Calif. Gov. Brown signs bill banning cell phones in prisons

Gov. says will help "break up an expanding criminal network" that uses contraband cell phones to organize crime from behind bars


San Bernardino County Sun

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill making it a misdemeanor to smuggle cell phones to California inmates while also ordering corrections officials to crack down on the problem.

Brown announced his signing of SB26 on Thursday. He says the bill by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles will help "break up an expanding criminal network" that uses contraband cell phones to organize crime from behind bars. Prison officials seized nearly 11,000 phones last year.

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