TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - August 16, 2009 Nearly 400 phones have been seized since August 2008, when the
state started keeping track of confiscations, according to records
obtained by The Star-Ledger of Newark. More than a third were found
in Northern State Prison in Newark, which houses the state's most
dangerous gang members, and four associated halfway houses.
Officials say the problem has worsened in recent years as phone
technology has improved. Newer, smaller phones are made with less
metal, making them harder to detect.
Cell phones have caused problems in prisons across the country
because inmates can use them to secretly communicate with each
other, intimidate witnesses and direct illegal activity.
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