Should prisoners be allowed to have cellphones?
January 30, 2013 1 Comment
Recent media reports about prison unrest in South Africa have mentioned that some inmates have cellphones, which is against the rules.
Read an eye-opening article about how inmates get cellphones and other items in the underground prison economy.
Do you think prisoners should be allowed to have phones?
The chief executive of the Scottish Prison Service has caused a stir by saying he believes inmates should have access to phones in their cells. According to the UK’s Daily Record, Colin McConnell says this would help inmates to maintain contact with their families and reduce reoffending.
Read more about McConnell’s ideas.
Read about how South Africa’s prisoners struggle to keep in touch with family members on the outside and how this might affect recidivism rates.
Listen to the story of how one former inmate kept in contact with his wife.