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January, 2011

Solutions to Stop Use of Contraband Cell Phones by Prisoners

January 3, 2011 - 11:08 AM


A few weeks ago a cell phone was found in Charles Manson's California prison cell. Corcoran, California Prison authorities confirmed that Manson had been in contact with people outside the prison walls, and for some time. Just last month, Georgia inmates are reported to have used them to coordinate a work strike across a number of the state's prisons.

A cell phone these days is apparently something the average American cannot live without. And, it seems, neither can the nation's inmates. This is a major public safety concern. Today, prisons across the nation are reportedly confiscating thousands of cell phones from inmates, yet this contraband is still being used by inmates daily.

Cell phones in the hands of prisoners present a serious threat to public safety. Despite federal and some state laws prohibiting their possession, today, thousands of prisoners nationwide are in possession of contraband cell phones and are conducting illegal enterprises despite serving time for other crimes. An inmate's illegal activity may involve discussions with fellow criminals outside the prison walls about drug trafficking, money laundering or intimidating witnesses — or worse, plotting their murders. This is a national problem that has been of concern for state and local law enforcement and department of corrections officials for sometime. And, it's a problem the FCC is committed to help solve.

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The Broadband Economy: A New Land of Opportunity

by Julius Genachowski, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
January 1, 2011 - 12:31 PM
The role that high-speed Internet plays in peoples' lives, in our quest for knowledge, in our economy and in our democracy exceeds even the wildest dreams that people had 15 years ago.



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Connecting America: Removing Barriers

by Jamal Mazrui, Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
January 1, 2011 - 12:25 PM

Spectrum: Supply and Demand

by Ruth Milkman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
January 1, 2011 - 12:17 PM

Broadband: Jobs and Innovation

by Sharon Gillett, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
January 1, 2011 - 12:12 PM

Public Safety: Safe and Secure

by Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau
January 1, 2011 - 11:40 AM

Consumers: Technology is Personal

by Joel Gurin, Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
January 1, 2011 - 11:13 AM

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