Follow-Up: Senate Panel Approves Cell Phone Jamming

contraband-cell-phone.jpgBackground: See The-Slammer article “Two Sides to Prison Cell Phone Jamming.”

Under a bill just approved by The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, states could seek permission to jam cell phones in prisons. The bipartisan bill will now move to the full Senate for consideration. The bill, sponsored by Kay Gailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) will enable current technology’s use to block illegal inmate calls from within prison walls to outside criminal elements. If the bill ultimately became law, the FCC have to run tests to make sure an installed system would not interfere with communications in the vicinity of the correctional facility using it.

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