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Phones in prisons

The New York Times reports on the growing number of smartphones in prisons, where phones are a federal felony that comes with a sentence of an extra year. They're helping prisoners connect with the outside world, organize and of course, post to their Facebook walls and tend their imaginary cows. Last month, a phone was found under Charles Manson's mattress in a California prison. Usually, relatives pay the service fees for the phones.

From the Times:

Although prison officials have long battled illegal cellphones, smartphones have changed the game. With Internet access, a prisoner can call up phone directories, maps and photographs for criminal purposes, corrections officials and prison security experts say. Gang violence and drug trafficking, they say, are increasingly being orchestrated online, allowing inmates to keep up criminal behavior even as they serve time.

There have been lots of ideas to try to put a stop to this, including jamming the signals in prisons, but cellphone industry isn't for that. Mississippi has a solution they've been trying out - monitor all activity on all calls, and texts, calls and so on that go out on phones not on an approved list are shut down. But, some organizations are trying to get prisons to embrace technology - these phones help prisoners stay in touch with a fast-changing world.

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Here are some facts. Manson sent several of his followers to Kill people he did not know. he had total control over these minions as they lived in his camp and were sustained by the endeavors he undertook. He is a crazy racist as, i suspect, are you, Dikhead

I can't stand it when reporters don't do their jobs.......REPORT THE TRUTH! Manson was found with a battery to a cell phone not an actual cell phone & this happened LAST April/May not last month!!! Stop being lazy & gather facts!! Facts like, Manson has spent the last 41 years in a cell for killing NO ONE! Manson wasn't allowed to call any witnesses...NOT ONE, Manson had his 6th amendment right to defend himself DENIED FOR NO GIVEN REASON, black listed by then president Nixon who later turned out to be the biggest crook of them all, tried by a judge who murdered over 20 innocent Japanese citizens during the war who some claim is the sole reason behind the attacks on Pearl Harbour, prosecuted by a known woman abuser who also loved to purjer himself & hide evidence to gain fame & fortune & all at the cost of an innocent mans life!!! GET THE FACTS PEOPLE!!!

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