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Non-surprise of the week

Via Mike Power, it seems that all of those drugs in our prisons are not smuggled in via the assorted orifices of girlfriends, mothers and other visitors.
The British prison service is spending £70m a year treating drug addicts when, according to insiders interviewed for a BBC radio investigation, corrupt warders are responsible for the majority of the drugs traffic into jails.

At England's largest prison, Wandsworth, they have tried to put a figure on the amount of drugs being smuggled inside. "A crude estimate on the value of drugs in Wandsworth is about £1m a year," says David Jamieson, the chairman of Wandsworth's independent monitoring board. "What we're talking about is a large-scale business... there are some serious players involved in this."

Well, what a massive fucking surprise that isn't.

I'm looking forward to the next prison warders strike: some prisoners might actually be able to wean themselves off the skag...


Blue Eyes said…
The prison authorities argue that drugs make the inmates' time more tolerable. It seems to me that prison isn't supposed to be nice, so why are we allowing inmates to have a high time of it?!
Ian_QT said…
@blue eyes: If true, that's one of the dumbest things I've heard in some time. Do you have a source for that?
Serf said…
Why not borrow a couple of dogs from Heathrow for a day. Sort out whose selling drugs.
Blue Eyes said…
No I don't but I have heard this argument peddled in several places. I don't think it's stated policy but more of a sop to stop jails getting out of hand. Junkies are less likely to riot, you see.
JuliaM said…
Is there any actual evidence for this?

Or is it just the say so of 'insiders interviewed for a BBC radio investigation'..?
Diogenes said…
I wouldn't blame the officers so specifically. Prisons in this country are a mecca for every type of whiney liberal .

Every day great hords of ethnic skirts and mustard cords queue up to do their bit to alleviate the suffering of the incarcerated victims of our cruel society.
Anonymous said…
I would blame the officers specifically. What are they paid for?
Anonymous said…
I have spent time in prison. Drug use is the norm. Only a very small ammount is smuggled in by visitors.
Prison officers search for, but hardly ever find any drugs. It doesn't add up. Drugs are there in abundance. How do they get there? Who gets them there?

Hardly rocket science.
Chalcedon said…
I have always wondered why the 'authorities' don't add valium to the water supply of prisons. It causes huge changes in personality and certainly makes those taking it docile and biddable.

Oh bugger. It's not ethical. So why isn't this utter disgrace for a government doing exactly that?
banjo said…
Hard drug users don`t tend to have many children,so why not give `em all they want and raise the average IQ of the nation a few points.
Rather like kids playing on railway lines,
it`s evolution in action.

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