Following CA’s Lead, Illinois to Crack Down on Prison Phones


Illinois is cracking down on people who try to smuggle portable phones into the state’s 30 prisons, reports the Bloomington Pantagraph. The state Department of Corrections is asking companies how much it would cost for them to install equipment to detect whether illegal cellphone calls are being made from within prison walls.

California recently approved similar measures designed to stop the flow of cellphones into their prison system, where the number of cellphones confiscated grew from 261 in 2006 to more than 10,700 in 2010. The problem is much smaller in Illinois, where just eight phones have been confiscated so far this year.

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