By Joe Orlando, CDCR Public Information Officer

Cell phones in the wrong hands can have deadly consequences.

If a cell phone is smuggled into a prison, and an inmate tries to communicate through social media with a victim or that victim’s family, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) through the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services will work to shut it down, alert prison officials and confiscate the phone.

CDCR is also working on controlling the issue through Managed Access, a technology used to manage authorized and unauthorized phones.

There are now 18 prisons throughout the state using Managed Access. California has the largest deployment of Managed Access of any prison system in the United States, with no cost to the taxpayers.

See the video report at https://MEDIA.cdcr.ca.gov/OPEC/2014/Managed AccessFX.wmv (must use Internet Explorer to view)

Or on YouTube at https://youtu.be/Eit8yTVvDRk

What happens to some of the contraband cell phones?

Avenal State Prison donated 684 cell phones. Read about it at, http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2014/07/avenal-state-prison-donates-684-contraband-cell-phones/

Pleasant Valley State Prison donated cell phones to soldiers. Read about it at, http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2014/06/pvsp-donates-to-cell-phones-for-soldiers/

California Rehabilitation Center donated cell phones and money to charity. Read about it at, http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2014/04/crc-donates-contraband-cell-phones-money-to-charities/

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran donates to soldiers. Read about it at, http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2014/03/satf-donates-phones-to-cell-phones-for-soldiers/

California Rehabilitation center donates cell phones to help fight domestic violence, http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2013/08/crc-donates-140-confiscated-cell-phones-to-help-fight-domestic-violence/

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