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Prison officials target cellphones

3 years ago August 13, 2011 Aug 13, 2011 Saturday, August 13 2011 Saturday, August 13, 2011 9:18:45 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

ZACHARY, La.- State corrections officials are considering a telephone access program to curtail unauthorized cellphone use in state prisons, corrections spokeswoman Pam Laborde said.

The Advocate reported authorities have confiscated 32 cellphones this year from inmates at the Angola state penitentiary, and two more were found before they could be carried into the prison.

Angola Warden Burl Cain said officers have been confiscating cell phones "right and left."

Cain said some are brought in by people who buy cheap phones at retail and then resell them to inmates for huge profits. The money probably is fronted by inmates' families, he said, since cash also is considered contraband at the prison.

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