A corrections officer at the Ncome correctional facility is in serious trouble after a video of the officer engaging in what appears to be severely inappropriate behaviour with an inmate.

The graphic video, which is gaining traction on social media, shows the officer initially in full uniform behaving in a manner that is unlikely to strike fear into the heart of potential criminals.

All joking aside, though, the video is highly problematic, with the officer clearly behaving unacceptably. Added to this – given the power imbalance between prison officials and inmates – serious questions need to be asked about consent and agency.

Yusuf Abramjee was one of the first people to share the story on social media slamming the officer, quoting the statement from the Department of Correctional Services.

“Sexual activities between inmates and Correctional Officials are shameful incidents that can never be ascribed to what is expected of our officials” read the statement.

According to the Department of Correctional Services, the offending officer has been identified, and the appropriate action will be taken against her actions. In addition to this, disciplinary action is also planned to be taken against the inmate appearing in the video.

The statement continues asking the public to please refrain from sharing the video, which would surely help minimize the department’s embarrassment. However, the request probably just shows how out of touch our government departments are from how the world works.

Sadly, the video is out there now for better or worse, and no amount of wishing will stop its inevitable march to viral status. For what it’s worth, though, it would be nice of anyone reading this if they were to refrain from sharing or viewing the video for the Department of Correctional Services sake.

“We appeal to those in possession of the video to refrain from disseminating it.”