Drone smuggled into prison in Curaçao

When someone does something that is not legal and the police sees that (s)he gets arrested, will get a warning or (s)he will be fined. Assuming (s)he gets arrested, the judge then decides what the punishment will be, or will not be. If the judge decides that the person will form a hazard to society and if the person does not live in countries with the death sentence, then the punishment can at most only be a lifetime prison sentence. There are a lot of people in prison in the world. As of 2016, there are over 2.3 million inmates in the USA alone. Prisons have four major different purposes. These purposes are retribution, incapacitation, deterrence and rehabilitation.

Retribution means punishment for crimes against society. Depriving criminals of their freedom is a way of making them pay a debt to society for their crimes. Incapacitation refers to the removal of criminals from society so that they can no longer harm innocent people. Deterrence means the prevention of future crime. It is hoped that prisons provide warnings to people thinking about commiting crimes, and that the possibility of going to prison will discourage people from breaking the law. Rehabilitation refers to activities designed to change criminals into law abiding citizens, and may include providing educational courses in prison, teaching job skills and offering counselling with a psychologist or social worker. 

When drugs and phones are smuggled into the prison by drones, then all the four major purposes are sabotaged. The prisoner playing games on a phone will not be justified as much as a prisoner who does not have a mobile phone.  The second purpose, incapacitation will also be sabotaged when the prisoner has a phone. The prisoner can then call all his criminal friends to do his crimes for him. The third purpose also known as deterrence, is intended to stop inmates from doing crime after their sentence expires. This too will be less effective, as the criminal will not learn his or her lesson (as much). Considering the fourth purposes that too will not be very effective because drug users tend to have  often many mental illnesses. 

I think that prisons are very important for a safe society and that this is totally unacceptable. This could have been solved by installing anti-drone systems, or by checking the bedrooms of the prisoners more often and more thoroughly. I also think it is strange that the prisons do not communicate with each other as much as they should because then they can solve this problem and many other problems as well.

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You can read about what happened to the prison in Curaçao here .