Illegal drugs into Canadian prisons have been an issue that no government have been able to solve
Correctional facilities across Canada are supposed to be some of the most secure places on earth and are meant to be drug free, however that is not the case. Whether it being minimum or maximum security, Canadian prisons have a major problem with illegal contraband being smuggled inside.
Illegal contraband being distributed in prisons has been a problem that have plagued every government that has controlled the Canadian Parliament. They have all acknowledge the problem exists, but no clear solution how to fix it.
Almost everyday Correctional Service Canada releases a press release indicating they have confiscated contraband within one of their facilities across the country. In every press release you will find the following statement;
“The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) uses a number of tools to prevent drugs from entering its institutions. These tools include ion scanners and drug-detector dogs to search buildings, personal property, inmates and visitors.” Correctional Service of Canada
Many facilities such as the Edmonton Remand Center has installed a body scanner that can detect if drugs are being smuggled into their facility, but drugs are still making it past the scanner to the inmates.
If all of these measures are put into place, how does illegal drugs keep getting into Canadian prisons?
- Prisoners are tunneling out of their cells at night to secure drugs Shawshank Redemption style and return before head count.
- Drugs are being smuggled in by correctional officers?
- Drugs are being smuggled in by police officers?
- Drugs are being smuggled in by correctional workers?
- Drugs are being smuggled in by family/visitors/lawyers?
- Drugs are being smuggled in by other inmates?
- Drugs are being smuggled in by mail?
No one likes to be accused of breaking the law but there has to be some factual answers as to why this is happening. We outlined the only logical ways we believe this is happening. In all instances, we sincerely hope we are wrong, because it means someone in a position of trust, is a stain on the system and putting a negative spotlight on their colleagues who are upholding the law.