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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - What is it about these people? Why haven’t they gotten it? Don’t they know cell phones in jail cells are illegal? How can the papers in Rio be full of stories about various crimes being plotted and commanded by bandidos inside prisons, using their cell phones--from their cells? Why can’t Brazil be like the U.S., where this could never happen?

Or so you thought, didn’t you? The slug for a recent New York Times article reads “Outlawed, Cellphones Are Thriving in Prisons”. Being a thoroughgoing Carioca . . .

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The Curmudgeon moved to Rio over forty years ago, and remained there until late 2018. He's been writing political commentary for The Rio Times for nine years. He once referred to himself as a WASP (look it up) but doesn't any more because it embarrasses him.