Jailers have been bribed to smuggle cellular phones to security prisoners, according to a Tuesday report by the Yisrael Hayom daily. A former officer at the Ketziot prison has started a stint behind bars after being convicted for doing so, a jailer at the Hadarim prison is under investigation on suspicion of doing so, and a jailer at the Eshel prison in Be'er Sheva reported a few days ago that he was offered 150,000 shekels to cooperate.
The Prisons Service was able to prevent the smuggling of 50 cell phones, battery chargers and SIM cards in a shipment of grape leaves to the Ketziot prison. Relatives and attorneys for the security prisoners have also been caught trying to hide cell phones in their clothing. An additional 26 phones and 385 SIM cards have been intercepted since the start of the year.
New equipment is being introduced to fight the phenomenon.