By Adam Benson

COLUMBIA — Lawmakers are calling for the fast-tracking of legislation that would allow contraband cellphones inside South Carolina prisons to be shut down through the power of a court order — and Gov. Henry McMaster is ready to sign it.

“These illegal cell phones are weapons. We need help,” state Department of Corrections director Bryan Stirling said Monday.

“Those that are sent to prison now are continuing to victimize the general public,” he added. “A lot of folks go to prison, get out, and we never see them again and that’s the goal. But some folks want to continue their criminal ways.”