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

Illicit Phone in Prison Used to Mastermind Drug Ring & Money Laundering

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that 29 people were each indicted for Drug Conspiracy, punishable by not less than 10 years imprisonment and up to a $10,000,000 fine, yesterday 18th September, 2019 All 29 defendants are charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, with some of those defendants … More Illicit Phone in Prison Used to Mastermind Drug Ring & Money Laundering

10 Prisons Project Sees Drops in Violence and Drugs

Violence and drug use at some of the UK’s most challenging prisons in England and Wales have fallen following a trailblazing year-long programme, Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer MP announced today (22 August 2019).  The 10 Prisons Project was a ground-breaking attempt to turn around some of the most difficult jails through enhanced security, strong leadership … More 10 Prisons Project Sees Drops in Violence and Drugs

Flaming Socks the Latest Way to Smuggle Drugs into Prisons

The “common-or-garden” sock has many uses within the prison community; from being filled with aggregate or heavy objects to make a weapon, to being used to make “hooch” or prison alcohol.  Now they are being used as part of the latest tactic to smuggle contraband into Irish prisons. Although not new, the flaming socks sporadic … More Flaming Socks the Latest Way to Smuggle Drugs into Prisons

Investigation After Leaked Phone Footage of Drugs In South African Prison

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services of the Republic of South Africa, Ronald Lamola has ordered an immediate investigation into Durban’s Westville Correction Facility after videos taken on mobile phones appeared on social media showing inmates indulging in drugs and in possession of weapons. The two videos were leaked on Monday 24th June, following news … More Investigation After Leaked Phone Footage of Drugs In South African Prison

Former Correctional Officer Sentenced After Smuggling Contraband into US State Prison

Mark Edward Jeffery, a former Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) officer, who smuggled alcohol, drugs, and contraband cellphones into Hays State Prison, has been sentenced to federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.  “Smuggling illegal contraband into a prison jeopardizes the safety of jailers and inmates alike,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. … More Former Correctional Officer Sentenced After Smuggling Contraband into US State Prison

Corrections Officer Pleads Guilty to Scheme to Smuggle Opioids into US Prison

A former corrections officer at the Massachusetts Correctional Institute facility in Norfolk, USA (MCI-Norfolk) pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston in connection with a conspiracy to smuggle Suboxone strips into the facility for an inmate. Steven J. Frazer, 29, of Cumberland, R.I., pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with one count of … More Corrections Officer Pleads Guilty to Scheme to Smuggle Opioids into US Prison

Bali Prison Guard Arrested for Attempting to Smuggle Drugs into Prison

The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) in Bali has arrested a prison guard at the Kerobokan Penitentiary for allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs into the prison. The BNN has also arrested an inmate on suspicion of suborning the guard to smuggle the drugs. The prison guard, identified only as MT, 27, was arrested on Saturday morning … More Bali Prison Guard Arrested for Attempting to Smuggle Drugs into Prison

PCC’s Present Plan to UK Government to Tackle Organised Crime in Prisons

Four Police and Crime Commissioners in the West Midlands,  are presenting to the UK Government a hard-hitting six-month study into crime in prisons after months of research and multi-agency work. The in-depth look at crime behind bars also presents a future plan for straightforward solutions to tackle criminality across the prisons estate. Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire’s Commissioner … More PCC’s Present Plan to UK Government to Tackle Organised Crime in Prisons