Con­gress calls on FCC to end prison cell­phone prob­lem

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COLUMBIA | More than 50 mem­bers of Con­gress are call­ing on fed­eral reg­u­la­tors to come up with a so­lu­tion to com­bat cell­phones in the na­tion’s pris­ons.

In a let­ter ob­tained Thurs­day by The As­so­ci­ated Press, 48 House mem­bers and four sen­a­tors wrote to the Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion that ad­dress­ing the se­cu­rity threat posed by con­tra­band cell­phones is “an is­sue of crit­i­cal im­por­tance.”

The signees ask the FCC to set up a meet­ing with prison of­fi­cials, cell­phone com­pa­nies and the FBI, and to re­port back to Con­gress on their progress.

The ac­tion fol­lows let­ters by a top of­fi­cial with the Depart­ment of Jus­tice and by South Carolina Cor­rec­tions

Di­rec­tor Bryan Stir­ling de­scrib­ing the dan­gers posed by in­mates’ un­fet­tered abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate with each other and the out­side world.

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