2011 Government Accountability Office found a disturbing stat inside American prisons.
Back in February I posted about the unspoken economy of cell phones in U.S. prisons. These cell phones obtained by prisoners pose a serious public safety risk as they have been used by gangs to carry out hits on gang rivals outside the prison or to relay messages to other prisoners to cause violence in other prisons.
I recently contacted the Indiana Department of Corrections for an update of how many cell phones prison guards have confiscated in 2015. I want to thank INDOC spokesperson Isaac Randolph for the information.
Cell phones in prisons and jails are a hot commodity. Finding national numbers was hard to do, but to give you a perspective of how big it is, California prison guards found 9,000 in 2013.
State police officer told me one time while working on a tip they busted a female during visitation at a prison with 3 flip phones. They were wrapped up and “inside her”. That is is an example of great lengths to get these phones inside a prison. But why? Because the price it goes for.
In Texas, a deathrow inmate paid $2,100 for one phone.
In 2011, the NY Times found that
“payments for cellphones range from $300 to $1,000, depending on the type of phone and the service plan. Monthly fees are generally paid by inmates’ relatives.”
Prison guard in Las Vegas was paid $2,000 by an accused murderers family to smuggle in 2 cell phones.
Prison guard in New Jersey was set up in a sting and thought they were getting $1,000 for a cell phone from an inmate.