Oklahoma Prisons Recognize Illegal Cellphones as Problem
NewsOK.com's Andrew Knittle reported on Monday about the rising problem of contraband cellphones in Oklahoma correctional facilities.
The state has recognized that over the last decade, the issue has become increasingly problematic, with the number of confiscated phones rising dramatically. In 2012 alone, over 1,800 phones were snatched from inmates, versus around 1,000 units in 2010 and just under 1,400 in 2011.
The draw to the smuggled phones stems from the desire of inmates to have unmonitored conversations and access to online access, like social networking. Currently, inmate phone calls are conducted through means of monitored pay phone and calling cards. The illegal cellphones and smartphones have become akin to other prison contraband, like tobacco and drugs.