International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Fighting Back Against Contraband Cell Phones: A Corrections Dilemma in an Ever Changing Technology Driven Society
Jacqueline Rhoden-Trader, Tiffany Brunson

The phenomena of cell phone as contraband is relatively new and ever changing in the correctional environment and is introduced into prisons at alarming rates which challenges correctional administrators and lawmakers to find effective methods to significantly reduce their influx in prison. Because contraband cell phones provide inmates with the ability to communicate among one another and coordinate criminal activities inside and outside prison, they are a growing threat to public safety. This paper aims to illuminate the issue of contraband cell phones, pertinent cases, and possible solutions to thwart the phenomena. Managed- access or jamming systems have been identified as viable solutions, however, their costs, constitutional threats and creativity of inmates coupled with an ever evolving technological milieu makes elimination of contraband cell-phones daunting for the criminal justice system.

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