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UK Prisons To Crack Down On Inmate Internet and Mobile Phone Use ( 70

An anonymous reader writes: UK prisons will roll out enhanced internet and mobile phone blocking technologies, according to new measures announced yesterday by Chancellor George Osborne in the Autumn Statement. The step, which seeks to stop inmate access to the internet and calls made from mobile devices, will involve part of a £1.3bn investment from the Ministry of Justice to improve the country's Prison Service. Through this strategy, the government hopes to drive "safety improvements" by denying calls and data used on illicit mobile devices. The latest development in blocking technologies promises to be better (paywalled) than earlier systems, which inmates have been able to get around.
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UK Prisons To Crack Down On Inmate Internet and Mobile Phone Use

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  • Given this governments desire for things to have backdoors what are the chances this will include one. I mean what's an ex-MP to do if they get imprisoned (which occasionally happens). Mind you it would be a good lesson in something they seem to be totally unable to understand; even if you create a backdoor for a select few then eventually everyone knows how to use it.

  • by BlazingATrail ( 3112385 ) on Friday November 27, 2015 @07:15AM (#51012369)
    Do they know how much of a pain in the ass it is to smuggle in the largest model iPhone?
  • I was about to go on about whether that's a metaphor for common society and what the future looks like, but, 1.3 million pounds to setup a few firewalls and turn on parental controls. I haven't seen something as overfunded as that in quite a while...
    • How does a firewall on your home network stop me from accessing any site on my cell phone if I visit you?

      No matter what they do to try and stop phones from being smuggled in some will get in. There will always be some that get through. There are a large number of people that work for a prison and someone will have a bad time or be corruptible. With proper procedures and double checks you can get this down to a small number but there will always be a small amount of contraband getting through.

      Changing the f

      • by Anonymous Coward

        I guess you COULD install local cell towers, then have a whitelist of devices that are allowed to communicate through them. No smuggled phone would be any good.

      • by hey! ( 33014 )

        Unfortunately it's a symptom of having only enough money put into the system to house and punish those found guilty and not rehabilitate them. We keep them completely shut out of society with no preparation on how to re-integrate and then just shove them out the door with a few dollars in their pocket. Can you imagine trying to catch up on all of the changes in society if you have been away for a decade or two?

        Actually, rehabilitation may well require isolating prisoners from some parts of the outside world.

        The specific concern being addressed here is the operation of criminal networks in prison. This goes two ways: imprisoned leaders continuing to operate their criminal enterprises from behind bars, and gangs extending their operations into prison -- supplying drugs, weapons, and contraband, recruiting members, targeting rivals. Clearly not participating in criminal activities is a precondition to reformation.

  • "promises to be better (paywalled) "

    Virtually smacks samzenpus upside their head.

  • Ahh shit. (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 27, 2015 @08:44AM (#51012611)

    This means I'm gonna hafta stop posing on Slashdot?

  • global tel link wants it's $1 or per min for calls and cell make it so inmates pay a lot less.

  • ... they are switching their provider over to BT?

  • Why should inmates have access to any mobile phones or the internet at all?

  • ... a lot of people in the UK can't even get a decent connection, even thought they have to pay for it. So why do criminals get it free anyway. I thought the objective when jailed is to take away certain 'home comfort' liberties' that make it an atonement for crimes committed. If the story is true, then that is really sad.
  • The FCC and cell companies wont allow any intentional cell-free zones in the USA. Nominally the say its a safety issue for legal users. Inmates are very clever in obtaining, hiding and charging their phones. Plenty are found in any deep sweep of US jails. Did for theaters and schools.

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