Ohio Prisons Cracking Down On Smuggled Cellphones

The Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections is cracking down on cellphones smuggled into its prison.(Photo: flickr.com)
The Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections is cracking down on cellphones smuggled into its prison.(Photo: flickr.com)

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections says it is cracking down on cellphones smuggled into the state’s prisons.

The state has spent more than $300,000 in the past year to buy electronic equipment used to detect cellphones, which inmates are not allowed to possess. They’re being used in the state’s 28 prison facilities and four regional parole offices.

Traditional detection methods turned up 483 cell phones in Ohio prisons last year, but many more likely go undetected.

Lebanon Correctional Institution Warden Ernie Moore says cellphones behind bars are dangerous because they give inmates the ability to continue criminal activity from the inside.

Popular smuggling methods include using books and hefty legal documents with sections cut out to hold a phone.

Comments
  • Richard J. Lott

    Seriously this is a problem that we are not allowing people in jail access to basic commication. If they are not allowed cellphones then maybe we should allow them free phone calls rather than the current system which charges the person on the other end $4 a minute.

  • Lee

    With the utmost respect to Mr. Lott, this is not a problem about the person who made a bad choice, ended up in jail for a while & can’t call their spouse or children on their birthday or weekends. I honestly do feel for that person, but this is about the repeat offender/career criminal who has phones smuggled in to use or sell to others to continue comitting crimes. To continue to run their drug organizations because they can still call their instate or out of state contacts. To put hits out on people who may testify in court against them, whether that means burning down someone home/business or killing them or their family members. To make money “renting” them out to others for calls which may or may not be of criminal nature. Yes, some mobiles being smuggled in may be used to only call loved ones but this is definitely not always the case. Prison phones calls are recorded & can be traced if criminal activity happen, mobile calls can not be. I also understand a $4 phone call can be hard on a family, but nothing in this world is free. The phone companies are not going to hand out free services to prisons without tacking on extra costs to everyone else. How would a parent feel if they found out they were chipping in to pay for phone privileges of the person who assaulted/murdered their child?