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Calif. Prisons To Block Prisoner Cell-Phone Use

April 17, 2012  | 

CC_Flickr: EYECCD
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The private company that maintains the pay phones in California prisons has agreed to install technology to block the use of smuggled cellular phones by prisoners.

Global Tel Link agreed to spend millions to install the technology, which is expected to increase use of the pay phones.

Like other states, California is battling a plague of phones smuggled to inmates. Many are used by lonely prisoners to stay in touch with family and friends, but they've also been used to run criminal enterprises on the streets, organize assaults on guards and intimidate witnesses, reports the Los Angeles Times.


Comments (5)

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Martin @ 4/17/2012 6:15 PM

Sounds like a plan to me!

187bulldog @ 4/17/2012 7:02 PM

It is long overdue

[email protected] @ 4/17/2012 9:31 PM

Gee, wonder how they smuggle those 'phones in? Maybe lax searches on visitors? Nah, that can't be it.

Mike @ 4/24/2012 7:47 AM

The phones get in the same way drugs and other contraband does. The difference is phone signals can be jammed. Good decision to use this technology.

CharlieB @ 3/26/2013 2:58 PM

Manson, housed in the PHU, was found for a second time with a cell phone. The only way for him to have gotten a cell phone was from staff.

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