Battling narcotics in jail mail

The creativity behind contraband smuggling is endless so it is imperative that correctional officials stay abreast with what inmates are conspiring


Mail sent to correction and detention facilities continues to be a popular method for introducing narcotic contraband into correctional facilities.

The situation has been made even worse by COVID-adjusted visitation policies that cause inmates and their outside cohorts to broaden the ingenuity used to conceal drugs from mailroom staff.

What most officers who work in mailrooms will acknowledge is that mitigation efforts are as much an art as a science. Knowing what the trends are and how to identify contraband requires a mix of intuition, knowledge, sensory acuity, intelligence, and, if available, technological or K-9 resources.

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