Cellphones are sought-after contraband in state prisons
BY ANDREW KNITTLE NewsOK.com
Monday, November 12, 2012
11/12/12 at 5:45 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - Inmates smuggling cellphones into Oklahoma prisons wasn't that big a deal 10 years ago.
But today, cellphones have become one of the most sought-after contraband items in Oklahoma's prisons. Just since 2010, the number of cellphones confiscated by prison staff has grown considerably.
Through September of this year, corrections staff members have already snatched up 1,833 cellphones at Oklahoma's prisons. In 2010, there were just 1,070 cellphones confiscated by prison staff, while there were 1,383 in 2011.
Prison officials say cellphones are sought-after because they allow inmates to have unmonitored conversations - whenever they want. It also helps inmates smuggle in things such as drugs, cigarettes and other coveted items prisoners pay steep prices to get their hands on.
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Original Print Headline: Cellphones are sought-after in state prisons
The Associated Press contributed to this story.