Drugs Within the Prison System

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Drugs within the Prison System
Socorro Pardo
DeVry University
Professor Wells
October 12, 2012

Drugs in the prison system have been a problem for corrections personnel for many years. The problems with drugs in prison are different in many parts of the country but the question remains to be how the drugs get into the correctional facilities. The breakdown of the use and abuse of illicit drugs within the prison systems is being based on a worldwide issue. The issue with drugs in the prison system consist of many things such as the widespread of flow of drugs in and out of the prison system, the control of or lack of control by prison employees, the drug gangs and the drug dealers that distribute the drug in the correctional facilities, the pace of addiction, and treatments that are available to inmates suffering from the drug addictions.
The main problem with drugs in prison has to do a lot with gang control within the correctional facilities especially in Mexico. According to the Chicago Tribune, “Six out of 10 Mexican prisons are "self-governed" by prison gangs or drug cartels.” The commission representative has informed that Mexico’s prisons are overcrowded and the shortage of staff and corrupted staff members is what the main problem is. Of the 430 prisons in the country 60 percent are controlled by criminal gangs. Overcrowding in the prisons and jails is a dilemma that is occurring in the national penal system. Mexico has only six federal prisons, where houses the dangerous cartel suspects and other inmates that are in there for drug trafficking, weapons possession and money laundering which are consider to be federal crimes in Mexico which bring increase to overcrowding in the prisons (Diaz , 2012)
Do to all the overcrowding which most of the inmates pertain to the drug has brought the prison system to be controlled by organized crime. Since prison employees are under paid that’s where corruption comes in because the prison guards are



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