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Convicted jail administrator speaks out

The former Crittenden County Jail Administrator sentenced for attempting to bring drugs in the jail is speaking out. In January 2006, Reginald Abram, the man who once ran the Crittendon County jail, will report to federal prison the start of 16 months hard time. Abram says he is a man full of regret, but one who is ready for his punishment.

"It really makes you think about the mistake you made and it hurts you so bad, because this here, to me this was just a start, I was looking to go higher," Abram said.

Two years ago Abram was on the fast track. At 28 he became Crittendon County's youngest and first African American jail administrator. But in August 2004, the top jailer was charged with taking money in exchange for getting cocaine to an inmate.

Back then Abram proclaimed his innocence. Today he admits, he is guilty.

"I just want to tell everybody that I'm sorry, you know sometimes greed can be something else," Abram said.

His greed cost him his career.

"I went from chief jail administrator sitting behind a desk, with a secretary and about 150 employees working for me, to getting ready to go behind a prison cell," Abram said.

He will spend 16 months in a federal prison, 16 months he says will be hell.

"No I don't want to go to prison, but its something that happened, and I've got to accept and I just want to get it over," Abram said.

Abram still has one more court appearance before he reports to prison. That will happen in Crittendon County in December when state charges against Abram are expected to be dropped.


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