Lodi News — Inmates are given the bare essentials when they’re booked into the county jail.
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...