In the US state of Idaho, 364 prisoners managed to transfer a total of $ 225,000 into their accounts, hacking into the electronic money transfer system, The New York Times reported, citing the local prison administration.
This is not about banking, but about special prison accounts, money from which can be spent only for certain purposes, such as books, clothes and products in the prison shop.
In this case, losses were suffered not by taxpayers, but by private company JPay, which developed a system for transferring money, correspondence and access to the Internet for prisoners. The company managed to return about 65 thousand dollars. Also JPay blocked prisoners-debtors access to downloading music and games until they compensate for the damage. In addition, the prison administration accused them of administrative violations, which could result in temporary tightening of conditions of detention.