May 15, 2010
CTIA Statement on How to Prevent Contraband Cell Phones in Prisons
CTIA-The Wireless Association® President and CEO Steve Largent issued the following statement in response to the Notice of Inquiry (NOI) issued by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Association (NTIA) on how to prevent contraband cell phones in prisons:
“CTIA and the wireless industry will be focused on educating the NTIA, the FCC, the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the National Institute of Justice on why they should support non-interfering technologies such as cell detection and managed access to solve the problem of contraband phones in correctional institutions.
These are preferred and superior solutions as they are lawful, currently available and would not cause interference for legal consumers or public safety officials. In fact, these non-interfering technologies were successfully demonstrated in 2009 at a Maryland prison where numerous states’ corrections officials were able to observe them in the field.
“We hope that as these organizations focus on this important issue, they join us in supporting stronger punishments for prisoners who are found with a contraband device – and those who supply them.”
Photo above by Corbis, published on the Daily Mail. The 1,800 mobile phones confiscated since 2006 at the state prison in Vacaville, California.
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