P.L. 111-225, The Cell Phone Contraband Act of 2009 (5 comments ↓ | 11 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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S. 1749 would amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the possession or use of cell phones and similar wireless devices by Federal prisoners.

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March 8, 2010, 11:27am (report abuse)

why do they need a law for this? Should just be a institutional rule. What a waste of time. Other more important matters.


April 21, 2010, 3:53pm (report abuse)

Because institutional rules are not enough of a deterrent. Additionally, contraband cellphones are a huge problem in prisons. I'm not a big fan of making more laws but this one needs added to the books.

Michael Perry

August 27, 2010, 5:41pm (report abuse)

Im pleased to see that I had an impact on federal law by attempting to get the law passed on the state level.

Still waiting for the State of Connecticut to pass my proposed simular state law for state prisioners, with the pentaly being a Class D felony for the first offense and the cell phone or wireless device would be classified as a weapon not contraband. I would hope that now that there is federal legislation pass and signed by the President that the bill can be amended to make it a class D felony for the first offense and treated as a weapon.

Thank you,

Michael Perry

Thank you President Obama for signing this legislation into law and all the lawmakers that were a part of the making it happen Like Congressman Joe Courney from my home state of Connecticut, and Dianne Feinstein of California for helping on this public safety issue.

Susan Marcotte

September 23, 2010, 6:24am (report abuse)

Inmates having cell phones would only create more of a safety issue for the Correctional Officers. As an ex prison nurse, people that are incarcerated have everything in prison - except their freedom.

Michael Perry

October 7, 2010, 8:11pm (report abuse)


Thanks for your comments. I currently am working with a member of the CT. State Prison Commission to see what they can do to give my proposed legislation change some new life that I submitted last year. The proposed bill passed our state house of Rep., but failed in the State Senate. I will give updates as they become avalible. In the meantime I would hope that you will push for something in your state.

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