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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

California Prison Cellphones: Illegal Devices Will Be Disabled And Inmates Will Be Forced To Use Payphones

California Prison Cellphones: Illegal Devices Will Be Disabled And Inmates Will Be Forced To Use Payphones

Everybody wants a piece of the action! I guess the Billion dollars AT&T made in one year from inmate calls is too tempting not to get in on. This article speaks to a plan with the State and Global Tel Link (GTL) who will be spending millions to install the systems and technology to prevent cell phones from working in prisons. They (GTL), are saying that cellphones smuggled in for inmates to use instead of the pay phones, "is a growing problem".  The usual long-lines at the pay phones to make collect calls was quite telling to say the least.  And by the way...evidently, the "Who" is smuggling the phones in does not seem to be much of a problem but then reports show that "Prison Personnel" are #1 on the list of smuggling contraband into prisons so they wouldn't want to spend any money there.

It seems apparent that the reduction in inmates usage of the pay phones is putting a dent in their pockets. I can only guess that because it appears these inmates have found another way to communicate with the outside besides making "collect calls", some "financial relief" is being felt by the generally "poor and lower income people" the inmates usually call.

Common Sense..., many of us do have it...so for those of us  everyday folks, who are more "in the know" and/or has ever had a loved one locked up, we know, inmates are most likely calling to connect with and hear the voices of the people they love such as wives, girlfriends, children and parents. However "they" are justifying this ploy to build support for their actions by saying the smuggled cellphones to inmates are being used to "run criminal interprises, intimidate witnesses and plan attacks on prison guards." I guess we are to believe none of these inmates have loved ones they would rather call for free.

That's just my brief take on it.

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