Curran expresses concern over availability of drugs in prison

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Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Sinn Féin Councillor Brendan Curran has expressed his conern at what he believes is a ‘high level of drugs’ available in Northern Ireland prisons. Curran says it was brought to his attention after speaking to a former prisoner from his constituency who raised concerns over the issue. Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Curran said, “It is alarming how easy it is to avail of drugs within the prison system and the high level of drug taking that occurs within prison. I was approached by a young man who is also a constituent of mine, who was recently released from prison and I was informed that the payment for drugs is done via a postal order. “It appears that both the Post Office and prison officials are failing to flag this issue up and failing to prevent drugs from entering prison. This is a very serious issue, I will be writing to the Justice Minister David Ford and also my colleagues who sit on the Justice Committee to resolve this issue immediately.” MLA Mickey Brady added, “I will be questioning the Justice Minister David Ford, as the high level of drug taking in prison of both illegal and prescription drugs are unacceptable and could contribute to the loss of lives. “The prison system is failing the prisoners as they are supposed to be rehabilitated so that when they are released they can live law abiding and purposeful lives.”
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