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Correctional Service moves to stem cellphones in prisons

Published:Thursday | August 20, 2015 | 8:54 AM

The head of the Correctional Services Department, Ina Hunter Fairweather, says the agency has developed a plan to address the smuggling of cellular phones to persons incarcerated in Jamaica’s prisons.

Prisoners are not allowed to have cellular phones, however, there have been reports of widespread ownership of the mobile devices by inmates.

The police have, in the past, raised concerns that incarcerated thugs were still ordering their enemies' deaths from prison cells, using cellular phones.

Hunter Fairweather says the correctional services department will soon be implementing a plan to stem the flow of the contraband into the island’s prisons.

However, she would not go into specifics.

Previous efforts to stop the smuggling have failed including an $8.5-million cellular phone signal jammer purchased by the Government in 2003 to bar outgoing calls at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre.

It was rendered useless less than three years after its installation.

It was also reported that unscrupulous warders had been sabotaging smaller replacement jammer units.