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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Prison Drug of Choice: Tobacco

NEWS _Tobacco isn’t allowed in Washington’s prisons, but that hasn’t stopped some inmates from lighting up.

Smoking has gone underground since a 2004 statewide ban, making cigarettes and tobacco products a popular and lucrative form of contraband – and a headache for prison administrators.

Systemwide statistics weren’t available from the Department of Corrections, but cigarettes, loose tobacco, rolling papers and fire sources were some of the most frequently seized items at one South Sound prison in 2007, a News Tribune review of records found.

Tobacco products were found and seized at least 127 times at McNeil Island Corrections Center last year. That averages out to roughly one in every 10 inmates at the 1,300-man facility being caught with tobacco.

It’s definitely the inmates’ “drug of choice,” said McNeil Island prison superintendent Ron Van Boening. “There are more smokers than users of other kinds of drugs,” he said.

Read the article here

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well, the drug of choice is starting out as sugar and now the Colorado legislature is trying to keep students from this horrible drug by passing a law...

Any student caught with this contraband will be put into the supermax prison being built in Canon City for just this type of horrible offense...24 hours a day of solitary confinement...Zavaras has to keep these prisons full...