Jailhouse rock: Enter our first-ever contest
In all the years I have covered law enforcement, I have heard all sorts of stories about jail guards slipping contraband to inmates. I've heard of guards smuggling food, even high-priced salmon, liquor and cellular phones behind prison and jail walls.
When I spotted some new court documents Tuesday, I learned that inmates seem just as addicted to technology as the rest of us. Two corrections officers were arrested and charged with bribery for accepting several hundred dollars to smuggle iPods into the D.C. jail complex.
But the idea of smuggling iPods into jail got me thinking. FBI agents did not say in court papers whether the iPods came fully loaded with songs and movies, but the devices must have been stocked full of entertainment because jail inmates don’t have Internet connections to update their songs or television shows, right?
So, what did the FBI load onto those iPods?
E-mail us your five-song playlist to enter this first-ever Crime Scene contest.
Be creative. What would an undercover FBI agent load? A team of reporters and editors will judge the entries based entirely on cleverness. We'll announce the winner on Friday. I'll see if the editors give me permission to send the winner a Washington Post coffee mug.
If you are curious about why inmates are not allowed to have iPods, D.C. Corrections officials said in an e-mail this morning that "inmates may use the components of devices such as iPODS to compromise security equipment within the correctional facility. In addition, such items are in high demand and may be stolen or used by inmates to gamble with others…this has the potential to trigger conflict, assaults and other violent behavior."
Here are some FBI documents to inspire your song selection:
-- Del Quentin Wilber
December 2, 2009; 12:01 PM ET
Categories: Del Quentin Wilber , From the Courthouse , Prison Beat , The District
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