Thomas County Prison Cracking Down on Smuggled Cell Phones

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

The Thomas County prison says it is cracking down on smuggled cell phones.

Prison officials say they have recently taken a harder look at how cell phones and chargers are being snuck to inmates.

They say when prisoners are out working on clean-up crews, family members or friends have the opportunity to hide the contraband with the hopes that the inmate will be able to sneak it back to the prison.

Prison guards say the phones are dangerous because they allow inmates to communicate with the outside world, which can mean escape plans and more smuggled goods.


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  • by j horkin Location: ga on Jan 17, 2011 at 10:22 AM
    the tax payers should foot the bill for cell phones for the inmates.
  • by yep Location: tally on Jan 17, 2011 at 09:03 AM
    I hope they can get the cell phones out but they will never be able to keep them all out. A signal jammer would be the answer but the cost to install a system and keep it up and running would be through the roof.
  • by dog Location: gone on Jan 17, 2011 at 06:55 AM
    Try SEARCHING INMATES, and GUARDS. That should help.
  • by yvette Location: florida on Jan 17, 2011 at 06:51 AM
    I think its the officers bringing in the cell phones.Make it a felony to bring in a cell phones that's the way it is in the State Of Florida prisons.They should pat everyone down and make them go through the metal detector that should help count down on the contraband.
  • by HMA on Jan 17, 2011 at 06:23 AM
    This seems to be happenning a lot. Why not install some sort of signal jammer at the prison?
  • by 200 years behind time Location: nowhere georgia on Jan 17, 2011 at 06:07 AM
    thomas county what a joke. the county that time forgot. the only thing that is up to date is the jail and these lazy morons cant even run that.
  • by Anonymous Location: Thomas County on Jan 17, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    Yea, that's it. The profits from the pay phones are stake. Good grief!
  • by Anonymous Location: Thomas County on Jan 16, 2011 at 07:03 PM
    #1. Maybe the guards should be watching the prisoners just a little better and not stand around chatting with the other guard or watching people walk around Cherokee lake. #2 How do the families and friends get the information of where they are working each day? Do they tell the prisoners a schedule for the week? Brilliant! Let's tell the prisoners where they will be going everyday so that family and idiot friends can hide drugs and phones for them. Hey, why not even hide a weapon.
  • by S Location: TALLY on Jan 16, 2011 at 05:03 PM
    if they take in a phone in the prison gates they will bring in a gun...then the game levels up and someone can seriously get hurt... lessions should have been learned and plans should have been in place after the incident at the federal prison in tallahassee...
  • by Bryan Location: Tallahassee on Jan 16, 2011 at 03:52 PM
    And they can not make escape plans on the pay phones in the prisons that they scam like $4 a minute from the inmates or from whom they call, someone makes huge profits off the Jail Pay Phone systems and I will guarantee that is the biggest concern.
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