With all of the high-tech answers out there to today's corrections challenges, it can be difficult to see that sometimes the best solution might be the simplest one. This week's story covers an idea used for generations, and it needs little more than love, feeding, walks and a few treats. But, really, who doesn't need that every now and again?
Jim, Corrections.com editor
By Ann Coppola
They can text, but they can't hide
The presence of cell phones inside correctional facilities can endanger everyone, from staff to inmates and even to the outside public. Phones can be used to plan escapes as well as attacks on other inmates, officers, witnesses, or others outside the facility.
They also can be help inmates threaten enemies, carry out contraband trafficking, or organize gang activity. Many departments these days are utilizing metal detectors, X-ray machines, and visitor inspections to prevent phones from getting smuggled in, but these efforts don’t appear to be a complete solution.
While the South Carolina Department of Corrections and others are currently looking at technology such as cell phone signal jamming as alternative solutions to this problem, a less high-tech way to “drop” these unwanted calls for good is available. Read this week's full story.
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Regarding Notes from the home front
This is a great article. I know that I will need all of the support that my family can give me, especially in the beginning. I will be gone for extended periods of time without seeing them to start, and it will be an oasis coming home on the "weekends" and just hanging out with my wife and kids. Again...great article.
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"I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty."
- George Burns (1896 - 1996) U.S. actor & comedian