Cellphone crackdown in Miss. prisons - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Cellphone crackdown in Miss. prisons

(AP) - Beginning in February, Mississippi inmates caught with cellphones will lose all privileges.

They won't be allowed to purchase items from the commissary, the prison store and they won't be allowed to use the regular prison phone.

Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps tells the Clarion-Ledger that loss of 6 months' trusty time already is among the penalties.

Epps says "Zero Privilege Units" will be located at each of the state's three prisons - Parchman, Leakesville and Pearl.

MDOC's confiscation of at least 3,400 cellphones from inmates and Facebook pages created using smartphones from behind prison walls are behind the increased discipline, despite best efforts to keep cellphones out.

Epps says cellphones are the biggest contraband items in the prisons.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger.

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