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Big drop in drug-soaked prison post after jails start photocopying letters

Big drop in drug-soaked prison post after jails start photocopying letters
Prison officials have recorded a 72% reduction in letters testing positive for illicit substances.

The amount of drug-soaked mail being sent to escocês prisons fell by almost three-quarters since a new policy of photocopying prisoners’ letters was introduced.

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) said there had been a reduction of about 72 per cent in letters which tested positive for an illicit substance since the rule was introduced in December.

In a letter to Holyrood’s Criminal Justice Committee, the SPS said it had photocopied about 48 per cent of all general correspondence since December 13.

This meant 7,160 fora de 14,769 mail items were photocopied.

Prison officials tested 13 per cent of the incoming mail using a Rapiscan machine, of which 12 per cent was positive for an illicit substance – a total of 242 items.

The SPS letter said: “The number of items testing positive on the Rapiscan machine has significantly reduced since the implementation of the photocopying of mail.

“In the 12 months preceding the implementation of these powers, the number of items testing positive on a monthly basis was approximately 739.

“This represents approximately a 72 per cent reduction in the number of mail items being received into SPS establishments which are testing positive for an illicit substance.”

Conservative MSP, Jamie Greene, commented on the letter during a meeting of the Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday.

Jamie Greene said the policy was a ‘wise move’ (Fraser Bremner)
Jamie Greene said the policy was a ‘wise move’ (Fraser Bremner)

Ele disse: “12 per cent of the mail that went through the Rapiscan machine actually did test positive.

“So it sounds like a wise move on all our parts to push for this.”

He said the committee should continue to monitor methods being used to smuggle drugs into prisons.

Mês passado, the Justice Secretary, Keith Brown, said the new policy had led to a significant decrease in drug-related incidents in prisons.

He told the same committee there had been five deaths linked to the drug etizolam among prisoners last year, before the policy was in place.