Bid over phones in prison

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MOVES to crack down on the unau­tho­rised use of mo­bile phones in Scot­land’s prisons will be set out by the Jus­tice Sec­re­tary to­day.

The telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions re­stric­tions or­ders will strengthen ac­tion against the use of mo­biles from be­hind bars, min­is­ters be­lieve.

The Scot­tish Govern­ment’s plans in­clude the use of net­work tech­nol­ogy to block ac­tive phones within jails and court or­ders to re­move cer­tain phones from the net­work en­tirely. The block­ing tech­nol­ogy has al­ready been pi­loted at HMP Shotts and HMP Glenochil, it is un­der­stood.

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Michael Mathe­son will give ev­i­dence to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment’s Jus­tice Com­mit­tee on the is­sue to­day.

Speak­ing ahead of the meet­ing, Mr Mathe­son said: “The unau­tho­rised use of mo­bile phones in prisons po­ten­tially presents a se­ri­ous threat to both the se­cu­rity of prisons and the wider pub­lic.

“The Scot­tish Govern­ment has al­ready made changes to the law to cre­ate of­fences for the pos­ses­sion and in­tro­duc­tion of mo­bile phones or their com­po­nent parts to prisons, and to al­low in­ter­fer­ence with net­works within two prisons to dis­rupt phone use.”

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