Drugs within the prisons have been a growing concern for many years now. The amount that the offenders are able to get within the walls of these security facilities is extraordinary. As many may wonder, how do they get them inside the prison? The tactics that they use to get these drugs are very interesting. There are many different methods for them to obtain their fix.Everyone knows that somehow and someway offenders are able to obtain drugs while in prison. The problem is actually pretty severe. The Washington Times had an article that said that there were 1,000 drug seizures annually in California prisons. This is shocking because that is just what they are able to find, there is a lot more going on than just that. It also stated that between 2006 and 2008 forty four prisoners died of an overdose. A lot of prisoners come into the system clean, but once inside of prison develop a habit. Prison life is not a joyous one, nor is it supposed to be, and that is why many people turn to drugs to cope with their surroundings. It is no surprise that the drug problem has become worse over the years since the War on Drugs has started and that is the main increase of our prison systems. Of course once the offender gets in they are not going to stop using when there are ways to get the illegal substances.
Prisons are obviously trying their hardest to stop these drugs from entering but it is easier said than done. They have implemented x-ray machines so that they are able to see inside of packages, they do a very thorough search of visitors, they have dogs come in to searches, implemented drug treatment programs, but the problem still exists. One of the main ways to get access is by, unfortunately, crooked prison guards. The other common way is to have visitors bring them in with them or have them launch the drugs over prison walls.
The gangs within the prison have most of the control over the drug market and therefore prices are extremely high, around 10 times higher than on the street. A report showed that an inmate can make up to $7,000 a week dealing heroin. This is another issue for prisons because it causes major tension between gangs, which usually results in violence. Gang related drug activity is actually one of the main causes of prison violence.
This problem is daunting to many prison administrations but they are all adamant to keep trying to fix it. With prison rates increasing dramatically, the problem is more likely to become harder to end. The irony of the situation is that we imprison people for using/dealing drugs, but even after putting them behind prison walls their behavior continues with ease.