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Wednesday, 06 October 2010 14:36

States Use Canines for Cell Phone Search

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GALT, Calif. (AP) — They’ve been finding hidden bombs, drugs and corpses for years, using their sense of smell to locate what their human handlers would otherwise have to see in plain sight.

Now dogs are being deployed in prisons to help curb one of the most serious problems confronting corrections officials: smuggled cell phones.

September 30, 2010

Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla today verbally slapped Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for vetoing his legislation to make furnishing a cell phone to a state prison inmate a misdemeanor crime.

The Los Angeles lawmaker, in a written statement, characterized Schwarzenegger's veto of Senate Bill 525 as irresponsible and says it "gives the green light to smugglers."

Sep 8, 2010 4:34 PM, By Donny Jackson

Officials from the FCC and multiple state-corrections departments today attended a demonstration event highlighting the first deployed managed-access system in the U.S., which is being used to combat contraband cell-phone use by Mississippi state prison inmates.

By Sara Jerome - 09/10/10 02:46 PM ET

The Mississippi prison system rolled out technology last month that made it the first state to use advanced technologies to prevent cell phone use by prisoners.

Playing keep-away with such tiny devices has been a struggle for jails, especially after the advent of pre-paid phones helped eliminate the paper trail.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010 01:09

Prison dogs on the hunt for drugs and cell phones

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This is a LKL Web Exclusive  by Richard Subia, Deputy Director, Division of Adult Institutions at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Richard is a guest TONIGHT on Larry King Live.

The opinions expressed below are his own and we welcome your comments.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has been using dogs to find narcotics for several years.
But  with the ban on tobacco products and the growing problem of contraband cell phones, I wanted to see if dogs could be used to find tobacco and cell phones. I contacted Sgt. Wayne Conrad and asked for his help. Sgt. Conrad handles CDCR's dog training program.  Once he was able to determine that cell phones did indeed have a unique odor, he developed a training plan.

Monday, 02 August 2010 02:11

Prison phone smuggling reduced

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By Paul Hammel
WORLD-HERALD BUREAU

LINCOLN -- Two years ago, a cell phone was smuggled to a death-row inmate in Texas, who made 2,800 calls in a month, including some threatening calls to a Texas state senator.

It was later discovered that a guard had been bribed to smuggle in the phone. Texas launched a $10 million initiative to install new metal detectors, body scanners and cell phone trackers in prisons by the end of 2009 and to increase pat searches of corrections officers. Altogether, 1,110 wireless phones were confiscated last year from Lone Star State prison cells.

Those who attempt to smuggle cell phones into Florida prisons could end up spending up to five years in one under a new law enacted October 1, 2008 making the introduction of cell phones into prison a third degree felony.

On Tuesday, October 7 at 9:30 a.m. at Broward Correctional Institution (CI), Department of Corrections Secretary Walter McNeil will speak about the implementation of the new legislation that takes aim at those smuggling a cell phone, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), Blackberries and similar devices into prisons statewide. News media are also invited to view a canine drug and cell phone detection demonstration. Debuting during the demonstration will be canine RAZOR, the first cell phone detection dog to work in Florida prisons. RAZOR is taking a break in her eight week training to demonstrate her skills thus far.
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