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Contraband

A look at drug and weapon seizures in Canada's federal prison system.

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    Quebec

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            What’s getting inside Canada’s prisons?

            Prisons are designed to keep inmates inside — but there's a problem with what else is getting into prisons. This data on drug and weapon seizures in Canadian penitentiaries between 2008 and 2012 was obtained through the Access to Information Act.

            The numbers for 2013 have not yet been compiled, but the data so far suggests the number of drug and weapon seizures continues to rise.

            Click on each marker to see detailed data for each penitentiary.

            Drug seizures by region

            Drug seizures have been steadily climbing at Canadian penitentiaries between 2008 and 2012. The most popular — home brew or homemade alcohol, followed by marijuana, hashish and prescription pills.

            Drugs

            Weapon seizures by region

            Weapon seizures at Canadian penitentiaries have also been on the rise during the five-year period between 2008 and 2012. The most confiscated weapons are homemade knives or sharp objects. There have also been unusual weapons seized, including firearms, explosives and a garrote.

            Weapons

            Source: Stephen Puddicombe / Jonathan DeRouchie