“Regrettably, prisons are barred from jamming cell phones under the Federal Communications Act. Sen. Hutchison’s legislation addresses this problem head-on by allowing State and Federal correctional facilities to petition the FCC for a waiver allowing the jamming of cell phone signals within the boundaries of the prison,” said Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police.
“Inmates armed with cell phones pose a dangerous threat to law enforcement officials and the public. Our prisons are working to meet this challenge, but traditional security measures, such as trained dogs, handheld scanners, and metal detectors have proven ineffective. We must provide corrections officers with a comprehensive solution that includes the tools necessary to prevent the use of phones when they evade detection and discovery,” said Sen. Hutchison. “I have been working with law enforcement officers and corrections professionals to address this problem, and my legislation would establish a process for granting prisons authority to use cell phone signal jamming equipment.”
On behalf of the 327,000 members of the National Fraternal Order of Police, Mr. Canterbury sent a letter of endorsement to Sen. Hutchison, pledging support for the Safe Prisons Communications Act of 2009.
The letter of endorsement may be read here.
RELEASE: Senator Hutchison Pushes to Allow Prisons to Block Inmate Cell Phone Calls