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Prisoner Smuggles a Cell Phone with Just A String

smuggle cell phone string 300x300 Prisoner Smuggles a Cell Phone with Just A StringThe following is a description of how a contraband cell phone was smuggled into the Delaware County, IN jail by using a string to bring it in through a window! The methods used to smuggle cell phones into prison seem to be endless. The inmate stated that the reason he smuggled the phone is because he was unable to access a jail phone. As is frequently the case, the main demand driving cell phone smuggling in prisons is the desire to communicate with family and loved ones. Prisons need to address the demand side of this problem by offering a secure prison cell phone solution such as meshDETECT.

In August and September 2010, Norvell was incarcerated in the Delaware County Jail, Cell Block E. At the time Norvell was dating Tishayla Joyce. On August 26, 2010, Norvell had a fellow inmate, Marcus Beck, call Joyce on Norvell’s behalf because he was unable to access a jail phone. Beck relayed statements back and forth between Norvell and Joyce. Norvell asked Joyce via Beck to bring a cell phone to the jail for him. Cell phones are not allowed in the jail and are against jail rules.

Norvell instructed Joyce to withdraw money from his commissary account and use that money to purchase a cell phone from Walmart along with prepaid minutes for the phone. Norvell further instructed Joyce to activate the phone and bring it to the outside of the jail at 1:00 a.m. Norvell told Joyce on which side of the jail his cell was located. Joyce did as Norvell instructed. When Joyce arrived at the jail at 1:00 a.m., she saw Norvell and Shawn West, Norvell’s cell mate, standing at the window to their jail cell. West let down a string, Joyce tied the cell phone to the string, and West pulled the phone up and through the cell window. At Norvell’s request, Joyce returned to the jail on another day at the same time and delivered a phone charger. As in the first instance, West dropped a string down from the cell window and pulled the phone charger up. Norvell used the cell phone to call Joyce. Another inmate, Jackie Joiner, saw Norvell and West both using the cell phone and Norvell explained to Joiner that they had brought the phone in through the window.

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Is a Cell Phone Dangerous Contraband In Prison?

dangerous prison contraband 300x217 Is a Cell Phone Dangerous Contraband In Prison?This article on the trial of five prison escapees raises the issue of whether a contraband prison cell phone can be considered dangerous contraband. Certainly a smuggled cell phone can be used to plan crimes or harass witnesses, but is the contraband cell phone, in and off itself, dangerous? The defense attorney states, “a cell phone, something that you give your children, something that our middle schools are filled with, is not in it of itself dangerous, even in the confines of the county jail.” While the prosecutor states that, “the circumstances in which the phone was used makes it dangerous.” Either way, prison officials need a more effective means to reduce the contraband value of smuggled cell phones in prisons.

The five men charged in connection with the March 31st Monroe County Jail break were back in court for pretrial hearings Thursday.

Attorneys for accused jail escapees Joseph Mitchell and Eddie Palmer raised questions about the legality of using recorded phone calls from jail as evidence at trial.

They also asked Judge James Piampiano to consider whether law enforcement officers acted outside the scope of signed warrants while conducting and seizing their clients’ property.

Inmate James Thomas is charged with felony possessing dangerous contraband.

Local lawyer Rudolf LePore is charged with felony introducing dangerous contraband. The charges specifically relate to a cell phone and charger that were brought into the jail and used by the escapees.

It is still unclear who provided the escapees with the saw blades.

Thomas and LePore’s attorneys argued the cell phone should not be considered dangerous.

“We’re saying that a cell phone, something that you give your children, something that our middle schools are filled with, is not in it of itself dangerous, even in the confines of the county jail. And secondly, we think there’s a constitutional question about that, that there’s no notice out there for anyone. Again, everybody would know that you can’t bring a knife into a jail, but a cell phone, being the same level of offense as a knife that’s a step removed under the law and its our position that this should be reduced to a misdemeanor,” LePore’s attorney Peter Pullano said.

Assistant District Attorney Matthew Schwartz disagreed. He the circumstances in which the phone was used makes it dangerous.

The fifth defendant in this case, Mathias Smith, also appeared in court Thursday. He is charged with hindering the prosecution by allegedly sheltering Mitchell and Palmer in Sodus while they we on the run.

All five defendants are scheduled to be back in court at the end of the month for Judge Piampiano’s decisions on the issues raised.

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Pigeons Fly Cell Phones To Brazilian Prisoners

pigeon cell phone 300x184 Pigeons Fly Cell Phones To Brazilian PrisonersThe creativity of prisoners seeking contraband cell phones never disappoints. Perhaps if a secure prison cell phone service was available, these birds would not have been necessary!

Brazilian inmates have turned to carrier pigeons in their quest for communication with the outside world.

Guards have intercepted two carrier pigeons carrying mobile phones to detainees at a prison in Sorocaba, 62 miles from Sao Paolo, a spokesman for the state penitentiary system said.

“Penitentiary agents found the pigeons outside the Danilo Pinheiro prison but, fortunately, the birds did not have time to enter the prison building with the material,” said Rosana Alberto.

Each pigeon was carrying a small bag containing a mobile phone and charger, she said. The birds were caught on two successive days, last Wednesday and Thursday.

The use of pigeons to smuggle contraband into jail is the latest twist in a ongoing struggle by criminal networks to deliver forbidden goods into Brazil’s prisons.

Criminal organizations like “Red Commando” in Rio de Janeiro or the “First Commando of the Capital” in Sao Paulo, which are well established in the detention centres, have extensive supply networks.

In the past they have use accomplices, from lawyers to corrupt prison guards, to smuggle in drugs, weapons and mobile phones to the detainees, according to the police.

The goods are then traded or used to organise crimes from inside the jails.

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