Friday, July 12, 2013

TDCJ OIG to look at donating confiscated cell phones to injured veterans, other viable groups

By Marcus Williams, Backgate Website

Over the past few months the Backgate has received numerous emails asking just what the TDCJ did with all those recovered and confiscated contraband cell phones found in state prisons all over Texas. Well, we asked the TDCJ and the answer may just surprise you.

 A TDCJ spokesperson has stated that confiscated cell phones that are cleared from pending litigation or have been confiscated outside of the secure perimeter of a state prison facility may now
be headed to disabled military veterans and other viable groups here in Texas. The program is in the planning and discussion stages and as more information becomes available we will update. Other groups donate used phones to women's crisis centers and the like all over Texas, and this program would prove just as beneficial. Kudos to TDCJ for taking a positive step in bettering itself in the eyes of the community.


  1. From the Desk of BoBoTheBeaten:

    Something doesn't smell right here. I wonder what they were doing with those phones before the question was raised? Also, how quickly do cellphones become obsolete? It seems that by the time a cellphone is confiscated and then cleard for donation it might not be compatible with the systems anymore. I still think the phones should be dismantled and the silver/gold extracted. Use that to generate money for cash donations to the same groups.

  2. I do not usually agree with BoBo but I do on this one! I am very suspicious as to how many phones actually are "cleared from pending litigation or have been confiscated outside of the secure perimeter of a state prison facility." Based on everything I know about this self-serving institution, my guess is VERY FEW!

  3. I don't know if anyone would really want a phone that just might have been in someones azz.

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