South Carolina Prisons Wanting to Jam Cell Phone Signals - DatelineCarolina

South Carolina Prisons Want to Jam Prisoner's Cell Phone Signals

By: Kayla Parker

Posted September 22, 2010 11:27 am

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is trying to convince the federal government to allow South Carolina prisons to use equipment that jams cell phone signals being used illegally by prisoners.

Sanford spoke Tuesday at a prison in Columbia.  He was joined by Captain Robert Johnson who was almost killed in his home earlier this year.  Police say Johnson was attacked on orders from a prison inmate who used a smuggled cell phone. Johnson is also in charge of keeping contraband out of prisons.

A federal law says the Federal Communications Commission can allow federal agencies jam public airwaves but doesn't allow state and local authorities to do so.

There has been no word if a request from South Carolina officials has been taken asking to start a plan to jam cell phone signals in prisons.

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