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_Beware cell phones in state’s prisons_ (http://signalfire.org/?p=5986)
December 22nd, 2010 _No comments_ (http://signalfire.org/?p=5986#respond)
This month’s strike by inmates in prisons throughout the state have thrown
a much-needed spotlight on the problem of contraband cell phones in prison.
Indeed, corrections officials believe that the use of illegal devices
played a key role in organizing the statewide uprising.
Fortunately, this time around, the smuggled phones were only used to
coordinate a protest action against prison policies. They could have been used
for much worse.
In California, the notorious Charles Manson managed to get a hold of a cell
phone and call people across the country for reasons still unknown.
In Texas, a death row inmate threatened a state senator and his daughters,
and in New York another inmate used his cell phone to plan his escape.
Prisoners have also arranged drug deals, intimidated witnesses and recruited
gang members — all with the touch of a keypad.
It would, therefore, be unwise to dismiss this latest episode in six of our
state’s prisons as a passing affair and not take it as an opportunity to
implement an effective solution to the problems caused by cell phones in
Indeed, unless state lawmakers stop their dithering and start taking the
issue seriously, they might themselves be faced with another protest planned
and organized with contraband cell phones, and next time the protests might
Prison officials at both the state and federal level have advocated
numerous solutions to combat contraband cell phones in prisons.
Some have argued that managed access systems or jamming wireless signals in
prison are the most effective ways to control the problem.
In reality, managed access is an expensive solution in the elementary
stages of development, and while jamming would prevent prisoners from using
illegally smuggled phones, it’s implementation is currently illegal and the
technology has still not proven its accuracy for application in confined
In fact, of the solutions suggested by experts to counteract unauthorized
cell phone use in prison, only cell phone detection is affordable, adaptable
and immediately available.
And because detection systems allow one to locate and track phones, prison
officials can also use this technology to find additional contraband
stashed with the cell phone, such as tobacco, weapons or narcotics. It’s for
these reasons that detection systems have been introduced in several prisons in
the country, including one in Georgia.
In addition, detection systems can differentiate between calls originating
in “safe” areas, such as prison offices and parking lots, and calls placed
from inside designated off-limits areas, such as cellblocks. This allows
corrections officers and other prison officials, who depend on wireless
communications, to do their jobs.
Imagine if during this month’s strikes, the system meant to prevent
prisoners from using cell phones actually disabled the prison officials’ line of
communication as well. We simply can’t afford to place corrections officers
in that kind of danger.
This month’s prison strike was an early warning. As more inmates realize
that cell phones provide the only unmonitored form of communication from
within prison walls, cell phones will continue to grow in popularity.
Detection solutions, however, provide prison officials with a scalable and
affordable way to monitor cell phone activity from inside of a prison. It
is foolhardy to continue to ignore these systems in the face of a growing
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