August 11, 2010
President Obama signs into law ban on cell phones in federal prisons
Hoping to stop federal inmates from directing crimes from behind bars, President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday a prohibition on cell phone use by prisoners. CNN reports.
The law prohibits the use or possession of mobile phones and wireless devices, and calls for up to a year in prison for anyone found guilty of trying to smuggle one to an inmate.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons confiscated more than 2,600 cell phones from minimum security facilities and nearly 600 from secure federal institutions last year.
... Cell phones are prized among inmates, officials said. A government report said California prison inmates pay $500 to $1,000 per cell phone.
The new law calls for a government study to be issued in a year to measure the effectiveness of the new prohibition.
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