Cell Phones Behind Prison Walls - Authorities grapple with growing problem

Jul 10, 2017

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Last week’s daring escape by an inmate at a maximum security state prison has brought the issue of prisoners having smuggled cell phones behind bars to the forefront.

Authorities say that 46 year old Jimmy Causey, who was serving a life sentence for kidnapping, used contraband cell phones to aid in his escape from Lieber Correctional Center near Ridgeville in Dorchester County.

Officials say cellphones allow easy ways for prisoners to stay in touch with the outside world, and can even allow them to continue to be involved in criminal activities.

State officials want to be allowed to electronically jam cell phone signals in and around state prisons, but Federal Communication Commission regulations will not allow that.