Prison used to just have to worry about what went on behind correction facilities’ walls. These days, they also have to keep an eye what’s coming over them.
Drone sightings near prisons have become a growing problem around the country as these unmanned aircraft have swelled in popularity and become less expensive to buy.
Prison officials across the nation have learned, in some cases the hard way, that these remote-controlled devices capable of carrying cargo are being dispatched to smuggle contraband to inmates.
On Tuesday, North Carolina’s Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law a measure that prohibits drones from coming within a horizontal distance of 500 feet or a vertical distance of 250 feet from a prison. It makes it a felony to use a drone to deliver weapons or other contraband to inmates in that state, while flying a drone within the prison no-fly zone could result in a misdemeanor charge.
It joins at least eight other states – Arizona, Louisiana, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin – who prohibit drone operation near or over prisons, according