Problems Of Cell Phones in Prisons

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Cell phones are being increasingly smuggled by prisoners in correctional institutions and this is creating a problem throughout prisons in the country. A cell phone allows inmates to make unauthorized calls that are not supervised and they often use it for various illegal activities. They can use it for credit card fraud or for starting a prison riot. They also use the smuggled cell phones for evasion of taxes, drug peddling activities and even escaping from the institution. The cell phones are basically brought into the prison with the assistance of prison guards,  the inmate’s visitors or just thrown over the prison fence.

The government has tried combating the problem by means of using canine units that sniff out the cell phones hidden in the correctional institutions, but it has not been a fool proof method for stopping the problem. In order to bring about a permanent solution for the issue of smuggled cell phones in prisons, the South Carolina authorities submitted a petition to the FCC, the Federal Communications Commission. They requested that the only means of protecting the public and keeping them safe was to block the signals emitted from such banned cell phones, particularly those of calls originating from prisons. About 12 other state agencies supported and signed the petition which was filed two days before there was to be a hearing on the previous federal bill of 1934. The first bill stated that jamming of telecommunications from prisons should be banned and the Senate was to have a meeting regarding legislation to be passed on this Federal ban.

The bill that was proposed to solve the cell phone problem was named the ‘S.251: Safe Prisons Communications Act of 2009’. The main purpose of the bill was to target the previous Act that banned the jamming of phones in prisons. It was mainly intended to stop and block the signals emanating from the banned and smuggled cell phones in prisons and was aimed at making amendments to the Communications Act of 1934. The Act was passed on October 5th, 2099. The act was also referred to as the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. According to the conditions of the bill, states would be given the rights to petition the FCC and ask them for permission to jam or block telecommunication signals emanating from the cell phones in prisons.

All about the Safe Prisons Communications Act Of 2009

The Safe Prisons Communications Act is an amendment to the Communications Act of 1934. According to this new Act, either the Chief Executive Officer of the state or the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons could order devices to be installed in order to jam and block wireless signals emanating from the area of the prisons or facilities that were presently under his jurisdiction or control. The jamming was to be done according to the directions issued. The limitations imposed on these devices were that they could only be used in such a way that they would not interfere with the signals outside the area of the prison or the facility. The FCC had to adopt a final stand in deciding on the criteria for the proper manufacture and sale of the device, as well as issue directions regarding the shipment of the jamming device within states.

Ref: States Seek to Jam Prison Cell phone Signals by Solomon Moore, Published on July 13th, 2009.

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Problems Of Cell Phones in Prisons

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