Canadian prisons seek cell phone jammers to stop contraband cell phones

Ministry of Public Service said that cell phone jammers would be authorized in provincial prisons as an exceptional case


By C1 Staff

QUEBEC — Prisons in the Canadian province of Quebec are seeking illegal cell phone jammers in order to stem the tide of contraband cell phones that continues to flow in correctional facilities.

CJAD reports that the Ministry of Public Service said that cell phone jammers would be authorized in provincial prisons as an exceptional case.

Currently those who utilize a cell phone jammer can pay a fine of $25,000 if discovered.

Several provinces are currently lobbying Parliament Hill to allow the use of signal jammers inside prisons.

The move comes after several inmates broke out of a Quebec City prison last year via helicopter, and a more recent incident where the son of a former Hell’s Angels kingpin escaped by posing as another inmate.

It’s unclear if either of the incidents involved contraband cell phones.

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