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Prison employee charged with taking bribes

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — An employee of the federal prison in Danbury has been arrested on charges that she took part in a scheme to collect bribes from inmates in exchange for recommendations that they be released early to halfway houses.

Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Kisha Perkins of Waterbury was arrested at her home Friday morning. She appeared in federal court in New Haven was released on $100,000 bond.

A woman who answered the phone at Perkins' residence said she was not available to comment.

The complaint alleges that Perkins approached a co-worker last June and offered to split a $20,000 bribe from an inmate if the co-worker would endorse early release. The co-worker refused and contacted authorities.

Perkins is charged with aiding and abetting in a bribery scheme of a public official.

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