Published: November 25, 201
New York City - The boxes once held mail, but now are usually painted red and marked with the word “Amnesty” stenciled on the front, and there are several of them at . They are last-chance invitations to visitors to anonymously relieve themselves of any contraband intended for an inmate. Call them tossed-and-found boxes. They are emptied every week
The boxes are opened on Tuesdays. Inside this week: six cellphones, three canisters of pepper spray, eight blades of various sorts (including a steak knife). Also, two forks, two pairs of scissors, something wrapped in plastic, a hypodermic needle and — now here was something strange — a calculator.
In cells like this, a critical report said, mentally ill inmates were naked, left in filth and improperly strapped down at Central Prison in Raleigh. GERRY BROOME - AP
New building will be good but fix any systemic problems as well.
The findings of an internal review of conditions for mentally ill inmates at North Carolina's Central Prison - conditions made public last week - are stomach-churning, no matter what excuses or reasons officials offer. Gov. Bev Perdue rightly called them unacceptable.
We echo the comments she made when told of the neglect and unsanitary situations an internal review documented: "Nobody expects really luxurious treatment for any prisoners; they're there for a reason. But we also expect there to be very decent, humane, healthy conditions for the prison population."
What were those conditions?
Researchers have demonstrated a vulnerability in the computer systems used to control facilities at federal prisons that could allow an outsider to remotely take them over, doing everything from opening and overloading cell door mechanisms to shutting down internal communications systems. Tiffany Rad, Teague Newman, and John Strauchs, who presented their research on October 26 at the Hacker Halted information security conference in Miami, worked in Newman's basement to develop the attacks that could take control of prisons' industrial control systems and programmable logic controllers. They spent less than $2,500 and had no previous experience in dealing with those technologies.
|The federal prison in McRae Georgia is set to expand.|