Can drones be stopped flying drugs into prisons?

With rapid changes in modern technology, criminal laws face challenges to move quickly to tackle new ways of offending.

A drone captured in action by craigalance under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 licence.

None of the law used in this drones case mentions a specific offence of using drones to convey articles into prison.

Creating new criminal offences

Eye in the sky — a drone flying for genuine reasons to taken images. Photo by Powie under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 licence.

Adapting to new technology

Criminal offences cannot be too widely drawn and if something is missed, it cannot be retroactively corrected — so some people may get away with conduct harmful to society until a new offence can be enacted to plug the gaps.

Considerations when creating new criminal offences

Making potential offenders think twice

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