The Department of Corrections has seen issues with K2 in several facilities, with 182 negative “incidents” related to the drug during the month of September, including 16 medical emergencies. Incidents may also include violent behavior and drug discovery.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, K2 can cause symptoms of psychosis, suicidal thoughts, violent behavior, seizures, kidney damage, reduced blood supply to the heart, toxic reactions, and sometimes death.
“By preventing original pieces of paper from entering institutions, we can greatly reduce the amount of drugs coming in and create a safer environment,” said Department of Corrections Secretary Kevin Carr.
The Department of Corrections is contracting with TextBehind, a mail management service based in Phoenix that already provides mail photocopies for a corrections agency in North Carolina. For the pilot, DOC staff handled all the photocopying, a process that Fox Lake inmates said caused problems.
Under the new policy, inmates’ friends and family must send all mail to TextBehind, which will open and photocopy the mail and send the copies back to Wisconsin’s prison facilities. The photo and drawing are to be copied in colour. The process of photocopying is to be completed within 24 hours.