Utah State Prison bans crayon, marker drawings, stickers

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 2:17 PM

The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah state prisons are banning pictures drawn with crayons and markers and envelopes with decorative stickers.

Utah Department of Corrections officials say the ban is needed because illegal drugs could be hidden in those items.

Utah State Prison mail supervisor Kerry Galetka told The Salt Lake Tribune that one drug called Suboxone that comes in a thin, orange strip has been found recently in letters sent to the facility.

Galetka says that drug can also be made into a paste and prisons in other states have discovered that paste covering what appear to be children's drawings.

The Utah prison system already prohibits watercolor art and stickers inside letters to prevent drug-tainted mail from coming in.

The new ban takes effect at Utah's two state prisons on Friday.

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