FCI Discusses Drones Issue

During the meeting, Lieutenant Kim Dugdale gave a presentation about a problem law enforcement agencies are battling across the nation: the use of drones. It’s especially a concern at federal and state prisons where drones are used to try to drop contraband to inmates.

Lt. Dugdale reported it is believed there was one drone drop attempt at Greenville FCI but it was not successful. The facility has a drone deterrence system which detects drones when they are a certain distance from the prison.

While it is illegal to shoot down drones, proposed legislation has been introduced to help cope with drones around prison facilities.

Lt. Dugdale said the federal government provides prison personnel with training through the Drone Awareness Program. She showed photos of items that have been seized being dropped at prisons, including as many as 60 cell phones at one time, phone chargers, and computer pads.

In 2019, there have been 42 drone incidents at FCIs, according to Lt. Dugdale.

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