ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers are anticipated to contemplate laws to limit the usage of drones close to state prisons after current sightings sparked concern amongst corrections officers weapons or medication have been being dropped contained in the grounds.
Republican Rep. Mike Henderson launched a invoice that will make it a misdemeanor for anybody to knowingly fly a drone inside 300 vertical toes and close to the farthest perimeter of prisons, the St. Joseph Information-Press reported. The laws would additionally add felony prices for trying to drop contraband into state jail grounds.
The Missouri Division of Corrections has reported 11 drone sightings close to state prisons since 2016, however there have been no confirmed circumstances of dropped contraband, in accordance with company spokeswoman Karen Pojmann.
“We have not made any direct or confirmed connections between unmanned plane and contraband, nevertheless it’s definitely doable that contraband has been introduced in by unmanned plane that weren’t noticed,” Pojmann stated. “Medication have been discovered inside balls used for athletic exercise, for instance, or have appeared on the bottom with no clear level of origin.”
Henderson stated the proposed laws contains exemptions so regulation enforcement can fly drones over the services, ought to there be a riot or different conditions.
Legislators will contemplate the invoice within the coming weeks. If handed, Missouri could be amongst a few dozen states to control drones close to state prisons, mirroring federal legal guidelines handed final 12 months by the Federal Aviation Administration.
“As know-how retains altering, typically we simply need to replace the regulation, and that is all we’re actually doing right here is attempting to replace the regulation in a commonsense approach to verify we preserve the individuals within the correctional services secure, each the officers and the offenders,” Henderson stated.
Info from: St. Joseph Information-Press/St. Joe, Missouri, http://www.newspressnow.com