Report: Ohio prison contraband up 64 percent since 2013


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new report shows that contraband seized in Ohio’s prisons increased nearly 64 percent from 2013 to 2015.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1obbcd5 ) says a Correctional Institution Inspection Committee report released this week shows there were nearly 6,500 contraband seizures in 2015. That’s up from about 5,200 seizures in 2014 and 4,000 in 2013.

The legislative prison watchdog agency report says the jump is probably due to more contraband coming into the prisons and an increase in searches.

The reports shows that drugs and alcohol were the most common items seized, along with weapons, cellphones and tobacco.

Staff members and visitors sometimes bring in contraband. It’s also brought in via mail or is thrown over fences. Drones have been used to drop contraband into prison yards.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com