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· North Carolina

Jailers find smokeless tobacco between inmates butt cheeks (photo)  

Jump to full article: Shelby (NC) Star, 2012-02-27

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A Gastonia man put some wintergreen flavor between a different set of cheeks as he tried to smuggle the contraband into Gaston County Jail on Saturday, according to a warrant affidavit.

Asheton Killiant Biggerstaff, 24, of 305 Michelle Lane, Mount Holly was returning to jail from work release when two officers searched him.

The two officers, Deputy Roy Weaver and Cpl. Weylan Purser, found two bags of wintergreen smokeless tobacco hidden between his buttocks.

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· Fires/Injuries
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· Honduras

Honduran official says prison fire likely caused by cigarette 

Jump to full article: Reuters, 2012-02-22
Author: Gustavo Palencia

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A devastating prison fire that killed 360 inmates in a Honduran penitentiary was likely caused by a candle or cigarette that set a mattress alight, a Honduran prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Danelia Ferrera, a senior official in the attorney general's office, said an investigation involving Honduran and U.S. agents had found no signs that arsonists set the fire in the Comayagua prison north of the capital, Tegucigalpa.

One of the worst jail block fires in history spread through the prison on February 14, burning prisoners alive or asphyxiating them as they were trapped in their cells.

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· Fires/Injuries
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· Honduras

US team says Honduras prison fire was an accident 

Jump to full article: Associated Press (AP), 2012-02-21
Author: FREDDY CUEVAS and MARK STEVENSON Associated Press

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U.S. investigators concluded Tuesday that the deadliest prison fire in a century was accidental, and may have been caused by a lit match, cigarette or some other open flame.

President Porfirio Lobo also announced he is pardoning a prisoner who helped free hundreds of inmates after the guard with the keys disappeared. In at least one case, a witness said the hero inmate picked up a bench and broke the lock on a cell.

The U.S. Embassy in Honduras said in a statement that a team of investigators from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives "was able to rule out other possible causes of the fire, such as a lightning strike, electrical causes, or the use of a flammable or combustible liquid."

The death toll from the Feb. 14 fire at the Comayagua prison rose to 360 Tuesday after another victim died in a Tegucigalpa hospital from his burns. . . .

"The cause of the fire is believed to have been an open flame (the source of which could include, but is not limited to, a cigarette, a lighter, matches, etc.), although the actual ignition source was not recovered."

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· Fires/Injuries
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· Honduras

Honduras officials says dropped cigarette may have caused fire that killed hundreds 

Jump to full article: Associated Press (AP), 2012-02-21

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The Hondurans government says a dropped cigarette may have set off the prison fire that killed at least 359 people in the city of Comayagua.

Witnesses have told officials that a prisoner fell asleep while smoking, dropping it to his mattress.

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· Louisiana

Woman arrested on smuggling tobacco charges  

Jump to full article: Bastrop (LA) Daily Enterprise, 2012-02-15
Author: Wes Helbling Bastrop Daily Enterprise

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An Arkansas woman who tried to smuggle tobacco into the Morehouse Parish Jail has been charged with possession of more than just the tobacco.

Morehouse Parish Sheriff Mike Tubbs said deputies and parole officers were transporting inmates from the parish jail to court appearances on Tuesday afternoon, when they observed Rebecca Wilcox of Hamburg, Ark. give loose smoking tobacco to inmate Stanley Bryant. When deputies searched Wilcox, they found marijuana, meth and two types of prescription pills on her person.

Bryant, who was in jail on drug-related charges, was charged with introduction of contraband into a penal facility. Wilcox was booked into the Morehouse Jail on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of Schedule III CDS, possession of Schedule IV CDS, possession of meth, and introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

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· Smokefree Policies
· Prisons
USA, by State
· New Mexico

Tobacco Ban OK’d at Jail  

Jump to full article: Albuquerque Journal, 2012-02-04

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Beginning June 4, tobacco will become a contraband item at the Sandoval County Detention Center.

Sandoval County commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved a policy change proposed by Detention Center director Al Casamento to prohibit the possession and consumption of all tobacco products at the jail. The ban covers staff, visitors and contractors as well as inmates.

At present, inmates and staff are allowed to smoke in outdoor areas at the jail.

Casamento said staff faced with the prospect of having to give up cigarettes or chew during their work shift can take advantage of smoking cessation classes. Inmates, who can spend up to 364 days in the county lock-up, will have to go cold turkey.

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· UK

Crestline man gets probation for smuggling cigarettes 

Jump to full article: Bucyrus (OH) Telegraph-Forum, 2012-02-03
Author: Written by Kimberly Gasuras Telegraph-Forum

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BUCYRUS -- A Crestline man was sentenced to three years probation Thursday after pleading guilty to a third-degree felony charge of illegal conveyance of drugs into a correctional facility.

David J. Kegley, 35, 600 S. Pearl St., admitted attempting to smuggle cigarettes into the Crawford County Justice Center on Feb. 25.

Kegley was given credit for four days time served and was ordered to pay a $250 fine and court costs.

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· New Mexico

Sandoval County considering eliminating jailhouse smoking 

Jump to full article: Rio Rancho (NM) Observer, 2012-02-01
Author: ARGEN DUNCAN Observer staff writer Rio Rancho Observer

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BERNALILLO - Need that nicotine fix? It may no longer be available at the Sandoval County jail.

County commissioners are set to vote on whether to ban tobacco products from the grounds of the county jail. The measure is on the agenda for the commission meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the county administration building in Bernalillo.

If approved, the ban would prevent inmates from using or having tobacco products. Staff members would be allowed to use and have them only in the employee parking lot. As it stands, inmates and staff can smoke in outdoor areas.

Detention Center Director Al Casamento said the ban is aimed at creating a healthier environment for employees and inmates.

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· Ohio

State's prisons study link between violence, tobacco  

Jump to full article: Lancaster (OH) Eagle-Gazette, 2012-01-23

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Ohio's top prison official has asked his department to investigate whether an increase in violence is linked to a tobacco ban and the subsequent use of contraband tobacco as a commodity among inmates.

"Tobacco has become a currency that's used in our prisons," with a hand-rolled cigarette valued at up to $5, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr told the Dayton Daily News.

The department's chief security-threat investigator, Vinko Kucinic, said gangs can gain power in prison by controlling the trade of contraband goods that can be sold or used to barter, such as the tobacco, illegal drugs and weapons. Officials are concerned the fight to control the flow of such goods has stirred more violence.

Mohr is looking into whether disturbances involving at least four inmates were connected to illicit tobacco. Those incidents happened on average once every 28 days in 2008 and once every two weeks by 2010, the year after the ban took effect, Mohr said.

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· Ohio

Prison violence driven by recent tobacco ban?  

Jump to full article: Columbus (OH) Dispatch, 2012-01-23
Author: Dayton Daily News via AP

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Ohio’s top prison official has asked his department to investigate whether an increase in violence is linked to a tobacco ban and the subsequent use of contraband tobacco as a commodity among inmates.

“Tobacco has become a currency that’s used in our prisons,” where a hand-rolled cigarette is valued at up to $5, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr said.

The department’s chief security-threat investigator, Vinko Kucinic, said gangs can gain power in prison by controlling the trade of contraband goods such as the tobacco, illegal drugs and weapons that can be sold or used to barter. Officials are concerned that the fight to control the flow of such goods has stirred more violence.

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· Ohio

Cellphones, weapons and drugs flood Ohio prisons 

Officials are examining if increase in violence is tied to smoking ban.
Jump to full article: Dayton (OH) Daily News, 2012-01-22
Author: Tom Beyerlein, Staff Writer

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Illegal drugs, weapons, tobacco and cellphones are flooding Ohio's prisons, spurring a new wave of violence as rival gangs battle for control of the black market.

The frequency of violent disturbances has doubled since 2008, leading Ohio's top prison
official to launch a study about whether a March 2009 tobacco ban is stirring the trouble.

"Tobacco has become a currency that's used in our prisons," Director Gary Mohr of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said.

Ohio's prisons house more than 50,000 inmates and will cost taxpayers $1.57 billion in fiscal year 2012. Contraband has long been a problem in the prisons, with inmates gaining access to it through the mail, visitors and corrupt prison employees.

But Mohr said something new is happening: People in the outside world have become much bolder about throwing packages of contraband over perimeter fences, . . .

"All over this country, facilities are being assaulted, almost, by outside people," he said. "It's a battle
that didn't exist in the past, certainly (not) to the degree we have it now."

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· Idaho

Law would make felony of smuggling smokes, phones  

Jump to full article: The Idaho Statesman, 2012-01-11
Author: REBECCA BOONE - Associated Press

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A key state Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to introduce legislation that would make it a felony to smuggle cellphones and cigarettes into Idaho prisons after authorities said such contraband demands huge prices on the black market.

Idaho Department of Correction officials requested the action at a hearing of the Judiciary and Rules Committee, saying cellphones are the most sought-after contraband behind bars.

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non-USA, by Country
· New Zealand

Prison Smoking Ban 'Sets Back' Serial Rapist  

Jump to full article: Independent Newspapers Ltd. / STUFF (nz), 2011-11-00
Author: KEITH LYNCH

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A prison smoking ban is among the factors holding back the release of a serial rapist, the Parole Board says.

Michael John Carroll, who is in his 50s, was recalled to prison to serve a sentence of preventive detention after leaving a Christchurch treatment centre in 2003. He had his latest bail application declined this month. . . .

A Parole Board decision this month said Carroll was in a prison at-risk unit, where inmates are held if they are at risk of harming themselves. The report noted Carroll's troubles "coincided with the non-smoking ban" in prisons in July this year.

"He had smoked all of his years in prison. He had great difficulty in giving up. He said he found himself suddenly becoming easily aggressive as a consequence of giving up smoking," the report said.

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· Australia

Hoddle St killer to fight tobacco levy 

Jump to full article: AAP (Australian Associated Press) (au), 2011-11-29
Author: Daniel Fogarty

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Hoddle Street mass murderer Julian Knight spends at least $80 a week on smokes but he hopes soon to spend less.

Knight was 19 when he shot dead seven people and injured 19 in the Hoddle Street massacre in Melbourne in 1987.

He has bought cigarettes and tobacco from prison canteens ever since.

In 1997, after a complaint about canteen prices, Knight became aware of a levy imposed on tobacco products in Victorian jails.

Since then he has made a number of complaints to the ombudsman and auditor-general and has now taken his fight to the Victorian Supreme Court.

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non-USA, by Country
· Guernsey

Smoking ban for Guernsey prison visitors 

Inmates will still be able to smoke in their cells at Guernsey Prison
Jump to full article: BBC Online, 2011-11-21

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A smoking ban for visitors to Guernsey's prison, which is aimed at protecting visitors and staff from secondary smoke inhalation, has begun. . . .

Deputy Governor Dave Matthews said smoke from outside could drift into the building and "there are often young children waiting in the foyer".

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