IOWA Prisons Prepare as Opioid Epidemic Increase

Iowa’s Department of Corrections is preparing for a possible increase in the number of inmates infected with HIV and hepatitis C because of the opioid epidemic, an outcome that could put pressure on an already cash-strapped system. State public health officials say they have yet to link any new HIV infections to opioid use, but … More IOWA Prisons Prepare as Opioid Epidemic Increase

UK Prison Fears Letters are ‘Soaked in Drugs’

Increased levels of violence caused by psychoactive substances had seen  UK Prison, HMP Wealstun inmates and staff needing hospital treatment, the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) revealed. Its report said staff at the jail near Wetherby were dealing with issues involving drugs up to 10 times a day. The Prison Service said it had increased the number of … More UK Prison Fears Letters are ‘Soaked in Drugs’

Crackdown on drugs, drones and mobile phones in prisons

A huge haul of drugs and mobile phones has been recovered since the introduction of detection measures to crackdown on prison contraband. 225kg of illicit drugs recovered from prisons in 2016 over 20,000 mobile phones and sim cards recovered criminals using drones to smuggle phones and drugs into prisons jailed for a combined total of over … More Crackdown on drugs, drones and mobile phones in prisons

Rheinmetall technology for securer prisons – important first orders

Rheinmetall AG has won two important first orders for protecting sensitive government infrastructure from aerial drones. In Switzerland, the central prison in Lenzburg and the intercantonal penitentiary in Bostadel have contracted with the Düsseldorf-based high-tech group to install drone detection equipment known as the Radshield system. Consisting of an array of video cameras, infrared sensors and … More Rheinmetall technology for securer prisons – important first orders

World Drug Report 2017: 29.5 million people globally suffer from drug use disorders, opioids the most harmful

Vienna/New York/ Geneva, 22 June 2017 – In 2015 about a quarter of a billion people used drugs. Of these, around 29.5 million people – or 0.6 per cent of the global adult population – were engaged in problematic use and suffered from drug use disorders, including dependence. Opioids were the most harmful drug type … More World Drug Report 2017: 29.5 million people globally suffer from drug use disorders, opioids the most harmful

Importance of opioid antidote Narcan in Jails

According to the CDC in the United States of America, over 47,000 people died from overdoses in 2014, most from opioids like heroin, hydrocodone, OxyContin, morphine and fentanyl. Whilst the number of state and federal prisoner deaths in the US was 3,927 only 49 of those deaths were officially linked to drug/alcohol intoxication according to the … More Importance of opioid antidote Narcan in Jails

Recently freed inmates deliberately re-offending to cash in on drugs

Former inmates are deliberately getting sent back to prison to cash in on lucrative profits on offer for selling drugs previously known as “legal highs”, according to a new report. Prices for the substances can jump 33-fold once they cross into jails – providing prisoners with an incentive to go back behind bars to make … More Recently freed inmates deliberately re-offending to cash in on drugs

Correctional Officers indicted in prison smuggling ring

A racketeering scheme at Maryland’s largest state prison, The Eastern Correctional Institution (ECI) in Westover, USA was uncovered following a tipoff from a Prison Guard. On September 29th 2016, 80 people including 18 correctional officers, 35 inmates and 27 “outside facilitators” (someone on the outside that delivered food to the Correctional Officers to smuggle inside … More Correctional Officers indicted in prison smuggling ring