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More Contraband Seized At David Prison

Crime & PunishmentPrison guards seized drugs, money, and shanks during an inspection conducted yesterday afternoon at the public prison in David, in the province of Chiriqui. Ismael Flores, the Director of the prison, said the objects were confiscated following a routine inspection that seeks to remove these illegal items from the prison. They have detected that unknown persons throw these objects - known as "aircraft" - from the street near the prison, and inside are these illegal items, said Flores. The prison director said he will continue to conduct the inspections. The inmates where the prohibited items were found are being investigated by the Public Ministry in the Third Judicial District, in Chiriqui. The prison in David houses 300 inmates. (Siglo)

Editor's Comment: Here's an idea that would put an end to this. Let's say there are a dozen inmates in a cell. The inmates are removed and the cell is searched. An illegal knife, drugs, and a contraband cell phone are found in the cell. The prison officials open up an administrative process, and each of the twelve prisoners are given 30 days (more) in prison, as a punishment for the illegal items. Conduct one inspection every month - and the message is "you will never get out of here, as long as we continue to find this contraband." Sooner or later out of sheer peer pressure, all of that stuff will go away. Right now there's no down side. You found my knife - so what? I'll just get another one. That needs to change. It might seem simple, but surveillance cameras will stop the "airplane" trick. Bust whoever is throwing the crap over the fence, and put them on the inside.

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More Contraband Seized At David Prison
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, August 17 2012 @ 10:17 AM EDT

Dear Editor - all of those ideas are fine and dandy but, we all know that the installation of such items - mainly, the camera equipment, would cost money that some would prefer to stuff in their pockets...

More Contraband Seized At David Prison
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, August 17 2012 @ 11:38 AM EDT

I discussed this situation with my Panamanian worker who, although he’s never been incarcerated, has relatives who are police officers, knows people who have been incarcerated and has visited them in prison. Here’s what he told me
• Visitors are thoroughly searched, including anything they bring with them, prior to being allowed into the prison area. This makes it virtually impossible to smuggle anything in.
• The perimeter is heavily patrolled and observed, making it extremely unlikely anyone would or could throw anything over the fence to a prisoner.
• Since Panama is a small country, everyone knows or is related to almost everyone else – including the police. Very often a prisoner is related or known to a guard.
• Police are relatively poorly paid and treated within the department.
Due to the above he said most, if not all, the contraband is provided by the guards.

Also it’s very rare to have 10-12 prisoners per cell – more common is 30-40. Per Don Winner’s suggestion of adding 30 days to the sentence of every prisoner in a cell in which contraband is discovered: convicting all the innocent prisoners by adding to their sentence for contraband belonging to another prisoner is unfair and violates their constitutional rights. This would be opposed by international watchdog organizations and might lead to prison rioting. Any prosecutor who pursued such a prosecution against innocent prisoners would be subject to arrest and imprisonment for violating the law and constitution.