​​NIJ Audio: Cell Phones in Prison

NIJ Conference
Plenary Panel
June 2010

Criminals are using cell phones illegally in prisons and jails to conduct their business and intimidate witnesses. Although technology solutions to this problem are available, they can create new challenges, such as legal and implementation issues associated with cell phone use in correctional facilities. Panelists will discuss various aspects to consider from how prisoners use cell phones, to day-to-day and operational aspects, to legal and regulatory concerns.


Ellen Scrivner Deputy Director, National Institute of Justice

Gary D. Maynard Secretary, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Service

Harley Lappin Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Department of Justice

Aaron D. Kennard Executive Director, National Sheriffs' Association

James Arden Barnett, Jr. Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communication Commission

Larry D. Atlas Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Washington, D.C.

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