The use of cell phones in prisons is reportedly becoming a major issue.
Wired PR News — Prison cell phone use is reportedly becoming a major issue in the US. As reported by TIME, prison officials are struggling to prevent the use of cell phones by inmates, who contact people inside as well as outside of prisons, at times to harass their victims.
As noted in the report, over 2,800 cell phones were confiscated in California prisons in 2008. Congressman Kevin Brady is quoted in the TIME report as stating of the issue, “The problem has quickly gotten out of control nationwide… Criminals are using cell phones even from death row to threaten victims and harass lawmakers. Inmates are making literally thousands of calls from prison.”
As further noted by TIME, many prison officials are seeking to get legislation passed that would aid in combating the issue by jamming signals for cell phones within the walls of prisons.