Tecumseh Caseworker Says She Was Surprised By Inmate’s Note

TECUMSEH – A Johnson County judge sentenced a Tecumseh prison case worker to nine months probation in May after she entered a plea to a misdemeanor charge related to improper communications with an inmate.

Charges were filed after Janet Yates, 54, of Beatrice failed to report misconduct after an inmate handed her a note that asked if they could be friends.

Yates said she was picking up written inmate communications like normal on Feb. 7 and was surprised to see her name on one of the notes. She said notes and other paperwork are an appropriate form of  inmate communications, but not when they are handed to a prison worker personally.

She said she was supposed to fill out an inmate misconduct report, but, due to her inexperience, she wrote “no” on the note and returned it.

Yates said she did not have a relationship with the prisoner, 40-year-old John Fair, who is serving a sentence of 40 to 60 years for second degree murder in Lancaster County.

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