“The smartphone is the most lethal weapon you can get inside a prison,” said Terry L. Bittner, director of security products with the ITT Corporation, one of a handful of companies that create cellphone-detection systems for prisons. “The smartphone is the equivalent of the old Swiss Army knife. You can do a lot of other things with it.”
One inmate says: "Almost everybody has a [smart] phone."
Inmates use the phones to coordinate protests and also to plan outside crimes. How do the phones get in?:
Reuters/Richard CarsonEvery year, countless reports on how to make prisons more rehabilitative are published by think tanks, scholars, and advocates.
Some of them rely on interviews with prisoners, while others focus on data and documents. But a new report on how Texas prisons can improve is unique: it was written solely by prisoners.
Drastic cuts in prison food services over the last few decades have resulted in inmates using packets of ramen noodles as currency, according to one recent study by the University of Arizona.
Forget Friday Night Football, this could be the biggest upset of the year. In a recent three-on-three debate between Harvard College Debating Union and Eastern New York Correctional Facility, the winner was clear: To the convicts went the spoils.