San Francisco (Obama.net) – The prison system in the United States of America has been the subject of much criticism over the years. Some have argued that the inmates in American prisons have access to too many luxuries, such as television, music, and other recreational activities. Others claim that the inmates have too much access to the outside world via guests and phone calls. Essentially, many people feel that American prisons do not serve their purpose to the fullest when it comes to punishing the men and women in return for their crimes against society.
President Obama saw an even greater issue arising out of some of the luxuries made available to felons in the American prison system. That issue had to do with the allowance of prisoners to use cellular phones while imprisoned.
In an effort to keep prisoners from organizing crimes while still in prison, Obama signed a bill on Tuesday that changes the rules on cell phone use for inmates.
A total of 3,200 cell phones were found in American prisons last year by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Reports indicate that cell phones in prison can go for anywhere from five hundred dollars, to one thousand dollars due to their potential use for criminal activity.
The new law completely and totally disallows any prisoners to either have or use a cell phone. To boost the strength of the law, anyone who attempts to get a cell phone to a prisoner would be up for one year of a prison sentence himself or herself for the act.
With the new law, Diane Feinstein, the Senator of California, said that “prison gangs will no longer be able to use cell phones to direct criminal attacks on individuals, to decide territory for the distribution of drugs, or conduct credit card fraud.”
In order to make sure that the new law is effective, Obama included in the bill that after one year of going into effect, a new study would take place in order to determine whether or not the new law is in fact decreasing the crime rate.