Drug barons ruling the roost with their cellphones at Brit’s largest prison

December 3rd, 2007 - 3:49 pm ICT by admin  

London, Dec.3 (ANI): Inmates at Britains largest jail the Wandsworth Prison are reportedly using their mobile phones to order drugs, run other criminal activities and plotting escapes.
According to a report prepared by the prisons Independent Monitoring Board, there is apparently a limitless supply of mobile phones.
According to The Times, the report reveals that almost 250 mobile phones were found inside Wandsworth, in southwest London, in the first five months of this year.
Mobile phones are used to facilitate the delivery of drugs to prisoners, continue criminal activities from within, pressurise vulnerable prisoners, contact families of prisoners and staff, plan escapes, bullying, intimidation and a host of other unsavoury activities, the report said
The report warned that it was only a matter of time before a very serious incident took place because of mobile phone use.
It added that for three years it had warned the Home Office about mobile phone use by prisoners, but no effective action had been taken.
The board called for a jamming system around the prison, but it is understood that this cannot be done because it would affect the use of mobile phones on roads outside.
The board also criticised the delays in deporting foreign prisoners who have served their sentences, but are kept in the jail awaiting deportation. Two immigration officers are dealing with outstanding cases.
Every prison in England and Wales must, by law, have an independent monitoring board made up of local people. The board must satisfy itself of the humane and just treatment of inmates, inform the Secretary of State for Justice of any concerns it has and publish an annual report.
The Wandsworth Prison has 1,485 prisoners, of whom a 100 have life or indeterminate sentences. Thirty percent of the inmates are foreigners. (ANI)

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