New Mississippi law combats cell phones in jail

Governor Phil Bryant signed a new bill into law this week that will allow judges to authorize jamming cell phone signals at jails.

Posted: Apr 26, 2019 7:46 PM
Updated: Apr 26, 2019 8:20 PM

CHICKASAW COUNTY. Miss. (WTVA) -- Governor Phil Bryant signed a new bill into law this week that will allow judges to authorize jamming cell phone signals at jails.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections says 11,863 cellphones were confiscated from inmates in Mississippi in 2018.

MDOC says in the first three months of 2019, there have been close to 700 cell phones confiscated.

Chickasaw County Sheriff Jim Meyers says this new law will be a big help to law enforcement.

He says if the cell phones are not able to be used, it might discourage inmates from trying to smuggle them into jails.

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