Why is installing jammers popular in prisons?

The District of Columbia Department of Corrections has been granted a Temporary Special Authorization (STA) by the FCC to display a targeted cell phone GPS Jammer designed specifically for prisons. The STA authorizes a 30-minute test between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on January 8th. However, the DC DoC canceled the 1/7 demonstration, but the official did not explain why the test was canceled.

I hope the DC DoC realizes that using technology to make contraband unnecessary is silly compared to preventing contraband in the first place. Regardless of the method used to smuggle cell phones into prison, guns are also allowed into prison. Although the DC DoC itself did not cancel the test, the test may have been canceled by the court.

CTIA Tries To Stop Cell Phone Interference At DC Prison Demo

CTIA, in the petition filed with the US court, pointed out that the use of this interference technology is completely illegal under Article 333 of the Communications Act and the lack of legal approval by the Commission violates the protection of the rights of authorized radio spectrum users. From Congress. convention policy. District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Furthermore, the authorization decision was taken without informing the public or data subjects, there was no opportunity to comment and there was no indication of possible consequences of using technologies intended for lawful transmission. No consideration and no emergency audience. Must be sure. The nature of arbitrary and arbitrary decisions.

CTIA filed a lawsuit for failing to obtain a regulatory exemption from the FCC.

Christopher Guttman-McCabe, CTIA's vice president of regulatory affairs, said while we believe prisoners should not use wireless phones while incarcerated, there are other non-invasive and legal ways to remove their phones. Several companies offer wireless detection systems that prisons can use to identify and confiscate phones without interfering with wireless communications. As previously recognized by the FCC, Congress specifically prohibits the use of jammers in state prisons.

For manufacturers, reading this article is not their culprit. They believe prison authorities should not prevent mobile phones from being smuggled into prisons, nor should they be found and confiscated. Instead, prisons should buy equipment to prevent cellphones from working, which is in a legitimate interest. My feeling is that if the prison officials cannot prevent cell phones from being smuggled into the prison, they cannot prevent weapons, money and other prohibited items from being smuggled into the prison either. It's crazy to think that prison officials don't need to prevent gun-sized items from being smuggled into prison.

Assuming jail officials aren't going to stop calls from coming to jail, why not take advantage of this situation? They should use the legal tools currently available to monitor the prisoner's cellphone communications, trace the recipient's phone, and then arrest the recipient on criminal charges. Phone records become powerful evidence for courts to pursue criminals who help prisoners, intimidate witnesses, or engage in other illegal activities. No, they never will, as it takes real work not to flip the magic switch like the commenters on the previous article wanted.