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HAVING A BALL IN PRISON, WISH YOU WERE HERE

Ppl in the press and average Brit complaining for long time about what seems to be a very soft criminal system. Anyone listening?  If they are they aren’t doing anything about it.  Case in point? This article.  It doesn’t give folks much in the way of confidence in their system. And it surely doesn’t help the victims of crime or the families of victims seeing this.

Liberals shout loud saying prisons should not be about revenge. Oh yeah?  Why not?
But if not that, certainly it should not be this either.

Welcome to Costa del Jail! Facebook boasts of thugs and burglars serving time

· Seven prisoners at HMP Haverigg, in Cumbria, used Facebook in the prison
· Flouting of rules banning use of mobile phones is ‘endemic’
By Jaya Narain

Stripped to the waist and grinning from ear to ear, they look like a group of young friends posing for a holiday snap.
Actually these eight men are prison inmates parading for the camera – and they flouted a ban on mobile phones to upload the results to Facebook.

As well as dressing in their shorts, they poured scorn on the justice system by likening their prison sentences to a holiday in Spain.
The group – some of whom look sunburnt – were jailed for a variety of crimes ranging from drug dealing and theft to burglary and assault. They were pictured at Haverigg prison in Cumbria.

One posted: ‘Waken up in the Costa del Haverigg 2 me halfa english brecky ha!’ while a friend remarked: ‘Defoo Looks Like Use r Havin a Ball in Ibizaa hahaa.’
They are the latest inmates serving sentences for serious offences openly to flout the ban on having mobiles in prisons.

Justice campaigners say the smuggling of phones into jails is ‘endemic’ and warned that strong action needs to be taken to stamp it out.
In the last two years almost 350 prisoners have been found posting on Facebook and the Government has vowed to get tough on those who break the ban.

A spokesman for Families Against Crime said: ‘These criminals clearly haven’t learnt their lesson and ought to be given lengthier sentences. Prison sentences are meant to deprive offenders of their liberty but Facebook and other social media websites allow them to flout this.

Three years ago it emerged that one of Britain’s most dangerous gangsters, Colin Gunn, then 44, was using Facebook to threaten his enemies from his cell.
Contraband phones are used as a currency within prisons with inmates exchanging them for favours, drugs and other items. A Ministry of Justice spokesman said three of the prisoners identified in the photos at Haverigg had since been released.

A Prison Service spokesman said: ‘Prisoners have no access to the internet and are barred from updating Facebook while serving their sentence, or asking others to do so from outside prison. If they do, their accounts will be terminated.
‘Anyone caught with a mobile will be disciplined and faces being moved to a higher security prison.’

SEE AND READ MORE

catch that link for the photos and the facebook posts.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 10/26/2012 at 11:00 AM   
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