Single cigarette costs R270 in New York City jails


Cigarette prices have skyrocketed since New York City banned smoking in its prisons. (Photo:

Smoking in New York City jails may cost you a packet

The Huffington Post reports that the black market for cigarettes in New York City jails is thriving after Mayor Michael Bloomberg banned inmates from smoking in 2003. A single cigarette costs about $30 behind bars, according to a Brooklyn District Attorney. A whole pack costs $200 (about R1800). Read more. 

Indonesia’s high-profile prisoners come and go as they please

The chairman of Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission, Abraham Samad, says the Ministry of Justice has lost control of the country’s prisons, with high-profile inmates slipping in and out of jail at will. According to the Jakarta Globe, Samad told a seminar in Jakarta that Deputy Minister of Justice Denny Indrayana had recently confided in him, saying there was a problem with prison security and that he felt powerless to deal with it. Read more.

Philippines inmates vote inside jail for first time

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that inmates in that country have been allowed to vote in jail for the first time, during recent mid-term elections to choose local leaders and national legislators. A Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolution allowed electoral inspectors to take ballots to jails with more than 50 inmates registered as voters in their respective localities. Inmates from jails with fewer than 50 registered voters were taken to the nearest poll precinct. Read more.

Telemedicine for Indian inmates to cut costs

Telemedicine is set to be rolled out at four jails in the Indian state of Kerala, in order to deal with the high cost of transporting sick inmates to hospital. The project will use the integrated web-based telemedicine solution e-Dhanwanthari. The roll-out follows a successful pilot project in Kannur Central Prison, the New Indian Express reports. Read more.


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