Cell Phones in Corrections System

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The Continuing Problem with Cell Phones and Their
Negative Effect on the Corrections and Criminal Justice Systems

The Continuing Problem with Cell Phones and Their
Negative Effect on the Corrections and Criminal Justice Systems
Cell Phones are a forever growing epidemic around the world. Cell phones have quickly moved to an item of necessity in today’s world since its invention in 1973. The current generation of smartphones have various features that enhance the ease of organization, social networking, and entertainment, making it easy to see how they became such an essential commodity for business and personal use. You cannot walk into any public place and not see someone talking on their phone, texting, or browsing the web on their smartphone. It is such a spreading trend that some would say that cell phones have become an addiction. It is estimated that there are currently six billion cell phone in use in the world and soon predicted to surpass the current population by 2014 (Pramis, 2013). Cell phones have been proven to be a considerable aid in certain areas of criminal justice; such as helping to track the location of missing persons, witnesses, and suspects, tracing phone calls of bomb threats, and investigation of call logs, text messages, and web searches. Cell phones have even increased law enforcement’s response time due the ease of finding a phone to report a crime that has taken place. Along with the benefits of cell phones the negative impact is quite extensive as well. The cell phone was invented to make life easier, and it certainly has, but it has been more of a hindrance than anything to correction officers. Discussion

Across the globe, cell phones in prison are becoming a problem that is swiftly rising. “Phones are the most troublesome contraband in the Texas prisons, but they are a problem facing other states as well” (Pebbles, 2011). Some argue that prisoners do not get enough or adequate phone time with their loved ones...
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