Global Tel Link will pay millions to install technology in California prisons to block Web searches, text messages and phone calls by inmates using smuggled phones. The company will do the work for free because they are betting that once the contraband cell devices are disabled, demand for pay phones will skyrocket.
Like other states, California is battling the problem of phones smuggled to inmates, some of whom use them to run criminal enterprises on the streets, organize assaults on guards and intimidate witnesses, prison officials say. Last year, California prison guards confiscated more than 15,000 contraband phones, nearly one for every 11 inmates.
Basically, each prison will get its own cell tower, which prison officials will be able to control. They’ll make a list of approved phones that can send and receive signals, and all others will be rendered useless.
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