So, my longest penpal is in Arizona. We've been writing for 4 years now, almost 4 and a half. Arizona is a state where you as the free world person can see disciplinary records as a part of their DOC profile. I logged on to his DOC profile a few days ago for the purpose of seeing if he had been transferred, as he mentioned a move in February/March could be imminent, before I sent more mail..... and I saw this.
Turns out, since November, he has had 3 counts of possession of a communication device (I'm taking it to mean cellphone). This is after a fairly clean record previously (in the time we have been writing). In Arizona, from what I understand, cellphone possession is an automatic Class 5 Felony, regardless of the intent... what worries me is there's, not 1, not 2, but 3 counts there. As of now, his release date is still the same.
I am fairly disheartened and disappointed to see this, because we've been having discussions around him and his release in a few years and specifically around cellphones as well, I've told him not to hold anything for anyone or to possess one himself, because he can get himself and alot of other people in trouble, I told him about this article in the news some years ago where an inmate got caught with one and got 60 years... and he can get time added on to his sentence as well, which is what we're trying to avoid. We've had lengthy discussions on what he needs to do to stay on the right path, he has come a long way with that since we first started writing in a good way, and... it now seems like for all the steps he's taken forwards, he could have taken a huge step backward with that.
So, with the most recent letter I sent him, I mentioned what I saw when I went to see if he had been moved yet with the possession of device stuff and simply asked what's up, so I'm waiting to see what he says before we discuss any of it further... What are everyone's else's thoughts on this situation???