As of July 2010, The GDC Office of Professional Standards, in conjunction with local & federal law enforcement partners, have investigated or arrested approximately 482 staff and civilians for introducing contraband into prisons throughout the state.
1) On March 31, 2013 at Wilcox State Prison, an inmate was observed reaching into the jacket pocket of visitor Samantha Hopkins and retrieved an unknown item. The inmate was escorted to the shakedown room and visitor Hopkins was removed from the visitation room. Wilcox County Sheriff's Office was called and searched the visitor's vehicle. Officers found five balloons of tobacco, one balloon with rolling papers and three cell phones. Visitor Hopkins wrote in a statement that she was planning on leaving the contraband in the trashcan in front of the prison for pickup later. Visitor Hopkins was arrested by Wilcox County Sheriff's Office.
The Department of Corrections is committed to identifying and pursuing prosecution of those persons who attempt to introduce contraband into state facilities.