Can an inmate get charged with a crime for using a cell phone?

Yes, in some cases, and they will give up ‘good time’ and various privileges...

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Can an inmate get charged with a crime for using a cell phone?

Inmates are rarely charged with a crime for using a cell phone in prison or jail, however since some inmates make calls to conduct crime operations from inside, the matter is being given attention by lawmakers, politicians and those in the telecommunications industry.

California passed a law that allows the authorities to do so, and they can also charge staff, contactors and visitors with a crime that results in 6 months in county jail and a fineof up to $5,000 per cell phone.

According to USA Today, "the federal Bureau of Prisons confiscated 5,116 cellphones from its facilities in 2016." 

Offenders will give up ‘good time’ and various privileges for possessing contraband, including cell phones

 

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