This article was written by GovTrack Insider staff writer Jesse Rifkin.

Should state prisons, where the vast majority of prisoners are located, be able to jam contraband cell phone signals for prisoners as federal prisons can?


Historically, crime committed by prisoners remained within the prison, such as stabbings or illegally smuggling cigarettes. But cell phones with internet access now allow an unlimited reach.

For example, last year five South Carolina inmates were indicted for extorting 442 military members. Using cell phones from their prisons, the inmates pretended to be women on dating websites, flirting with male military members and sending nude photos of naked women found online, which they would claim were selfies.