California rethinks high-tech drive to bar prison cellphones

Dec 23, 2015 2:16 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's high-tech solution to illegal prison cellphones may be unable to keep up with advances in technology quickly enough, so state officials have stopped expanding it as planned.

Prisoners are not allowed to have cellphones because officials say they can be used to coordinate attacks and harass victims.

California began installing devices four years ago to prevent unauthorized cellphone signals from reaching their destination.

That effectively turns contraband phones into paperweights.

Officials tell The Associated Press the system may be coming up short as cellular providers switch to more advanced systems. They have stopped expanding the program beyond the 18 prisons where it currently is in place.

There is no cost to taxpayers because the prison phone company recoups its cost from the fees inmates pay to use land lines.

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