SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say inmates are using social networks and the growing numbers of smartphones smuggled into prisons and jails to harass their victims or accusers and intimidate witnesses.

California corrections officials who monitor social networking sites say they have found many instances in which inmates taunted victims or made unwanted sexual advances.

It’s often difficult for authorities to determine for sure who’s sending the threatening material — and the few people caught rarely face serious consequences.

California approved a law bringing up to six months in jail for corrections employees or visitors who smuggle phones into state prisons, while inmates caught with the phones can now lose up to 180 days of early-release credit.

Last June, Oregon approved a law prohibiting inmates from contacting their domestic violence victims from behind bars.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Comments (8)
  1. Gene Rossi says:

    This is appalling news . . . .
    Just what the hell do you guards do. .
    You make big bucks keeping track of prisoners
    but apparently you can’t even do this to well. . . .

    Get those phones out of the prisoners hands…

  2. lushrimbaugh says:

    Its the guards or Correctional Officers as they like to be called bringing the phones in !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Blah says:

    SO now the real question is who should be feared more the criminals or the CO’s???!?!..Because the CO’s are assisting these low lives by smuggling in the phones they are no better then the men in jail!..LMAO and The CO’s get paid by the state lol!!! This world is a S8ithole!!!

  4. anonymous says:

    they should put some sort of password on their internet access….i don’t know alot about computers or anything but if im not mistaken you can put a lock on your network keeping any unauthorized devices from logging on..
    but of course now with 4g networks and stuff this probably wouldn’t even begin to work

  5. Swim says:

    And who’s silly idea was it to make jamming impossible in these places. Military get’s to do it so why not prisons?

  6. Whitey says:

    I have a simple solution. Everytime a convict gets caught with a cell phone in his or her possession, they lose a finger. Period. Hack it off and feed it to the dog.


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