SC executive seek to obstruct cellphone signals over prisons

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 11:27 AM

"Every day and every night, I keep my breath," Gov. Nikki Haley said during a hearing in Columbia with executive from the FCC and cellphone industry, saying she dreads getting a call that a cellphone-orchestrated prison revolt has occurred.

SC executive seek to obstruct cellphone signals over prisons

SC executive on Wednesday renewed their call for federal assistance in dealing with the dangers of cellphones behind prison walls, telling Federal Communications Commission executive they necessity permission to obstruct cell signals altogether to hold both prison employees and the public at large safe.

"Every day and every night, I keep my breath," Gov. Nikki Haley said during a hearing in Columbia with executive from the FCC and cellphone industry, saying she dreads getting a call that a cellphone-orchestrated prison revolt has occurred.

At Haley'south invitation, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai spent the day in the state, gathering information in what Pai has said he hopes will be an effort to rejuvenate agency action on cellphones.

Haley and SC prisons executive have long spoken of the dangers of cellphones, which are smuggled by the thousands into the state'south institutions. Executive declare they're thrown over fences interior hollowed out footballs, whisked in by corrupt employees or sometimes even dropped by drone.

Corrections Director Bryan Stirling and his predecessor, Jon Ozmint, have sought permission to jam cell signals at the state'south prisons, but a one thousand nine hundred thirty-four law says the FCC can grant permission to jam public airwaves only to federal agencies, not state or local ones.

In two thousand-eighth, the state got FCC permission for a one-time test of a jamming system at Lieber Correctional Institution, residence to the state'south death row. Executive flipped a switch on a briefcase-sized device, which emitted a frequency that immediately close down cellphones around the auditorium, while outside, cell service was uninterrupted.

Five FCC commissioners voted in two thousand-thirteenth on a proposal to kick-start a conversation about what the agency could do to combat the problem, but that effort never advanced.

"The status quo isn't acceptable," said Pai, who in Oct visited a GA prison to memorise about issues there. "We owe it to all Americans ... to obtain the job done."

The cellphone industry says jamming can interfere with emergency communications and legitimate cellphone utilize nearby. They advocate other, potentially more expensive technology they declare can be more precise but has seen only limited use.

"When we consider these proposals, we've to also consider the negative consequences of them," said Gerard Keegan of CTIA, a wireless industry trade association, reading an article about people living close a Honduran prison who can't utilize their own cellphones because of jamming. "We wish to work cooperatively."

Central to Wednesday'south hearing was testimony of Robert Johnson, who in two thousand-tenth was shot six times exterior his Sumter home. Johnson, who then oversaw anti-contraband efforts at Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison, survived, has endured more than a dozen surgeries and is now retired.

Authorities have said Johnson was the first U. S. corrections officer harmed by a hit ordered from an inmate'south illegal cellphone. He's become an advocate for pushing authorities to authorize prisons to utilize jamming technology.

"If the SC Dept of Corrections had been able to obstruct cellphone signals, my ordeal wouldn't have happened," Johnson said Wednesday. "Why are we allowing inmates to continue to damage people?"

Earlier Wednesday, Stirling led Pai on a tour of Lee, which executive declare is among the state'south most risky prisons. In recent years, there have been two large insurrections, including one in which an inmate overpowered a guard and used his keys to free others from their cells in a six-hour standoff. Two officers were stabbed during a fight last year.

Walking the facility'south halls with Stirling, Pai met wardens and officers who told him of threats they've experienced because of inmates' skill to have unfettered, unmonitored cellphone conversations. One associate warden said he intentionally took different routes home, more than an hr away, after an inmate using a cellphone threatened his family. Another said one of his children had moved out of state because of fear after an inmate used a phone to see up his family details and track him down.

"It'south just a fixed battle," Stirling told Pai, as they examined a display of hundreds of cellphones and other contraband seized in a single raid. "We are desperate."

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