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IN some respects, it is hardly surprising that inmates at Bartholomew County Jail would be the intended recipients of such banned items as illegal drugs, items that could be used as weapons (razors, scissors, pens) and tobacco.

After all, these are prisoners who are suspected and accused of a variety of crimes.

When one considers the number of items that have been confiscated by officers at the jail before they reached the inmates, the situation is somewhat frightening, especially when one considers how some of this material can be used.

IN some respects, it is hardly surprising that inmates at Bartholomew County Jail would be the intended recipients of such banned items as illegal drugs, items that could be used as weapons (razors, scissors, pens) and tobacco.

After all, these are prisoners who are suspected and accused of a variety of crimes.

When one considers the number of items that have been confiscated by officers at the jail before they reached the inmates, the situation is somewhat frightening, especially when one considers how some of this material can be used.

The extent of the problem is evident based on a step taken at the first of this year to inventory items that jail staff have been able to detect before they get into the hands of inmates.

Since January, officers have seized 52 items. Some of the materials are obviously intended to get around specific jail regulations, such as tobacco, pens and unauthorized clothing and bedding. Others are clearly illegal in any setting — marijuana, methamphetamines and cocaine.

Then there are the materials that are frightening and can be used as weapons — razors, scissors, syringes and pens among them — where the potential for a major tragedy is evident.

Fortunately, safeguards in place appear to be working, but the fact that there have been so many attempts underlines the need for continued and even heightened vigilance.

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