The smuggling & concealment of phones are reaching epidemic proportions in prisons

The smuggling & concealment of phones are reaching epidemic proportions in prisons
As we've reported the numerous ways on how prison inmates are able to smuggle cell phones into the tough confines of prison walls, this growing problem of trying to combat these illegal activities are proving to be taxing to law enforcement officials. Although some inmates are carrying out long sentences, getting caught smuggling or concealing a cell phone does little in their attempts of keeping connected. Mobile phones are being used by criminals in their prison cells to carry out business such as drug trafficking, gang related meetings, and even for malicious extortion. Getting them brought into a prison is just the beginning as these criminals find ways of concealing them. Law enforcement officials have seen many ingenious ways on how these offenders manage to stow away these devices from their view – such as hiding them in their mattresses, secret compartment inside of a brush, inside the soles of their sneakers, and even unimaginable places within the human body. Even after performing full body searches, some times it just isn't enough in sniffing out all the contraband hidden away. Aside from bringing aboard trained dogs that can sniff out the distinct smell of cell phones, there are also high-tech methods in place such as a body-scanning chair that can penetrate and pinpoint phones concealed inside body cavities. Another problem that can be found is that there are some prison guards that are employed by criminals in smuggling cell phones – which again is another problem facing this growing epidemic.

source: The Daily Mail via Textually



1. vzwtech86

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 31, 2009

Hopefully their ringer isn't set to vibrate... Hahaha. Although I guess certain jail mates wouldn't mind too much...

2. ToddD00

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

So why don't prisons have jammers to block cell signals??

3. Tomkin

Posts: 1; Member since: May 09, 2010

Because they are unable to just control the wave to block the prison only and the senate said it would be dangerous to block surrounding neighborhoods incase someone broke out .

5. hammertong

Posts: 41; Member since: May 10, 2010

horse-hockey. Jammers have a limited range.

4. snakemann

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 17, 2008

not to mention the c.o.'s that are out in the tower and their radio goes out for someone reason will need to contact the desk to let them know of what's going on.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.