A PRISON visiting wing with children’s play areas is being exploited by inmates to get drugs in, a report has found.
Visitors have been caught handing over hard drugs to lags in the unit, which free cuddly toys for kids and has comfy sofas.
Visitors at High Down prison have been caught using the kids area to hand over drugs[/caption]
The Independent Monitoring Board said 14 attempts were intercepted at Category C High Down prison in Surrey — compared with two in 2021.
It said: “The availability of illicit items, including drugs, alcohol, mobile phones and to a lesser extent, improvised weapons, continues to be a major concern.”
High Down has already banned prisoners from having underwear sent to them, after some were soaked in the drug spice.
The report added: “Instances of prisoners being under the influence of new psychoactive substances/cannabis or hooch are recorded almost daily and prisoners tell us that illicit substances are relatively easy to get hold of.”