Thursday, May 9, 2013

Former minister supports phone jamming to deal with phones in prisons

File: Subhas Panday
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is getting support from various quarters for her plan to introduce jamming technology to cut off phone calls from illegal phones smuggled to people in prisons.

She announced the measure at a political meeting in Gasparillo on Monday.

On Wednesday former minister in the Ministry of National Security Subhas Panday suggested that Government should hire an independent elite team to deal with the cellphone racket. 

Panday told reporters at a media briefing that he is happy that Persad-Bissessar is trying to deal with the security problem and suggested that she should liaise with the Prison Officers Association to stop the underground racket.

He stated that prison officer would not be the right people to deal with the problem. “I am heartened that the Prime Minister...has embarked on firm action but it is a difficult task dealing with the jail culture and the jail economy,” Panday said.

“Some prisoners ‘vault’ the phones and there is trading in the prisons under the watch of the prisons officers,” Panday said.

He said the Special Anti-Crime Unit had a mobile cell jammer which was used for a short while but the prison authorities stopped using it arguing that it was better to monitor the calls but that never happened.

President of the association Ceron Richards has supported the cellphone-jamming initiative.

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