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Prison Official Worries about Smuggled Cell Phones (Dec 13, 2010)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The head of the state prison system says he's concerned about cell phones being smuggled to inmates.

Oklahoma Corrections Department Director Justin Jones says more than 1,000 have been confiscated so far this year. He tells The Oklahoman that the phones are smuggled in body cavities, thrown over fences and even hidden in the diapers of visiting children.

Jones says prison gangs have used cell phones to coordinate violent attacks and some state prisons have been locked down because of the violence.

Jones is hoping the Federal Communications Commission will change a rule that prohibits prisons from using jamming devices — but the FCC has resisted saying the devices could interfere with cell phones outside prisons.

Possession of a cell phone in a state prison is a felony punishable by up to two years in prison.

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