CA Prisons Grapple With Inmate Cell Phone Crime Planning


Gangs in Southern California are using social networking sites and cell phones to orchestra crime, commit fraud, and traffic drugs, says the Inland Daily Bulletin in California. The California Institution for Men in Chino has assigned two staff members to try eliminating the use of pre-paid disposable phones in the prison.

The main problem for prisons is that there is no way to trace the information that is being relayed in the phone calls, unlike land lines which can be monitored. “It’s getting to the point that gangs are circumventing all our investigations because of these media outlets,” said John Santos of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The only consequence to inmates is having 30 days added to their sentence, and that’s only if the cell phone is connected to a crime, he said.

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