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 . . .