold a grudge against officers. He is one of the good guys trying to do his job to support his family. To the one that says location lagrange you have no reason to judge my husband when it looks like your in prision yourself for wrong doing. Yes my husband made a mistake by taking them to work with him but everyone has made a mistake in there life time no one is perfect.
  • by Bill on Dec 27, 2007 at 06:07 AM
    Must have found out he's a republican.The purge begains.
  • by Amanda Location: Campton,ky on Dec 26, 2007 at 11:48 PM
    I'm a correctional officer and I must disagree with u jay about saying that we make the correction system so corrupt.You shouldnt be judging all correctional officers unless your one urself.yes maybe he needs to do time for this but all of us correctional officers arent the same,so don't ditch all correctional officers,for we may have to take care of u someday.
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