Putting the "Cell" in Cell Phones

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Prison officials in Kansas and nationwide say the ``cell'' in cell phones has taken on a whole new meaning.

The smuggling of the phones among inmates has sparked some officials to push for a change in federal regulations to allow technology that jams cell phone signals. The officials say the phones are reaching prison cells too easily and being used to arrange escapes, drug deals, kidnappings and even murders.

Kansas Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Miskell says probably every prison in the nation has been dealing with the problem.

Convicted Kansas killer John Manard planned his 2006 prison escape in a dog crate using a cell phone smuggled by an accomplice. The following year, two inmates escaped another Kansas prison with the help of a former guard and a smuggled cell phone.

The Association of State Correctional Administrators is calling for the FCC to change current regulations that don't allow cell phone signal jamming.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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