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.”
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