Great article about the very real threat of extortion of inmates’ families by other inmates in the facility, using cellphones to send threatening messages and images and to demand money.
From the article: “First there was a picture sent to Jimenna Whitner’s cell phone of her brother, who was bloody and beaten. Next, she got a text message from somewhere inside Baldwin State Prison 950 miles from her home in Michigan, demanding $1,000. Otherwise her inmate brother, Thomas Maher, would be killed.”
Read more here.