Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 30, 1996

PRISONS ANNOUNCE DRUG TIP LINE

(Columbus) -- The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) today announced a new weapon in the battle against the introduction of drugs and other contraband into Ohio's prisons. Visitors, staff, inmates, and the public are invited to make use of the Department's new confidential toll-free tip line to report any attempts to smuggle dangerous substances to prisoners.

"If anyone has information regarding drugs, weapons, or intoxicating substances being brought into any Ohio prison, please call 1-888-TIP-ODRC," said DRC Director Reginald Wilkinson. "Contraband, particularly drugs and weapons, endanger all of us -- staff, visitors, and prisoners alike. It's in everyone's best interest to help keep our facilities safe."

A brochure announcing the TIP line will be distributed to visitors, staff, and members of the public. All calls to the TIP line are confidential, unless otherwise requested. "When combined with full-scale contraband sweeps and other interdiction efforts, the TIP line reinforces the Department's Zero Tolerance stance on drugs in prison," said Wilkinson. The brochure also features advice for visitors to prisons on how to avoid getting caught up in a smuggling scheme.

Individuals caught attempting to convey drugs, intoxicating liquor, deadly weapons or dangerous ordnance onto the grounds of a detention facility are subject to arrest and prosecution. (Ohio Revised Code 2921.36).

For more information, contact the DRC Public Information Office at 614-752-1150.


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