Southern Prisons Have a Smuggled Cellphone Problem - NBC News

Southern Prisons Have a Smuggled Cellphone Problem – NBC News

Cellphones smuggled into prisons — enabling inmates to order murders, plan escapes, deal drugs and extort money — have become a scourge in a bloc of states where corrections officers annually confiscate as many as one for every three inmates.Contraband devices snuck in by visitors or prison staff are a problem at lockups across the nation, but an NBC News review of data from 44 states shows that nine of the 10 states with the highest cellphone seizure rates are in the South.In South Carolina, prison officers have found and taken one phone for every three inmates, the highest rate in the country. In Oklahoma, it’s one phone for every six prisoners, the nation’s second-highest rate. Other states in the top 10 are Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida and Arkansas and Louisiana; the only one outside the region was California. NBC based its rankings on data provided by the state corrections departments.

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