Cellphones becoming the hottest black market contraband in prisons
The whole system of getting the cellphones into a prison cell requires help from family members and friends on the outside. The phones are usually pre-paid models which are harder to trace. Once stolen, the phone is charged up with minutes and brought to a drop point where a crooked guard will smuggle it into the cell. Think of the tactics involved in a prison escape and then reverse them and you will get an idea of what is involved in sneaking the devices in to prison. Because most of the prison workers are not paid well, finding one who is willing to take the risk of carrying the phone behind bars is not too hard considering that he is the key person in making the scheme work. Texas currently has a bill sponsored by a State Senator that would create harsh penalties for any inmate caught with a cellphone in prison. The bill would also allow for monitoring of cell signals inside the walls.
Other solutions are being planned out at both the state and federal level. In January, U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady (Tex-R) introduced a bill that would allow prisons to jam cellphone signals within its walls. Last month, the Governor of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, asked for the same thing. But some states are relying on low tech methods to stop the cellphone smuggling. In Arizona, for example, dogs are being trained to sniff out handsets.
1. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Cell jamming? So an entire community has to suffer without cell service so the goverment can save a few pennies? Nice. Hope the people that made that tech need to make a 911 call in that area.
4. Jango_Fred (Posts: 53; Member since: 17 Dec 2008)
INSIDE prison walls. Not the entire community. I'm sure a transmitter can be designed to disrupt service within a small radius. In addition, how many people do you know that live or spend frequent time with a few hundred yards of a prison?
5. yourmom07 (Posts: 66; Member since: 07 Apr 2009)
WITHIN ITS WALLS legion. attn. to detail buddy.
2. iammclovin804 (Posts: 27; Member since: 26 Feb 2009)
so thats where all of vm's customers are coming from...
3. stuntz (Posts: 177; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
kinda funny, my friends gonna be a prison gaurd, i should sell him used cellphones...