July 26th, 2008


Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

We’re used to stories of how luxurious it is within a prison in the UK, even to the extent of people breaking in to prison because they can’t stand life on the streets. We know drugs are pretty much available to whoever wants them.

News this week of jailed gang leader Gareth Curtis who is said to have used an illegal mobile phone in his cell 45,000 times in six months. 45,000? That’s more than my daughter! News reports after a recent trial say he made or received 246 calls or texts a day using mobile phones & sim cards.

I’ve been to prison a few times, in a professional capacity, but I’ve never worked in one, but I really can’t understand how difficult it can be to exclude drugs & mobile phones from what is supposedly a secure prison system.

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  1. Tony F says:

    How do they even charge their ‘phones? and who pays for the electricity?

    All I can see that a prisoner should have is artificial lighting 24/7. Nothing else.

    July 26th, 2008 at 20:38

  2. Blueknight says:

    Tony F
    Maybe this has something to do with it…Anne Elizabeth Owers CBE, is Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons. Owers is the fifth holder of the post, and was appointed in August 2001. Prior to this post she was Director of JUSTICE, the UK-based human rights and law reform organisation In 2000, she was awarded the CBE for her work on human rights.

    And it could get WORSE…Barrister Keir Starmer QC has been named as the next director of the Crown Prosecution Service. Mr Starmer, 45, is best known for his work challenging government decisions in the fields of human rights and criminal law. His cases include:
    representing the family of James Ashley, who was shot dead by police when naked and unarmed in 1998, in their successful Lords case for the right to bring a civil misconduct action against Sussex Police.
    Acting for two terror suspects in the House of Lords case last year which declared the control order system for terror suspects unlawful under human rights law
    Leading a team representing 14 human rights organisations in a critical Lords case in 2005 which ruled that intelligence extracted by torture is not admissible in any British court
    As director of public prosecutions, Mr Starmer will run the Crown Prosecution Service, which is responsible for bringing most criminal prosecutions in England and Wales.

    July 27th, 2008 at 01:49

  3. Annette says:

    How do they pay for their phone calls?
    But I admit that is disgusting…they should be allowed one phone call per week.

    July 27th, 2008 at 07:47

  4. NightJack says:

    Paying for them is easy it is all pay as you go SIM’s generally topped up with cash by friends on the outside. There are generally a lot of SIM cards in circulation and a smaller number of chargers and handsets.

    How do they get in? Well Handsets and chargers there is really only 3 routes
    1. Chuck over wall
    2. Bent visitor
    3. Bent prison staff
    If you want to see how small and errrrm insertable a mobile phone can get look up the iphone nano. After that it’s all a bit Colditz with contraband being concealed. SIM cards are just so easy to hide.

    Some prisons are now retrofitting mobile phone blocking kit. Some are not. Either way, the likes of Curtis are continuing to run their gangs and drugs businesses from their cells.

    July 27th, 2008 at 09:39

  5. Tony F says:

    Blueknight, Thanks for that!

    And if I may say so, does the team think that locking up the innocents in the country would improve their standards of living? Sure as hell, it is improving the scrote’s

    July 27th, 2008 at 19:33

  6. ACB says:

    When I walk into my local Tesco/Sainsbury my phome does not work!!! How comes their phones work when they are in a cell?

    June 12th, 2011 at 18:49

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