High times in London lock-up

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: Cell phones, Security, Spotlight
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So much cannabis in Brixton prison that guards’ clothes smell of it

Inspectors of London's Brixton prison report inmates smoked so much pot during the last inspection, the smell permeated their clothes afterward.

Inspectors of London’s Brixton prison report inmates smoked so much pot during the last inspection, the smell permeated their clothes afterward.  What a trip.

Ilse Bruijn |  Brixton Blog

Inmates at Brixton Prison smoked so much cannabis during an inspection that the guards’ and the assessors’ clothes smelt of it, an official watchdog report has revealed.

The Independent Monitoring Board called it a “significant failure” and said not enough action was taken by the prison to tackle the drug problems after they discovered in the autumn of 2012 that the supply was coming from men who were on temporary release.

Mobile phones were also “readily available” and the board said that “both drugs and phones increase the possibility for debt, victimisation, and bullying…”

Due to staff shortage drug tests could not always be carried out and the prison only has one sniffer dog at its disposal…

A Prison Service spokesman told the Evening Standard that the use of drugs was taken “very seriously” and that “swift action” had been taken to tackle the problems at Brixton.

He added: “The number of prisoners testing positive for drug misuse has fallen. Offenders are well aware that anyone caught with prohibited items will face swift and robust punishment.” (Full text at Brixton Blog)
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Having toured a typical Commonwealth prison in Australia, Paco feels it may be instructive to give the readership an occasional glimpse into UK corrective services. The lax, client-centered modality employed there is the direction CDCR is slouching. Read up and get ready for a screaming contact buzz. -

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One Comment to “High times in London lock-up”

  1. Bob Walsh says:

    The more they become “clients” or “stakeholders” and the less they are thought of as “prisoners” or “convicted felons” the easier it is to not give a shit about security.

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