Outrage after prisoner’s social media selfie boast

Jack Carter (left) takes a selfie from his prison cell
Jack Carter (left) takes a selfie from his prison cell

A WIGAN prisoner has caused outrage after taking a selfie from his cell and bragging about it on social media.

Jack Carter appears to have smuggled a mobile phone into Wymott Prison and shown blatant disregard for rules by taking a picture with a cellmate.

The 29-year-old then posted it on Facebook, writing: “selfie in my cellfie haha get on it.”

A friend asked him to send him his number and asked if he had credit, referring to him as a #LEGEND.

Carter is currently serving time following a recall for prison, in which he breached the conditions of his licence. His original offence was for attempted grievous bodily harm.

Not only is he breaking strict rules about convicts using social media, the act also poses questions as to whether or how he smuggled a mobile phone – which is also banned – into his cell in order to take the picture and access Facebook.

A Prison Service spokesman said an investigation was ongoing and could not give a comment about the prisoner.

She said: “We have made clear that it is totally unacceptable for prisoners to access social networking sites or instruct others to do so on their behalf.

“No prisoner should be in any doubt that if they break the rules they will be stripped of their privileges and may be reported to the police for further action.

“We have an agreement with Facebook to close down accounts being updated by or on behalf of serving prisoners.”

Carter’s selfie use comes as new legislation has been proposed to cut prisoners off form their mobile phones if they were used without permission.

Networks will be compelled to block mobile phones and SIM cards if they are being used in jail, as part of the Government’s proposed amendment to the Serious Crime Bill, which will be a powerful new tool in the fight against illicit mobile use in prisons.

Building on the recently introduced blocking technology and thorough searching processes that have already helped to increase seizures, the new legislation will take advantage of cutting-edge detection equipment that will allow prisons to identify unauthorised mobile phones and SIM cards being used within prisons.

Prison guards seize around 130 mobiles every week which are frequently used to run rackets inside from drug smuggling to contract killings or to harass their former victims or witnesses,

Use of a mobile behind bars is already punishable with a sentence of up to two more years in jail and an unlimited fine, but around 7,000 criminals still use them inside.

The most recent figures available show that a total of 7,451 illicit mobile phones were seized in prisons in England and Wales in 2013.