Bill aims to crackdown on drugs in prisons

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – For many, drugs got them there. Now a bill aims to crack down on drug use in prisons. 

The Arkansas Department of Correction brought the legislation to Representative Jimmy Gazaway, a former prosecutor. 

It would impose tougher penalties on inmates for the possession and distribution of controlled substances within the facilities. 

The husband of a state representative spoke in favor of the bill after he says his son died behind bars from a heroin and fentanyl overdose. 

“My son was not a good person, but he was on the mend. And we have to think that… these are somebody’s children,” says Tom Fite.

The measure now moves to the full House for a vote. 

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