Jerry signs cell phone smuggling bill

Oct 6th, 2011 | By | Category: Cell phones, Politics-Relevant;
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Governor Brown signed the misdemeanor cell phone smuggling bill, SB 26, today.  He also issued an executive order to CDCr to increase searches of staff entering the prisons.

Clicking here will link to an incredibly brief News10.net piece on this subject.

Thanks to the ever-vigilant Mouse for the link.

XREF: State getting semi-tough on inmate cellphones

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5 Comments to “Jerry signs cell phone smuggling bill”

  1. Sayjack says:

    What percentage of cell phone are smuggled in by security staff? Nobody knows. Is there any research that indicates some real numbers? No. Are politicians using this issue in an attempt to weaken the union through bad publicity? Yes.

    • Bob Walsh says:

      True, nobody knows but it is likely to be significant. After all staff have been fired for doing so and money has been traced back to them so at least some of it is directly traceable to custody staff.

    • pacovilla says:

      I disagree. While there is no telling what percentage of the contraband is introduced by custodial staff, making it a crime for anyone to smuggle phones is good common sense. It should be a felony, as I see it. If the union is opposing criminalizing phone smuggling, I haven’t heard of it. Shame on them if that’s the case tough.

      Sayjack, you are working in a new world of corrections that Bob and I never saw: Drug cartels have a direct line into our pens. These are the guys who kill cops, reporters, wardens etc. Those phones will invariably be used to undertake coordinated actions, riots, takeovers and escapes.

      Get serious, Bub.

  2. kl2008a says:

    How much do you want to wager that Clark Kelso will have the medical staff exempted from this order?

    • Bob Walsh says:

      I am confident that the medical positions, in proportion to whatever decrease in inmate population will occur, are indeed secure.