Alto prison employee arrested


“A Lee Arrendale State Prison employee was arrested lWednesday, March 13 and charged with allegedly providing prohibited items to inmates at the facility near Alto.

Officer Katlyn Rochell Harwell, 26, of Martin was arrested on five criminal
warrants signed by Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge B. Chan
The first warrant charges Harwell with violation of oath of office, alleging she
entered the guard lines of the prison facility between Jan. 1 and March 12 of
this year while in possession of a cell phone and “an undisclosed quantity of
Newport cigarettes and directly provided them to an offender in custody in
exchange for money”.
Two of the warrants charge Harwell with possession of prohibited items by a
state inmate, while two others charge her with trading with an inmate
without consent of the warden.
She was booked in at the Habersham County Detention Center in
Clarkesville, where she posted a total bond of $16,600 and was released on
Friday, March 15.