Prison officials said they have recovered seven drones. Police were able to arrest one person after finding fingerprints on one of the drones.
If passed, Kirkpatrick’s legislation would instruct judges to sentence someone convicted of using a drone to supply contraband to an inmate to at least one year but no more than 10 years in prison. Someone convicted of using a drone to take pictures or video of a prison would be sentenced between one and five years.
Corrections Commissioner Timothy Ward said even though prisons are already no-fly zones, beefing up the penalty for someone who uses the drones for “nefarious reasons” will help crack down on their use.
“With this law it’s telling the public, you can’t fly in a restricted space,” Ward said.