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by Peter Moskos

June 17, 2008

$20 for a cigarette

In England, the Daily Express reports that drug dealers are getting arrested on purpose so they can make more money by selling drugs in jail.

A few years ago they banned cigarettes and smoking in Rikers Island (NYC's jail). Now a single cigarette sells for about $20. For one tobacco cigarette. More often than not, these cigarettes come from correctional officers (i.e.: jail guards).

If we can't win the war on drugs in jail, where can we win it?

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