Thursday, March 24, 2011
Prison cell-stopping tests successful
Conceptual tests of high-tech gear at a Beaumont prison to check its effectiveness in curbing smuggled cell phones were successful, and officials said today that they expect to move ahead to consider possibly buying the technology.
After a convict used a smuggled phone to orchestrate his escape earlier this month, prison officials had arranged for the demonstration at the Stiles Unit — the first tests conducted in a Texas prison — as a prelude to possibly purchasing phone-detecting gear or managed-access equipment.
Michelle Lyons, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Huntsville, said this afternoon that CellAntenna officials demonstrated equipment that can pinpoint the location of cell phones in prisons.
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