By: Robert Johnson

When news broke that disgraced tycoon Martin Shkreli has been using a contraband cellphone to operate his multi-million-dollar pharmaceutical business from prison, people were understandably outraged. After all, this convicted criminal, who shamelessly bilked consumers and gamed the system to enrich himself, was now doing the same thing behind bars.

As a retired Department of Corrections captain, this story hit particularly close to home for me. That’s because in 2010, when I worked as an officer at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina, I was very nearly murdered by a gang member in a retaliation attack coordinated by an inmate using a contraband phone.