Lawmakers call for new legislation restricting drones near prisons

Aug 18, 2017


   The first Michiganders to be arrested for smuggling contraband into a prison via drone were arraigned this week.

   Now some lawmakers want tougher laws when it comes to flying drones near prisons.


   Michigan lawmakers have been trying for years to get a law on the books about drones and prisons. The latest version has been waiting for a committee hearing since February. It would prohibit flying a drone within 1-thousand feet of a jail, prison or other law enforcement building.

   Democratic Representative John Chirkun is a bill sponsor. He says the law needs to keep up with technology.

“Drones are like thinking outside the box. We’ve never had this, so we gotta shape and make laws to take care of these things.”

The Michigan Department of Corrections says it’ll work with lawmakers on the issue. In the meantime, they’re focused on training officers to keep unwanted packages from dropping out of the sky.