US Prisoners Await Verizon iPhone

In California, prison guards are the main source of the smuggled cell phones that allow inmates to run crime rings from behind bars.

The phones fetch about $1,000 a piece and rumors of prison guards taking in $150,000 on the side.

The problem is that guards, unlike visitors, aren’t required to pass through metal detectors on their way to work.

Requiring them to do so, however, would necessitate paying them millions of more dollars in overtime – guards are paid for the time it takes them to enter the prison and walk to their posts behind prison walls – and installing metal detectors along the route could double the walk time.

Attempts to impose fines on smugglers failed to pass through California’s legislature.

Complete audio story from Southern California Public Radio via KPCC

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