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Background Information

Employment History

Chief Jailer

Clarke County


Clarke County Jail

Jail Commander

Clarke County Sheriff's Office

Certified Jail Managers



Master of Public Administration degree

Web References (36 Total References)

In March, Clarke County's ... [cached]

In March, Clarke County's chief jailer Brett Hart got a letter from a federal prison.

Hart opened an internal investigation to find out how deputies were trying to recruit prisoners at the Clarke County Jail into the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, a religious sect with black supremacist overtones headed by York.
A month later, Hart was abruptly fired.
Clarke County Sheriff Ira Edwards gives only vague explanations why he fired the highly-regarded jailer; Hart, pondering a lawsuit, won't speculate.
But Hart's attorney sees only one possibility: Hart continued to press an investigation that his superiors didn't seem interested in pursuing.
Documents obtained by the Banner-Herald include correspondence between Hart and federal prison officials, as well as letters sent by a Clarke County sheriff's deputy and others to York at the maximum security prison in Colorado where the sect leader is serving a 135-year sentence.
But it wasn't until March 7, when the Special Investigative Supervisor's Office of the Colorado prison notified Hart that prison officials had intercepted a letter from a Clarke County sheriff's deputy to York, that the jail opened an internal affairs investigation.
While Hart contends the deputy violated jail policy by writing to a convicted felon, Edwards said the matter was discussed with an attorney who determined no policies were violated, although the policy about corresponding with prison inmates is being looked at for possible revision.
The day after the federal prison official contacted Hart and he initiated an internal investigation, a superior officer told the chief jailer to get the original letter, as well as the mailing label.
"That struck me as an odd request," Hart said in an interview Wednesday. "I saw no need for the original letter and mailing label since there were no criminal charges that would require handwriting analysis."
Hart said he received the originals March 29 and turned them over to a sergeant conducting the internal affairs investigation.
Two days later, Hart e-mailed the federal prison the names and addresses of four other deputies, asking for any letters they may have sent to York.
Hart said Edwards hired six Nuwaubian deputies, four of whom were among a group of former Macon police officers and firefighters who quit in 2004 after the city wouldn't investigate their claims that York was the victim of a conspiracy.
According to Hart, one of the deputies was verbally reprimanded last year for violating the jail's Code of Conduct by trying to distribute prohibited Nuwaubian literature to a maximum-security prisoner.
Jail policy forbids deputies from proselytizing any faith or beliefs to inmates or distributing religious literature that has not been approved by the jail's chaplain. Hart said some Nuwaubian literature was approved for distribution.
"We denied an inmate's grievance that he wasn't allowed a book, 'Was Adam Black or White,' which was full of racially inflammatory statements," Hart said of a book written by York.
"The chaplain later discovered material in the inmate's cell and it was confiscated," Hart said.
Hart said the Nuwaubian deputies' presence at the jail was disruptive, and not just because of their recruitment efforts.
Hart also contends the sect is racist.
"The Nuwaubians are a racial supremacist organization, and several white deputies were concerned if they found themselves defending against a black inmate, they wondered which side the Nuwaubian deputies would be on in a conflict between black and white," Hart said.
Abrupt termination
Edwards said his decision to fire Hart had nothing to do with Hart pressing forward with the investigation into Nuwaubian activities at the jail.
On the advice of his attorney, Hart declined to comment when asked if he was fired because of the investigation he initiated.
His lawyer, William J. Atkins, however, said, "I can think of no other explanation for Brett to have been terminated."
But Hart said it is a violation of jail policy for staff to communicate with convicted felons, and that the deputy should have been disciplined or fired.
He questioned the thoroughness of the internal affairs investigation and efforts by the sheriff's office to crack down on prohibited activities by deputies.
"The only thing I know is, on April 16, (the corporal) wrote to Malachi York again," Hart said.
Young did was give a rundown of the investigation's progress, and he listed (the corporal) as one of the deputies distributing Nuwaubian materials," Hart said in an interview Wednesday.
On April 3, Hart provided Young with additional information for the investigation, along with the name and telephone number of an FBI agent that the Colorado prison had also contacted concerning the deputy's intercepted letter.
"The sheriff gave no other reason for terminating me other than saying a change in jail management was necessary," Hart said. Placed on administrative leave, Hart's employment was officially terminated May 7.
Hart said Edwards ordered him to surrender his badge, gun and other county equipment, and had a captain drive Hart straight to the jail to clean out his office and then to his home.
"This treatment is normally reserved for staff who committed serious criminal misconduct, and it's known as the 'ride of shame,' " Hart said.
The sheriff denied Hart was harshly treated.
"The transportation furnished was not intended to belittle Mr. Hart," Edwards said.
Mr. Hart could have chosen a different means to go to the Jail and to his home."
Former chief jailer Brett Hart, left, started an investigation into reported attempts by the Nuwaubians to recruit inmates at the Clarke County Jail. A month later, Sheriff Ira Edwards fired Hart, explaining that "there needed to be a change in management of jail operations.
Hart's lawyer said there can be only one explanation for the termination of Hart, who was highly regarded: The Nuwaubian investigation.

Dwight York - United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors in the News [cached]

In March, Clarke County's chief jailer Brett Hart got a letter from a federal prison ...

... Hart opened an internal investigation to find out how deputies were trying to recruit prisoners at the Clarke County Jail into the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors ...

Mentally ill people all across Georgia ... [cached]

Mentally ill people all across Georgia are warehoused in jails, most of which do not have psychiatric units, according to Brett Hart, former commander of the Clarke County Jail.

"Yet because the public demands protection, and because jails are in most cases the closest physical structure capable of providing a physical barrier between the mentally ill person and the public, the same mechanism used for sane offenders - public call to police, police to scene, arrest made, offender taken to jail - is repeated for the insane," Hart said.

Ashworth University - Associate in Criminal Justice Faculty & Staff [cached]

Brett Hart, M.P.A., Corrections , Brett has a Master of Public Administration degree and is currently the Jail Commander for the Clarke County Sheriff's Office.He is a Certified Jail Manager (one of only three in the State of Georgia) and has 21 years of jail management experience.For his dedication to training, Brett received the President's Award from the Georgia Jail Association.Brett has taught many courses for police academy students.

American Jail Association :: Certification Program :: Listing of CJMs [cached]

Brett Hart, CJM

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