By comparison, California prison officials announced last week that they have seized more than 7,000 smuggled cell phones this year.Sen. John Whitmire says "Texas ought to jam cell phones in our prisons and dare the federal government to do something about it," but it's pretty clear from the opposition by deep-pocketed cell phone companies the state would face litigation if they did that, and given the current law they'd almost certainly lose. Perhaps a more likely solution is being tried in Mississippi, where:
Last year, South Carolina found more than 2,000 handsets and accessories. And Maryland, whose prison system is only a fraction of the size of Texas' system, seized 947 last year.
officials recently installed a limited access system that blocks cell phone calls unless the numbers of the phones making them at a prison are approved to do so. Other states have said the technology is too costly. Mississippi officials are paying for it by increasing the cost for convicts to make legal phone calls from land lines inside prisons.Texas is already profiting from its relatively new in-prison phone system, so maybe they should take that money and apply it for a Mississippi-style system at the handful of units where they're most frequently finding cell phones and other contraband.