LA Sheriff's Task Force Hunts For Jailhouse-Brewed Hooch

Inmates in Los Angeles County jails are making hundreds of gallons of a jailhouse brew that gets them drunk and the problem is getting worse.

Using cell block searches and canines, a sheriff's task force is now working to crack jailhouse alcohol manufacturing.

The jailhouse hooch known as pruno has been blamed for violence in county jails.

Once made from prunes, pruno can be made from any fruit or juice
stashed away by inmates.

Fermented fruit with yeast from bread can produce a drink with alcohol content from 4 percent to 14 percent.

More than 370 gallons of the stuff has been found so far this year, up 60 percent from the 232 gallons found last year.


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