Local February 2, 2022 | 7:38 am

Dominican Rep. prison hosted a Web crimes platform

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Santo Domingo.- Being confined within the walls of the prison did not prevent inmates in La Victoria from taking advantage of the freedoms of communication technologies to plan and maintain criminal networks from the lockups.

In the military intervention to which this overcrowded prison was subjected, the authorities managed to dismantle a large technological structure that included an internet signal retransmission center so that all prisoners with access to a cell phone could have Wi-Fi connectivity, according to information from the Justice Ministry in a statement.

The center was so powerful that it even allowed residents around La Victoria prison to connect to Internet. The center was fed by a fiber optic line extended from a point located in Sabana Perdida, it said.

The inmates also had their own prison monitoring system made up of 89 surveillance cameras.

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Paul Tierney
February 2, 2022 8:34 am

The inmates operating a WI-FI platform comes as no surprise. Staff had to be aware, did nothing, and/or was in collusion out of fear or profit.

Peter Harris
February 2, 2022 5:30 pm

La Victoria was built for 2500. Today there are over 7500 inmates. Without the internet good luck trying to keep things calm. Prisoners do not receive proper medical attention. And there is no preparation for life outside of prison. For example, many people have no ID card. And there is no assistance to get them an ID card. Why ? Would that not help in getting employment ? Despite being prosecuted, sentenced and held as a prisoner for years under their name, inmates must prove their identity and pay thousands of pesos and many months in order to get an ID card.