Prisons' Drug Pipeline Targeted

Prisons' Drug Pipeline Targeted
Posted by FoM on November 29, 1999 at 09:49:37 PT
Associated Press 
Source: Akron Beacon Journal
 A bill before the Ohio House would strengthen laws against sneaking drugs into prison by imposing a mandatory prison sentence of up to five years for prison employees convicted of smuggling.Currently, the maximum sentence is one year.
Prosecutors and investigators say the move would make prison employees and inmates think before smuggling drugs into a prison.In 1995, 105 people were charged with carrying drugs into state prisons. Twelve worked for the prison system.Last year, 77 were charged, five of them prison employees.``Inmates can find (guards) who will get drugs for them. They can sniff them out like an animal can sniff out someone weak,'' said Rick Jones, a former prison supervisor and now a Butler County chief sheriff's deputy.``What a lot of employees forget is that once you bring it in, an inmate owns you. For the rest of the time that prisoner is there, he owns you, and will always have something over you.''After a recent investigation, Jones contacted state Rep. Gary Cates, and asked if laws could be strengthened. Cates pushed the bill to the floor of the House.Already, the state prison system works with the State Highway Patrol to monitor inmates' phone calls, send drug-sniffing dogs into prison parking lots and drug-test 5 percent of the state's prisoners each month.Working in prison is a thankless job that becomes more stressful when co-workers sell drugs, Jones said.``When a knucklehead goes out and tries this, it puts the lives of every employee in even more danger than it already is,'' he said.Published: November 29, 1999The Beacon Journal Publishing Co.
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Comment #3 posted by kaptinemo on November 29, 1999 at 17:47:21 PT
Common Sense? We can't have that!
AO, if common sense *were* all that common, then we wouldn't be in the mess we're in. After all, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to see what 200 billion spent in the last 30 years on the WoSD has bought us. Dave Barry once wrote that there must be a top secret 'stupid ray' that gets turned on otherwise intelligent office seekers after they are elected.This accounts for why some politicians, after sounding so sensible during the campaign, turn into knuckle-dragging idiots who spout DrugWarrior rhetoric as if Gospel. Sounds a lot like your 'stoopid stick'.  :)
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on November 29, 1999 at 12:47:32 PT
I Agree
Whacking these people with the stoopid stick! Great way of putting it! 
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Comment #1 posted by Alexandre Oeming on November 29, 1999 at 12:12:11 PT:
Yea, right
>Prosecutors and investigators say the move would make prison employees and inmates think before smuggling drugs into a prison.Sure. Think about ratcheting up the price because the risk went up. These idiots must just love their sound bites ... even McCzar says we can't arrest our way out of this! I just wish whoever is whacking these people with the stoopid stick would cut it out cause i want some common sense!
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