Inmate Cell Phone Service…Not Secrecy, Privacy

private prison cellphone call 300x200 Inmate Cell Phone Service...Not Secrecy, PrivacyThere was a brief posting on the social media site MetaFilter recently regarding the impact of the high cost of prison telecommunications services entitled “Don’t Phone Home From America’s Prisons.

Among the effects of the high cost of prison phone calls is the marked increase in contraband cell phone smuggling across the country.

The comments that followed the post primarily discussed individual experiences with prison phone systems. One comment in particular caught our eye:

“Jail landlines are crowded and not always available, or not always available safely to an inmate.

And then there’s the desire for privacy. Not secrecy, privacy. Would you want to talk about your personal medical stuff, or talk about your mom’s operation, or tell your sweetie how much you miss them….or talk about being queer or trans, or talk about racist violence around you or talk about prison rape…right out there when maybe the person who was threatening you could hear? Or the guards could hear so they could pick on you some more? Maybe withhold your meds?”

This is one of the ways in which our secure prison cell phone solution benefits the incarcerated. While there are many meshDETECT features that benefit the prison administration, such as cell phone call recording and monitoring, the ability to conduct a personal conversation in a private manner is an inmate benefit.

Why should we care if there are benefits of the service for the inmate? Because it has been shown that recidivism is reduced through frequent family contact. The ability to conduct a personal conversation with a modicum of privacy facilitates a higher quality interaction with family and friends.

This benefits society as a whole.

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4 thoughts on “Inmate Cell Phone Service…Not Secrecy, Privacy

  1. JailGuide

    It would definitely curb issues if the system could be shunted much like losing rec-time. It would certainly help those getting ready for release to keep up to date and in contact with family and other support groups.

    Is it possible though, for an inmate to trade minutes or sell minutes from their service to accommodate another inmate by placing calls and having them forwarded or placed on three-way?

    PeteMax
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    1. Brian Post author

      Pete,

      Like traditional prison wall phone systems, the meshDETECT secure prison cell phone solution allows the creation of lists of approved telephone numbers that can be called by prisoners. This reduces the ability of inmates to sell or trade minutes and using airtime as a form of prison currency.

  2. Slick

    The prison where Jean’s hasbund is at is the only general population facility facing integration at this point. The other prison is PC (SNY) so this is a good test on a level 2 yard. I suspect the administration overplayed the importance of the whole thing a month’s worth of propaganda (movies, etc.) trying to sell the inmates makes them think the cops fear the whole thing and what it might bring. Inmates are nothing if not opportunistic and manipulative. One inmate group has already taken a hard stance, and there have been some altercations resulting in the lockdowns. As this goes on, administrative segregation is going to get even busier and overflow is in place.If I were charged with implementing this I’d have taken a very firm position and done it unrelentingly one institution at at time. The soft approach (including giving each inmate one of five categories of potential cooperation) is allowing inmates the wrong impression that they have some say in the process.

  3. call recording

    I had over exceeded the amount that u can use within a 24 hour period. I cant exceed $60 within 24 hours, talking 2 my bf in jail.
    They have blocked my phone from Evercom, does anyone know how I can unblock it? BTW< iM using a prepaid card for my service.
    I thought after 24 hours my cell phone would be UNBLOCKED so he can call me but its not???

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