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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Officers: More contraband showing up in jails

Lodi NewsInmates are given the bare essentials when they’re booked into the county jail.
Handouts are essentially limited to a jumpsuit, bedding, shoes, toiletries and three square meals a day. For other items, inmates rely on wit and creativity.

Every day, correctional officers in jails throughout the state confiscate an array of contraband either smuggled or made inside the jail.

Items range from tiny luxuries like tobacco, marijuana and alcohol to potentially deadly shanks made out of plastic, razor blades and more.

Today, contraband is finding its way into the San Joaquin County Jail — and many other jails — more frequently than ever. And despite daily searches by officers and dogs, there are not enough correctional officers to handle the massive influx, officers say.

“We search all the time, but we can’t find it all,” said Custody Lt. Robert Teague of the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department.

Teague said officers have confiscated more contraband in recent years than at any time during his 20-plus years as a correctional officer.

Inmates are clever, he said. And with more repeat offenders since realignment, jail officers are dealing with more inmates learning and knowing how to work the system.

“We have officers who are constantly looking for this stuff, but inmates are smart,” Teague said. continue reading...


Anonymous said...

Since when has marijuana and alcohol considered luxuries?

Anonymous said...

They are harmful substances.

And if safety and security were really as big a issue as they say it is. They would take whatever steps needed to keep contraband out. Including making a new no visits at all rule.

All free staff would agree to a metal detector search as well as a visual cursor search and bags etc.

Area's that are prone to drop offs like outside dorm/ranch would not exist. All housing should be inside a secure perimeter. They have shown us that being where they are isn't secure. (Walk offs) (drop offs).

Contraband can be stopped, if the correct measures are taken.


Anonymous said...

Marijuana and alcohol became luxuries since AB-109 was enacted and counties jails were not prepared.