Summary of “How an inmate hacker turned a prison upside down”

By 2015, Johnston had been in prison for 15 years, but called home frequently, affectionately referring to his mother as “Woman.” After she told Johnston over the phone how she had intervened in an episode of familial drama, he told her, “You done started a shit storm, woman, huh?” Other times, they’d reminisce: on one call, Gallienne recalled seeing fish tanks inmates kept at the prison, and watching one fish attempt an escape, leaping out of the tank and flopping on the floor helplessly.
Transkiy ran recycling, Johnston was treasurer, and Spriggs worked on IT. “This prison isn’t like what you see on TV or in the movies,” the warden, a former social worker, said onstage at the 2012 TEDx event, casually dressed in shorts and a green polo.
In one text, Gallienne sent Johnston an address, which Johnston told her “Sounds really close to your house.” The forensics team also discovered the applications to banks for credit cards under the name Kyle Patrick, a prisoner in the Ohio system.
Investigators turned to recordings of calls that Johnston had made to Gallienne from the prison.
Investigators moved to interview Johnston, who, in the meantime, had been moved two hours northeast to Grafton Correctional Institution, another facility in the Ohio prison system.
With remote access, Johnston could access the prison staff network from a nearby office, where he was already allowed.
An inmate caught up in the investigation was found in possession of a thumb drive loaded with porn, which Johnston admitted to downloading.
Later in the letter, Johnston’s mind turned to the future.

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