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Cell Phones in Prison

Pane at the 2010 NIJ Conference
Ellen Scrivner, Deputy Director, National Institute of Justice; Gary D. Maynard, Secretary, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Service; Harley Lappin, Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Department of Justice; Aaron D. Kennard, Executive Director, National Sheriffs' Association; James Arden Barnett, Jr., Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communication Commission; Larry D. Atlas, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary, National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Criminals are using cell phones illegally in prisons and jails to conduct their business and intimidate witnesses. Although technology solutions to this problem are available, they can create new challenges, such as legal and implementation issues associated with cell phone use in correctional facilities. Panelists will discuss various aspects to consider from how prisoners use cell phones, to day-to-day and operational aspects, to legal and regulatory concerns.

Date Published: June 1, 2010