I could really get behind the criminalization of using mobile phones in places where people really shouldn’t. But not even I would go so far as to suggest it’s worth 40 years in the slammer. That’s what a prisoner in Texas (who would ever expect a harsh penalty there?) got when he was found to be in possession of a mobile phone in his cell. Michael Manor was already doing 32 years for car theft. He wasn’t charged with using the phone for criminal purposes, but a new zero-tolerance policy (again, in Texas?) makes it a third degree felony to possess any phone.
Apparently cell phones have been a real problem in prisons because the conversations can’t be monitored, meaning criminals can use them to run their criminal organizations from behind bars. I get that, but wouldn’t it be cheaper to buy a good jammer than It would be to pay for a guy to spend 40 years in jail?