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.