The problem came to recent light last week after a gang member allegedly planned and launched, via a smartphone from his cell in prison, the kidnapping of the 63-year-old father of a federal prosecutor.
Fortunately, the FBI was able to rescue the victim. But what about next time?
Planning and initiating crimes are not all these inmates armed with cellphones do. They also get on Facebook and into chat rooms. There may be one chatting online with you or your child this very minute, in fact. It’s not likely they identify themselves on the Internet as felons.
The obvious question to authorities who say they are helpless to stop the flow of smartphones is, of course, why?
Everything and everyone is checked before entering state and federal prisons, right? And cell checks — just how many places are there to hide a smartphone or cellphone? There can’t be many.
It is the job and responsibility of prisons to protect the public from convicted felons. Allowing them to use cellphones to plot and plan crimes is failing in this mission.
With all the technology at the fingertips of government today — drones capable of making deliveries and an elaborate spy system capable of picking up emails and listening in on conversations in this and every other country in the world — there ought to be a way to keep cellphones out of the mitts of murderers, rapists and child molesters who are behind bars.
All that’s necessary is the will to want to do it.