Rezin legislation bans drones over prisons

<p class=”Default”><span style=”color: windowtext;”>State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Peru) is co-sponsoring legislation to help prevent drugs and cell phones from being smuggled into state prisons by prohibiting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles over prisons. <br />
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<p class=”Default”><span style=”color: windowtext;”>&ldquo;There are inmates who will do just about anything to sneak drugs or cell phones inside prison walls,&rdquo; Rezin said. &ldquo;With the use of drones on the rise, taking this step now sends a strong message that those who plan on flying contraband into our prisons will face serious consequences.&rdquo; <br />
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<p class=”Default”><span style=”color: windowtext;”>Senate Bill 2344 adds <span class=”content”>one year of imprisonment to the sentence of a person convicted of bringing contraband into a prison by drone, in addition to any other penalty handed down by law.</span> <br />
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<p class=”Default”><span class=”content”>Any<span style=”color: windowtext;”> person who knowingly and intentionally operates a drone below the navigable airspace above a state prison would be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. &nbsp;Also, a person who knowingly and intentionally captures images or video of a state prison through the operation of a drone would be guilty of a Class 4 felony. <br />
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<p class=”Default”><span style=”color: windowtext;”>&ldquo;This is ultimately about keeping our prisons safe and our communities safe,&rdquo; Rezin said. &ldquo;Banning drones around prisons is that extra step we should take to keep things more secure for everyone.&rdquo;</span></p>
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