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According to prisoners and employees, contraband is most often brought into prisons by staff.
A Year of COVID-19

Texas prisons stopped in-person visits and limited mail. Drugs got in anyway.

Agency data shows officers are finding just as many drugs — and writing up even more prisoners for having them — despite the restrictions. Contraband is most often brought in by staff, according to prisoners and employees.

A perennial problem

Officer shortages and money for smuggling

The accidental experiment

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