$351,000 of Contraband Seized in One Ontario Institution in One Month

Correctional Service Canada reports that during the month of July 2020, correctional officers and security intelligence officers at Collins Bay Institution, Kingston, Ontario seized multiple packages containing contraband and unauthorized items, both inside and outside the institutional perimeter, from suspected throw overs. The total estimated institutional value of the seizure is $351,010. Seized contraband and … More $351,000 of Contraband Seized in One Ontario Institution in One Month

Texas Department of Criminal Justice Introduce ‘Inspect 2 Protect’ Program

For the safety of everyone who spends any time in a secure Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) facility – offenders, visitors and staff – TDCJ’s contraband policy is changing to help keep our prisons safe for all. The Inspect 2 Protect program introduces new regulations for offender mail, revises canine and personal search procedures … More Texas Department of Criminal Justice Introduce ‘Inspect 2 Protect’ Program

Contraband Seized at Correctional Facility Calls for Secure Vendor Program

February 25, 2020, Ogdensburg, NY –As contraband continues to flow into correctional facilities across the state,  New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA) was joined by Assemblyman Mark Walczyk in calling on New York State Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to implement the Secure Vendor Program to stem the flow of drugs … More Contraband Seized at Correctional Facility Calls for Secure Vendor Program

New York Correction Officers and 15 Others Charged with Conspiring to Accept Bribes & Smuggling into Rikers Island

Three criminal complaints were unsealed 14.01.2020 in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging 21 defendants with conspiring to bribe correction officers employed by the New York City Department of Corrections (“DOC”) as part of narcotics smuggling conspiracies.  Three defendants remain at large.  The initial appearances for 12 of the defendants are scheduled 14.01.2020 before … More New York Correction Officers and 15 Others Charged with Conspiring to Accept Bribes & Smuggling into Rikers Island

54 Defendants Indicted in “Prison Empire” – Grand Jury Investigation

Another State Grand Jury Investigation Results in Indictments Alleging Drug Trafficking Facilitated Through Use of Contraband Cell Phones In South Carolina Prisons; 54 Defendants Indicted in “Prison Empire! In the USA, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced that the South Carolina State Grand Jury has issued a round of indictments in the drug trafficking … More 54 Defendants Indicted in “Prison Empire” – Grand Jury Investigation

HMP Winchester Still Unsatisfactory Despite Extra Staff & Funding

The 2018/19 Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) Annual Report for HMP Winchester is published today. The independent monitors say that, despite progress since their highly critical report last year, the prison’s performance is still unsatisfactory in a number of areas. In its 2018/19 annual report (PDF) released today, the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) notes that, in the year to … More HMP Winchester Still Unsatisfactory Despite Extra Staff & Funding

Contraband Crisis in Department of Corrections

“South Carolina Department Of Corrections is Facing a Crisis in Contraband” – Says United States Attorney District of South Carolina, Beth Drake  In April, 2019 United States Attorney Beth Drake announced the indictment and arrest of fourteen former employees of the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) on federal charges related to accepting bribes and … More Contraband Crisis in Department of Corrections

FDC Cancels Visitation Rights Following Visitors Caught Smuggling Contraband Into Prisons

The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) announced the cancellation of weekend visitations in response to significant contraband recoveries at many institutions.  Michelle Glady, FDC Communications Director: “The secure operation of our correctional institutions in support of public safety is our chief priority. We have zero tolerance for inmate misconduct or the introduction of contraband into … More FDC Cancels Visitation Rights Following Visitors Caught Smuggling Contraband Into Prisons

Could New Zealand’s Department of Corrections be a Blueprint for Worldwide Prison Authorities?

In a world where prisoners riot due to privileges being withdrawn, (Tobacco in UK prisons in July 2017), prison officers protest and strike over staffing levels, overcrowding and violent prisoners, (France in January 2018), and where rival gangs in prisons are slaughtering each other, (Brazil in January 2018), the New Zealand Corrections Department has managed … More Could New Zealand’s Department of Corrections be a Blueprint for Worldwide Prison Authorities?