Dialing In: New technology should help track prison phones

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Funding for the latest technology to try to combat illegal inmate cellphones in South Carolina’s prisons is close to final approval.

The State Fiscal Accountability Authority on Tuesday is considering a request of more than $20,000 to fund a high-tech system to track down cellphones being used in a handful of prisons that house some of the state’s most dangerous inmates.

Last week, the Department of Corrections received initial approval to spend the money on a system that uses cellphone towers to locate illegal inmate cellphones.

The department has been looking for ways to curb cellphone use by inmates. Director Bryan Stirling often says the phones allow inmates to contact people outside prison walls to continue criminal activities or to find out information about corrections workers.

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