by: Walter Pavlo

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has tried to address the growing problem of cell phones in the hands of incarcerated inmates. In the event you do not know, cell phones and iPads (Microsoft Surface MSFT ) are illegal in federal prisons. However, they are everywhere in prisons across the country.

Congress passed the Contraband Cell Phone Act that prohibits the possession of cell phones in prisons by unauthorized persons, like inmates. When a cellular device is confiscated, it is sent to BOP’s Forensic Laboratory in Washington, D.C. for analysis where technicians use forensic software to extract information, including incoming and outgoing phone numbers, text messages and images stored on the phone’s memory (internal and SD card).