BY: – Sandy Fitzgerald

Prisoners behind bars are cut off from the rest of the world,except for the occasional visit and some mailed-in letters. But the same tools people “on the outside” use to communicate with each other — cell phones and tablets — are finding their ways into prisons.

Despite states cracking down on phones in prisons,the problem of mobile contrabands are spiraling out of control,despite state and federal laws that forbid them from being in inmates’ hands. In addition,while most prisons either do not allow Internet use or censor prisoners’ ability to go online,smartphone technology is bringing even more changes to how prisoners communicate to each other and the outside world.

Many prisons weigh the benefits of allowing Internet use,while remaining concerned about the rampant use of cellphones,which authorities can’t monitor,leading to illegal activities.