Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 19, 2009
Senator Don Barrington
Bill to Ban Cell Phones from Prisons Approved
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation
Wednesday to help make Oklahoma's prisons safer. Sen. Don
Barrington is author of Senate Bill 1064 which would ban cell
phones and any other electronic devices capable of sending or
receiving any electronic communication in prisons.
"There are already a number of items that
are banned in our prisons and I'm hoping this will be another
one. People have no reason to bring cell phones into these facilities,
and inmates don't need them since they are given opportunities
to call their loved ones," said Barrington, R-Lawton. "These
devices need to be banned because they can be used by inmates
to conduct illegal activities as well as harass their victims,
police officers and others from behind bars."
Anyone found bringing such a device into a jail,
state penal institution or other place, without authority, where
prisoners are located would be guilty of a felony punishable with
up to two years in prison, a fine not exceeding $2,500 or both.
The new law would also pertain to prisoners found with such devices
in their possession.
A number of items are already not allowed in prisons
including guns, knives, controlled dangerous substances, alcohol,
tobacco products, and money.
SB 1064 will next be heard by the full Senate.
For more information contact:
Sen. Barrington's Office: 405-521-5563