Contraband in Prison

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Contraband can be defined as anything prohibited by law being imported and exported. When it comes to prisons, anything that can’t be bought in the commissary or that isn’t given to them when they get to prison is contraband. Contraband is a major issue behind the walls and can be anything from a “homemade” shank by the inmate, or drugs or weapons smuggled into the prison from various ways. Not only is different types of contraband in the prison a threat to the inmates lives, but also a threat to the officers on duty and other staff members. Some issues with contraband in a prison are: how did it get inside the walls, what are some ways to prevent it amongst the prison, and what are some different types of contraband found in prisons? If …show more content…
They also may get recreational hours taken away or something along the lines of this. In October of 2008 an inmate on death row in Texas called a state senator from his cell on a cell phone making threats about his two daughters, also telling him that he knew where they lived in Houston. The inmate wanted to prove a point to the senator that he was capable of doing and finding all this information out while being “locked up” in a maximum security facility. "Frankly, that scared the hell out of me,(Whitmire)”. Those were the words spoken of the state senator after notifying authorities after receiving the threatening phone call. Alcohol is another type of contraband in the prison system and is also a major problem in prisons. Inmates are capable of making their own alcohol fairly easy. Inmate-made alcohol has been more commonly known as “brew” or “pruno”. Pruno, or prison wine, is an alcoholic liquid variously made from apples, oranges, fruit cocktail, ketchup, sugar, and possibly other ingredients, including crumbled bread. Bread supposedly provides the yeast for the pruno to ferment. Pruno originated in prisons and jails, where it can be produced cheaply, easily, and discreetly. The concoction can be made using only a plastic bag, hot running water, and a towel or sock to conceal the pulp during fermentation. Its taste has been compared to vomit flavored wine coolers. The next question to be asked is: how does this contraband get through the walls and inside the

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