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Hello everybody. I have a general question. Can a correctional officer bring his cell phone with him to work.. I mean in prison?

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As far as I know,cell phones are NOT permitted.There has been a big problem with inmates acquiring cell phones and then blaming the officers for bringing it in for them.Whenever I enter the secured area of the jail,I ALWAYS put mine in the gun locker along with my weapon and bullets.


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Cell phones are not allowed into NJ facilities, mostly by Policy for the staff. Our policy states no electronic, recording, picture ect...

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I saw the title and expected a news article of cell phone(s) being smuggled into a correctional facility.  Which got me to wondering if they are smuggled in a similar manner as drugs.  If so that would bring a new meaning to butt dialing wouldn't it?


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Not only no to prisons, but in the work place, schools and vehicles in general.


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Cell phones are not allowed into NJ facilities, mostly by Policy for the staff. Our policy states no electronic, recording, picture ect...



The only electronic device allowed into a Missouri state prison ins a body alarm...  you get caught with one 7 we have a zero tolerance policy... you are highly reprimanded for this                                                      


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In Washington State DOC, only certain members can have cell phones and other electronic devices.


Supervisors of the Emergency Response Teams (ERT) can be permitted to have a cell phone on them at all times....also, members of the Inmate Recovery Team (IRT) and the Special Response Team (SRT) are mandated to carry at least a pager on their person in the case of a call-out.


Sometimes, a C/O can get special permission to carry a cell phone....like if their wife is due to have a baby this month or for other family related emergencies (like your daughter is on a heart donar list or something of that nature). Otherwise, no- an officer is not allowed to bring in any outside electronic devices...I'm sure it's this way in most facilities as well. My supervisors wouldn't even let me bring in a voice recorder so that I could quote the inmates when I wrote infractions...


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In ohio prisons you have to check cell phones and pagers in at the same time as you secure your weapons

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LOL Riot thats sounds like something I would want to do but, not only for a quick reminder while writing up a report but, to remind me just how dumb some people really are


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LOL Riot thats sounds like something I would want to do but, not only for a quick reminder while writing up a report but, to remind me just how dumb some people really are



I actually wanted to get used to being under the radar and watch my "p's and q's" to speak...but I tried to articulate the infraction thing to my supervisors.


Heck, they were even trying to give me flak for using an ear-piece so I can hear my radio when I was outside in the yard durring a music event!


"If DOC didn't issue you it, you can't use it"


Well DOC didn't issue me my boots or my belt, so I guess that logic doesn't work so well...my safety and the safety of my fellow officers comes before someone having a fit over an ear-piece.


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Ditto Riot... I was asked after a drill one day what we could do or impliment to make the response faster & I said in a command post type setting (which I was in in this particular drill) we could use something like a black box on an air plane. That way when the times come to write the reports & such, all the information being shot at you over the radio 90mph would be recorded & could be processed in a timely manner instead of just remembering bits & pieces.


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I can not speak on behalf of a Correctional Officer / Prison, however I can for Detention Officers / Jail. 


Cell Phones are not permitted by any of the inmates.  They have landlines they can call collect from, during their recreation time that is.

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Thats the only time they can use phones here at our institution too. My favorite part of the night is working in our command center... midnight comes & I start the simultaneous clicking off of inmate phones. God I love my job


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Thats the only time they can use phones here at our institution too. My favorite part of the night is working in our command center... midnight comes & I start the simultaneous clicking off of inmate phones. God I love my job



Midnight...lol  All our inmates are tucked away at 11:30, phones shut off at 11.

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Well.. let me rephrase that on all days but friday & saturday they are turned off at 11pm. Friday & saturday "Latenights" they are shut off at midnight.


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It is now a class "H" felony to bring cell phones not authorized by the state into prison facilities here in Nor Cakalaka.

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It is now a class "H" felony to bring cell phones not authorized by the state into prison facilities here in Nor Cakalaka.



Oh my crap how many class of felonies do you have?  I thought we were bad with A B & C.  I heard some states its a Misd of a Felony.  No classes no infractions just those two.  Oh it sounds simple but it could never work here with the hug a thug program they got going on.


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The law prior to 1/1/09 was made it illegal to bring an unauthorized communication device into a penal institution. Now it's written that as long as you aren't intent on providing it to an inmate. Policy is that you cannot have it past a certain gate. 


The above comments are soley those of the poster and in no way reflect the position of the Department of Corrections.

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Federal CO's can't bring them in either.

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Where im at Corporals and higher can have cell phones, but they have to be out of site from the inmates and on vibrate.

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only if you want to stand a chance of losing it and the phone falling into a inmates grimy hands. then he has access to all your families and friends phone numbers as well as the funny and not so funny photos you have stored on it.


think you cant lose it , get into a scuffle and see all the stuff that falls out of your pockets.


too many corupt CO's "sold" and "lost" their phones at the prison i worked. oh yeah - imates had the chargers to them also.

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I worked at a state prison in southern Ohio for 5 years, corrections officer and 3 yrs on SRT. Cell phones are a big no no. And yes they due from time to time get smuggled in, either via visitor or staff. We had one officer get walked out because he was dirty. He had not only brought in drugs but his personal cell phone which he let an Inmate use.   ..amongst other laws he broke. The only people authorized to carry a cell phone were correctional investigators(there were 2) and when Ohio Highway State Patrol Investigators came in. Neither of which were hardly ever in or around inmate population, as far as in the blocks. And as far as smuggling the cell phones in..you go through a screening process in front entry(metal detectors,etc). So, if you wanted to bring one in I imagine you would have to get creative! lol  We didn't have "weapons" that came through either to be screened so.. The first 3 & 1/2 years I was there we only carried a radio(with a man-down alarm) and handcuffs. Then, due to a major increase in use of forces, fights, etc. my prison received approval to carry pepper spray. Where as before, only Lt.'s and Capt.'s and SRT(when activated) could carry. And by the way, huge advocate of pepper spray!!!

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NYCDOC has a ban on any and all electronic devises.If you are caught to have a devise on you it is an immediate 30 suspension.No questions asked.


 

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Just commenting on the topic-Mississippi We have a geat problem with cell phones in our facilities. So all staff CO's and non-security staff are forbiddin to bring phones in with them. you can be seriously reprimanded. Only MDOC/state issued cell phones are allowed inside the facility and this is usually department heads Superint.'s, Wardens,Medical Directors, K9 & ERT Commanders, also transport officers.  

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Riot says ...



My supervisors wouldn't even let me bring in a voice recorder so that I could quote the inmates when I wrote infractions...



I can understand why you would want to carry a voice recorder but...


I used to work with a guy who carried a voice recorder and he recorded everyone. I don't know about everyone else but it got to the point that when I had to work with him the first thing I would tell him was that if he had anything to say to me he better take the recorder out of his pocket, show me he turned it off and put it on the desk,otherwise I wouldn't say anything to him.


I would think that if you are using a recorder and use it for your report then you're going to have to keep the recording(s) because it can be subpoenaed

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Not in Kansas. KDOC has very strict policies on Cell Phones. Firts time you are caught is 3 days off w/o pay, 2nd time is 10 w/o pay and the 3rd time is generally termination. However the warden has ultimate discretion.


 


 

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its a no go it utah, if your inside its a horrible idea to take it in with you

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In Florida's DOC, certain people do carry cell phones on the compound. With that said, regular C.O.'s with no work related need for a cell phone cannot bring a cell phone anywhere on the grounds aside from your POV. You are not allowed to have one while roving patrol or working a tower even though you are outside the fences and away from inmates.


I have since my days at DOC moved on to working at the Sheriffs Office. We are allowed to carry cell phones into our jail. Not all Sheriff's Offices here permit the usage of a personal cell phone while on duty or permit one inside the building.


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I saw the title and expected a news article of cell phone(s) being smuggled into a correctional facility.  Which got me to wondering if they are smuggled in a similar manner as drugs.  If so that would bring a new meaning to butt dialing wouldn't it?



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Eh, cell-phones are a bit no-no here in Arkansas, for inmates and officers alike. 


The only exceptions are provided for ERT team members and administrative staff, although we often turned a blind eye to officers who took their phones into the towers.


 


Otherwise it's a guaranteed one-way ticket to the unemployment line.

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