I recently read a statement put out by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison urging support for her bill, ” The Safe Prisons Communications Act creates a framework for the FCC to test and approve jamming equipment and to review applications from corrections facilities seeking to install cell phone jammers. Most importantly, to ensure the integrity of wireless networks for public safety and commercial wireless providers, and minimize any chance of interference, the legislation outlines the coordinated efforts from all stakeholders, including prisons and the telecommunication providers.”
According to Hutchison cell phones are used within the prison walls to coordinate crimes outside the wall, including murders, intimidation and fraud. The idea struck me as one that could be a slippery slope but one could hardly argue that prisoners have a “right” to cell phones – or do they. I would love to hear comments on this one.