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Cell phone blocking isn't the only answer for Md. prisons

In the coming weeks, Maryland's Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services will seek the technology industry's solutions to the very real threat that illegal cell phones pose to the state's prison system. However, from my understanding, Secretary Gary D. Maynard will focus exclusively on a single technology solution — cell phone blocking — rather than leaving the door open to all the possible technologies.

Inmates' cell phone access is not a new problem to Maryland, but in the past few years, the problem has exploded. Just last week, a member of Baltimore's Black Guerilla Family gang was sentenced to 37 months in prison for smuggling, among other contraband,...

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