April 14, 2014
Cell to Cell: How Smuggled Mobile Phones Are Rewiring Brazil's Prisons
According to Motherboard, last year, Brazilian authorities confiscated an estimated 35,000 phones from prisoners, yet Brazilian organized crime leaders continued to have widespread ability to make calls, receive calls, organize conference calls, and even hold virtual trials where gang leaders from different prisons are patched in to a central line to debate the fate of gang members accused of betraying the group’s ironclad rules.
They [prisoners] organize executions over the phone. You never forget it when you hear the crime bosses voting one after another – ‘kill’, ‘kill’, ‘kill’...I have heard this type of conversation many times,” said Marcelo Cristino, a federal prosecutor in São Paulo, as he described a conference call among an estimated seven PCC leaders.
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