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cor­rupt. That equates to around 600 across Eng­land and Wales, of a to­tal of 33,000 work­ers.

And pris­ons have be­come flooded with drugs. Seizures of Spice – a su­per­strong syn­thetic form of cannabis – have rock­eted from 136 in 2011 to 4,261 last year, ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment fig­ures.

Dozens of videos filmed on il­le­gal mo­bile phones have been pub­lished on­line show­ing pris­on­ers suf­fer­ing the zom­bie-like ef­fects of the drug. Other footage shows a string of vi­o­lent in­ci­dents in­clud­ing or­gan­ised fights, ini­ti­a­tion at­tacks and ret­ri­bu­tion beat­ings.

Ris­ing lev­els of drug-fu­elled vi­o­lence be­hind bars have sparked calls for air­port-style se­cu­rity in ev­ery jail.

Peter Clarke, the Chief In­spec­tor of Pris­ons, told last month how he is be­ing bom­barded by com­plaints from in­mates. One pris­oner de­scribed how the “Spice­heads are out of con­trol” and mak­ing life a “night­mare”.

Mr Clarke wants to see the scan­ning of all vis­i­tors and staff to stop il­licit drugs get­ting into pris­ons. Some jails had be­come “vir­tu­ally un­man­age­able”, he said.

Drugs are not only be­ing smug­gled in by peo­ple en­ter­ing jails – they are also be­ing de­liv­ered by drones, or thrown over walls. The In­de­pen­dent Mon­i­tor­ing Board for Bri­tain’s largest Bri­tain, HMP Wandsworth, last month re­leased a highly crit­i­cal re­port on se­cu­rity.

It found that in one month, snif­fer dog searches were con­ducted on only 10 out of 31 days and there was a short­age of CCTV op­er­a­tors.


The damn­ing re­port said a “se­vere short­age” of warders was af­fect­ing “al­most ev­ery as­pect of prison life”.

Re­sult­ing prob­lems in­clude pris­on­ers be­ing locked in their cells for ex­ces­sive pe­ri­ods lead­ing to “bore­dom and frus­tra­tion” and con­tribut­ing to high lev­els of vi­o­lence. The re­port said staff short­ages were also pre­vent­ing ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing which was “vi­tal to the process of re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing of­fend­ers”.

A Prison Ser­vice spokesman said: “This be­hav­iour is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able.

“Those who break prison rules will be pun­ished and can face ex­tra time be­hind bars.

“We are tak­ing de­ci­sive ac­tion to find and block mo­bile phones in prison, in­clud­ing a £2mil­lion in­vest­ment to block mo­bile phone sig­nals.”

BULK­ING UP BE­HIND BARS Meat and pro­tein FOWL PLAY Show­ing off chicken COOK­ING CROOKS In­mates fry­ing steaks sneaked into jail. Below: Nando’s take­away sent on Snapchat STUCK IN­SIDE Ear acupunc­ture NICKED Lag’s girl­friend Sul­li­van

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