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No Cell Phones in Class… No Cell Phones in Federal Prison…

August 11, 2010 Leave a comment

President Obama has made it against the law for federal inmates to have cell phones. The motives behind this are to prevent federal inmates from orchestrating crimes from behind bars. A study will also be executed to measure the effectiveness of this new law. The new law bans the use or possession of mobile phones and other wireless devices for inmates. If one tries to smuggle in such a device to an inmate, they can spend up to a year in prison. Last year alone, the Federal Bureau of Prisons did away with 2,600+ cell phones in minimum security prisons and about 600 in federal institutions. As one of the most prized purchases in prison, California inmates are known to have paid anywhere from $500 to $1,000 for a cell phone.

Iowa Senator Cherles Grassley stated that “making it illegal for criminals to use cell phones and wireless devices in federal prison cuts their communication link and helps keep our communities safe”.