August 10th, 2010
07:51 PM ET
12 years ago

President Obama signs into law ban on cell phones in federal prisons

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" President Obama signed into law Tuesday a bill that will ban cell phones in federal prisons."]Washington (CNN) - Hoping to stop federal inmates from directing crimes from behind bars, President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday a prohibition on cell phone use by prisoners.

The law prohibits the use or possession of mobile phones and wireless devices, and calls for up to a year in prison for anyone found guilty of trying to smuggle one to an inmate.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons confiscated more than 2,600 cell phones from minimum security facilities and nearly 600 from secure federal institutions last year.

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  1. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Some how some way, the right wing haters will find a way to condemn this.

    August 10, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    And I predict the Orange Oracle complaining at first light tomorrow that the "socialist" has taken away their right to free speech.

    Lush Limprick will devote his entire to show to a rant on how Americans are losing their "freedoms".

    August 10, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  3. Stevie

    Go Dems! I don't mind so much about the economy, I cashed out before the dot com bust.... I knew it was all a scam even then!!! I just want gays to keep being gay and people to keep having abortions. Go Obama, Go Dems Go!

    August 10, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. phoenix86

    Who's Obama going to talk to when he gets there?

    August 10, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. Steve851

    Except for the smuggling penalty, I do not believe this is a change in law. Visit one of the Club Feds with no fences and cell phones are not allowed. This is not a story

    August 10, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Good. However we still need a tremendous amount of work to fix our horrible criminal justice system. The War of Drugs is clearly NOT working. Our inmate population is growing out of control to the point drug users are forcing out hardcore criminals that need to be locked away for life.

    August 10, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  7. shells

    ok. this seems like a no-brainer

    August 10, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  8. DENNA

    I hope this works. It seems that for every law written some criminal will find a way around it. Prison guards must be vigilant too or the law will never work.

    August 10, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. anagram_kid

    I can hardly wait to hear how the right spins this into a negative. Good luck with that.

    August 10, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  10. Correctional Officer III

    I really love this law. I work in a state prison and there is many dirty guards who smuggle phones,tobacco,drugs,etc. To those inmates. The state need a law like this. Give them a year in prison. I love it.

    August 10, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  11. Marcus

    Hold on a second, cell phones exist (commercially) since like 20 years (more or less), right? And there wasn't such a law yet?
    Bush (the father), Clinton (two terms) and Bush (the son, also two terms) didn't realized the necessity of such a law?

    August 10, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. all the news that's fit to omit

    I agree with the gutless fraud on this one.

    Same sex marriage as well.

    Boy the left is going to hate this as will the CBC................

    August 10, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  13. Donkey Party

    And yet the right-wing idiot brigade (doug, Eric, ib, Ancient Texan, Rickster) will all criticize the ban and drop in their two cents worth of idiocy. Fire away morons!

    August 10, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. scott

    Wow! Were they not already illegal? Maybe Obama should enforce the laws across the board like illegals that are in this Country and those trying to enter? I guess he can't risk deporting his new voter base?

    August 10, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. Paul H

    That is the best thing he has done so far! Thank you Obama for doing something that is common sense.

    August 10, 2010 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  16. charleyR

    What is Obama going to do when he's there

    August 10, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  17. George of the jungle

    Now will the stupid repos complaine about this too?

    August 10, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  18. Alex in Wisconsin

    Oh no, just like the Tea Party said, President Obama is socializing prisons now. taking away rights of convicts, ect.

    August 10, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  19. S Callahan

    It will be interesting to see a follow up story on many more are confiscated since this becomes law.

    August 10, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  20. tony

    Hopefully, we can ALL see this as a good thing. I just dont see how the right can spin this as a bad thing.

    August 10, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  21. Willa

    Keep going Mr. President! The Republican Tea Party has to wait until November to help the American people. What a joke!

    August 11, 2010 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  22. K-DUB

    Don't like Odumbo but I like that law.

    August 11, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  23. Randall in Torrance, CA (Disabled Navy Veteran, Retired) - It is time to put the heels of our Liberal Democratic Boots on the necks of the out-of-control Republicans

    Outstanding work Mr. President! Obama is doing a fantastic job as our President! He is truly a great leader and both he and Biden will forever be remembered as the most inteliigent executive leaders in all of U.S. history. Bush and Cheney will be remebered as the two most arrogant and dumbest humans ever to fall from a tree on their pea sized heads and live to steal two elections. Thank God that Jarge Bahoooooooooooooooooosh and Cheney are gone forever! America was internationally ridiculed because neither of those morons had a brain with even a tiny spark of intellect. Now, Jarge's twin StOoPiD sister, Sorry Sarah Failin' Pailin, is writing a 2nd book, which is remarkable since she never read a book in her life! What a dumb idiot she is. Her God is Fox News ANALysts, Hannity and Glenafried Beck. Then there's General Rush-from-oxycotin-Limbaugh, the fatest, biggest baffoon ever to fall from the ledge of a mental institution and then crawl into live radio like a maggot on a brain dead republican Senator named Boney Bonehead Boner Boehner. What a crew – the GOP. Hopefully 2012 will either be Obama's second term as our beloved President or the solar flares will erupt causing the world to disintegrate or Jesus will return to punish the Republicans for ignoring every principle he ever taught.

    In Jesus name – Amen

    August 11, 2010 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  24. blackstripes

    President Obama, with CONSTANT republican obstruction, has managed to accomplish so much to advance this country compared to any other president in recent history with twenty months into their presidency.

    August 11, 2010 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  25. saforo robert mensah

    the law is good cos it will prevent further crimes

    August 11, 2010 05:54 am at 5:54 am |