A Cambridgeshire prison worker who smuggled in drugs and electrical items for a convicted murderer she was having a relationship with has been jailed.
Samantha Drinkwater, from Ramsey, met Michael Gregory while working as a teacher at HMP Whitemoor, near March, where he is serving life.
The 49-year-old admitted misconduct in a public office, possessing cannabis with intent to supply and smuggling an SD card into prison. She was jailed for two years.
The Prisons Minister said her actions were dangerous and "undermined" the whole prison.
In May last year, evidence of the pair's relationship was caught on camera, along with footage of Drinkwater passing small packages to Gregory.
Peterborough Crown Court heard how Gregory was a Category A prisoner and a “dangerous individual”.
Following her arrest, Drinkwater’s vehicle was searched and a quantity of cannabis, a small Nokia mobile phone and four miniature bottles of whiskey were discovered.
A search of her home uncovered a notebook with doodles detailing their relationship and a number of electrical items including SD cards.
When the prisoner was searched, officers found an SD card and a small quantity of cannabis. Content on the SD card matched material on an external hard drive seized from Drinkwater’s property.
Examination of the mobile phone found in Drinkwater’s vehicle revealed text conversations between her and another person that she later admitted was the prisoner.