Produced and editied by Todd Spencer | Television Specialist – OPEC

Contraband cell phones are a growing problem in correctional facilities nationwide. The illegal use of these phones circumvents the monitoring processes in prisons, and helps inmates commit new crimes. Since modern cell phones can record video, take photographs, record conversations, and provide Internet access, inmates can use them to coordinate assaults and harass innocent people in the community.

In Fall 2011, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Senate Bill 26 which makes it a misdemeanor to own an unauthorized cell phone in prison, or to try to take one into a prison.