Records: 4 correctional officers at Brownwood prison recommended for dismissal
BROWNWOOD, Texas —
Through an open records request, KTXS obtained documents detailing abuse at the hands of correctional officers at a Brownwood prison.
The reported abuse led Texas Department of Criminal Justice investigators to recommend the firing of four correctional officers at the Havins Unit, which is a pre-release facility.
KTXS submitted the request in April.
On Friday, the state agency responded with the names of all employees that were either suspended, demoted, or recommended for dismissal.
A total of nine employees have been disciplined at the Havins Unit since January of 2015 -- with four of those happening in March.
According to records, Craig Senkirik, Daniel Denton, Stephen Vela, and Javier Contreras were all recommended for dismissal by TDCJ's internal affairs.
A synopsis listed on the report stated that on March 2 Denton, who's a lieutenant at the Havins Unit, reportedly used excessive force by grabbing an inmate's shirt and pushing him to the wall, which didn't cause serious injuries.
That inmate was arguing with Denton and raising his voice, according to the report.
KTXS reached out to Denton, Senkirik, and Contreras for comment, but they did not respond.
Senkirk, Vela, and Contreras were accused by TDCJ investigators of witnessing Denton abuse the inmate and failing to report it, according to documents.
KTXS has submitted another open records request to get TDCJ’s completed investigation into the four correctional officers.
Jeremy Fesel, TDCJ’s director of public information, issued a statement to KTXS regarding the revelations of abuse.
"The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is fully committed to investigating any incident that is reported,” Desel said. “When necessary we can and do take swift action."