Prosecutors call on Congress to pass legislation allowing state prisons to jam cellphones
Top state prosecutors from across the country are again urging Congress to pass legislation allowing state prisons to jam the signals of cellphones smuggled to inmates, devices the attorneys argue allow prisoners to plot violence and carry out crimes.
Wilson’s office said there are plans to reach out to Democratic state prosecutors, arguing the issue isn’t a partisan one.
SOUTH CAROLINA DETENTION OFFICER FIRED AFTER ALLEGEDLY LETTING INMATE KISS HER AND USE CELLPHONEThey also cited a 2018 gang-related siege that raged for more than seven hours at a South Carolina prison, killing seven inmates.
One inmate described bodies "literally stacked on top of each other, like some macabre woodpile."
Corrections officials blamed the orchestrated violence — the worst U.S. prison riot in 25 years — in part on illegal cellphones.
"If inmates were blocked from using contraband cell phones, we could prevent serious levels of drug trafficking, deadly riots, and other crimes from happening," the prosecutors wrote.
South Carolina was the first state to apply to use this technology, but Stirling told AP on Tuesday that no action has been taken on the state’s application.
Federal prisons are allowed to jam cell signals behind bars, although none currently do, Stirling said.
CTIA and FCC officials did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment on a renewed push for jamming.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPCongress has previously considered jamming legislation, but no bills have been signed into law or even had a hearing.
U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., reintroduced such a measure in August in the previous Congress.
"I can only hope that at some point, Congress is going to take note."