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Prison officials work on stopping inmate cell calls

Officials from Virginia attended a Maryland session yesterday to test devices designed to find illegal cellphones used by prison inmates.

Most of the technology tested doesn’t jam cellphone signals, which is prohibited by federal law. However, legislation that would allow states to conduct wireless cell phone jamming in prisons was recently approved by a Senate committee, according to the Associated Press.

Corrections officials in Maryland confiscated 947 cell phones in 2008 by using specially trained dogs and other security measures.

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