Cell phone block about to happen?

Apr 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Miscellany, Security
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It would seem that CDCr has come up with a system to block the dangerous and illegal but common access to cell phones by guests of the state.  Global Tel Link has been awarded the contract to operate the inmate land-line telephones and part of that contract  diverts the revenue to use to block cell phone and wi-fi access to unauthorized cell phones at prisons.

The article in the Sacramento PRAVDA today linked here says that in tests for eight hours a day over an eleven-day period the program blocked more than 25,000 unauthorized cell phone calls.

I admit I am still not sure how this is going to work.  My understanding is that the feds need to authorize this due to various FCC issues.  I also wonder how it will affect people driving by on public roads near prisons, or even staff in the parking lots.  In any case the program is supposed to be up and running by the end of this year.

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2 Comments to “Cell phone block about to happen?”

  1. Howie Katz says:

    The April 17 issue of the Los Angeles Times has a better report on this story – PRISONS TO BLOCK USE OF SMUGGLED PHONES by Jack Dolan.

  2. FSP_CO says:

    Goosh I can’t wait until this goes up and blocks these dayum cell phones. Its sad how we confiscate so many and they re-appear like two times more. Corrupt free staff and a few bad apples of staff is the problem. These inmates aren’t worth a penny, but i am so looking forward to the day cell phones here at the prison are blocked. To my understanding the cell phones being blocked will be that of inmates…not to sure what parameters they’ll use to disquish between public and inmate cell phones.