Supply and Remand

Article detailing how technology increased the accessibility trading drugs, and other commodities in prison.

From The Economist article:

Technology is making it easier to trade drugs in prison

Inmates at Oakwood prison in Staffordshire say drugs are easier to obtain than soap. Inspectors at Brixton prison in London said in August that cannabis use was so widespread that officers’ uniforms stank of skunk. Demand for drugs in prisons is high. Thanks in part to technology, the supply can readily meet it.

Drugs enter prisons in a variety of ways. Offenders released on temporary licences smuggle in contraband, as do some staff. Visitors conceal drugs wrapped in cling film in body orifices (known as “plugging” or “crutching”) or in babies’ nappies, then slip them to prisoners in cups of tea or crisp packets. Drugs are thrown over prison walls concealed in tennis balls or even in dead pigeons. Some arrive by post: not all letters are scanned. When one jail allowed inmates to receive Christmas cards, a surge in drugs ensued. One ex-offender got her sister to buy heroin and send it sewn into the hem of a towel. Read more.