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Commissioner Pai's Field Hearing on Contraband Cellphones

2:00 pm - 4:15 pm EDT
South Carolina Bar Conference Center, 1501 Park St., Columbia, SC 29201

This event on inmates’ use of contraband cellphones was hosted by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. The field hearing was open to the public. See the News Release for the agenda and additional information.


"I am honored that this distinguished group has agreed to participate in this field hearing. Their testimony will shed additional light on the public safety threats posed by inmates’ use of contraband cellphones, as well as the steps we can take to help law enforcement combat this problem.” - Ajit Pai, FCC Commissioner

Remarks and Testimony

Opening Remarks

Panel One: Problems

  • Robert Johnson, Captain (Ret.), South Carolina Department of Corrections, shot six times in a hit ordered by an inmate using a contraband cellphone
  • Homer Bryson, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Corrections, on behalf of the Association of State Correctional Administrators
  • Laura Hudson, Executive Director, South Carolina Crime Victims’ Council
  • Mitch Lucas, Assistant Sheriff, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, and President, American Jail Association, on behalf of the National Sheriffs’ Association

Panel Two: Solutions

  • Marjorie Conner, outside counsel for solution vendor CellAntenna
  • Gerard Keegan, Assistant Vice President, CTIA, a wireless industry trade association
  • Bryan Stirling, Director, South Carolina Department of Corrections
  • Dan Wigger, Vice President and Managing Director for solution vendor CellBlox

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