Within the last three years, 33 prison officers have been detained for trying to enter prisons with contraband.
This was revealed in the Senate Wednesday by National Security Minister, Stuart Young.
Young, in response to a question by Independent Senator Paul Richards, said the practice of screening all prison officers entering and leaving the prison continues.
In fact, he said “They have upped the level of monitoring and the other types of intervention that are taking place.”
And, he stated that a number of people, including active prison officers, have been detained as a result of these ongoing measures, which the Prison Service continually reviews.
Young told the House that the issue of prisoners throwing contraband over prison walls for people on the outside to collect is also being addressed. Young said the scanners and jammers being used by the Prison Service are operational.