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Prison records reveal Nouman Raja's family told PBSO detective inmates were trying to extort him

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Posted at 4:32 PM, Sep 30, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — New jail records show Nouman Raja's family members may have been worried for his safety in prison.

It's been five months since the former Palm Beach Gardens police officer began serving his 25-year sentence for the death of Corey Jones in 2015.

Raja is currently at Wakulla Correctional Institution in Crawfordville. It is a minimum to medium security level prison southeast of Tallahassee.

Shortly after Raja was sentenced at the end of April, he was transferred to a Department of Corrections facility in Miami. Jail records show that by the end of May, he was moved to the Wakulla Annex.

On June 5, Raja began his jail job assignment as a 'houseman,' a title used for janitorial duties.

On June 10, a prison supervisor received a call from a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office detective stating that Raja contacted his family and said inmates were trying to extort him.

In an interview with the shift supervisor, Raja denied the claim and said he did not fear for his safety, handwriting, "I do not require any additional protection at this time."

The supervisor said Raja will remain in the 'Dorm Protective Management Unit.'

As of June 31, Raja's job title was switched to "ASST. IMPAIRED I." The press secretary for the Florida Department of Corrections said the job involves working with disabled inmates.

Records show that as of late August, Raja has been visited once by his wife and children for nearly three hours. On the same day, the visit overlapped with a visit from a paramedic in Tallahassee who used to work in Palm Beach County.

Raja's jail records show his minimum release date is May 29, 2040. He and his attorney are in the process of filing an appeal.