A new paper by the National Institute of Justice examines the challenges that the new generation of cell phones poses to the corrections community. Now smaller than ever and with both audio, video and data capacity, the NIJ reports that cell phones have been used to conduct illegal activity. In the first half of 2008, California corrections officials confiscated 1,331 cell phones from inmates, but technology that senses and blocks phone signals is expensive, and can interfere with staff cell phones.To read the whole report click here.
Monday, December 28, 2009
NIJ: Solutions to cell phone contraband mostly "expensive and labor intenstive"
Via the Crime Report:
The short, two-page report includes a tidbit about cell-phone sniffing dogs, which have received significant press recently, declaring such efforts have "not been rigorously evaluated. Dog training can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Dogs must be close to the phone, and anecdotal evidence suggests that the phone must be left in the same place for a considerable time to be found."
Besides cell-phone jamming, which is illegal for now unless Congress changes a federal communications law that's been on the books since the 1930s, most proposed solutions to the problem, says NIJ, are "expensive and labor intensive."