Rachel Dollard charged with murder after kissing an inmate during visit to Tennessee

A woman who shared a kiss with an inmate during a visit to Tennessee has been charged with murder after the inmate died shortly after their exchange.

Rachel Dollard was taken into custody over the weekend by special agents from the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) and the Dickson County Sheriff’s Department, the TDOC confirmed in a statement Tuesday. She is accused of smuggling drugs into the Turney Center Industrial Complex.

Dollard is charged with second-degree murder and introducing contraband into a correctional facility and is currently in the Hickman County Jail, TDOC said.

The charges come after the death of Joshua Brown, who was serving an 11-year sentence on drug-related charges. His sentence was due to expire in 2029.

Tennessee Correctional Services

During a visit in February, authorities claimed Dollard passed drugs to Brown “when the two kissed while visiting the Turney Center Industrial Complex.” Dollard allegedly hid half an ounce of methamphetamine in her mouth and was able to pass it orally to Brown.

He swallowed the balloon pellet containing the drug but later died of an overdose at a local hospital.

Dollard was charged on a warrant issued on a sealed Hickman County indictment.

“This incident highlights the real dangers of introducing contraband into prisons and the ensuing consequences,” said David Imhof, director of TDOC’s Office of Investigations and Conduct.

“Our agency will take criminal action against anyone who threatens the safety of our staff, the men and women in our custody, and our facilities.”

The Department of Justice emphasized that it “uses a variety of tools to attempt to prevent the introduction of contraband into Tennessee prisons, including home searches of persons entering a facility, vehicle and cell searches, and drug-sniffing dogs.”

Body scanners will also be placed in all facilities.

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