North Rhine-Westphalia: Around 1,600 cell phones discovered in NRW prisons

Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - Last year, 1,597 mobile phones were discovered in North Rhine-Westphalia's prisons.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Around 1,600 cell phones discovered in NRW prisons

Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - Last year, 1,597 mobile phones were discovered in North Rhine-Westphalia's prisons. In 2020 there were even 1787. This is evident from the response of the state government to a small inquiry by the AfD in the state parliament. The "Bild" newspaper had previously reported.

The parliamentary group had taken the case of a pastor as the reason for their inquiry, who, according to the public prosecutor's office, wanted to smuggle cell phones and drugs in kebabs into the Heinsberg prison. According to the Ministry of Justice, 97 chaplains are currently working in the country's prisons. There has not been a case similar to the suspect in Heinsberg in recent years.

As the paper from the Ministry of Justice also shows, there have been 459 drug finds in the NRW correctional facilities in the first half of 2022. In 2021 there were 1079, the year before 1053. As a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice explained, the drug finds were mostly small amounts - six grams on average, mostly cannabis.

Regarding the mobile phones, the ministry said that about half turned up in the hands of inmates in the open prison. Naturally, it would be easier for them to get hold of phones. With all the numbers, you have to take into account that there are 14,000 detention places in NRW - which are checked again and again.

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