The FCC has taken a first step towards making it easier for states to block contraband cell phones in prisons.
An order approved Thursday would simplify the process for prisons to use “Contraband Interdiction Systems” to detect cell signals in a specific area. Commissioners voted unanimously after hearing testimony from former South Carolina correctional Captain Robert Johnson. Johnson was shot six times in 2010 at his Sumter County home in what investigators said was a hit organized by an inmate using a smuggled cell phone.
“This was an attempted murder on my life on the orders of a locked-up gang member using cell phones,” he told commissioners. “This sounds like something out of South America. This technology may have been able to stop this from happening and it was available.” [Read more…]