Crackdown launched as phone seizures in prisons rise in England and Wales

  • The use of phones in prison has been linked to cases involving drug dealing and smuggling guns into the UK.
  • “We are determined to do all we can to prevent prisoners having access to mobile phones,” Justice Secretary Liz Truss said.
  • Throwing of banned items in to prisons more than doubles
  • Once a mobile number is identified, the prison can apply to the courts for a Telecommunications Restriction Order (TRO) through which mobile networks can be instructed to blacklist the phone remotely – making it unusable.
  • Under the measures, introduced in the Serious Crime Act 2015, prison governors will no longer have to physically find phones or deploy blocking technology to stop them being used.

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The number of mobile phones being seized in prisons in England and Wales is on the rise, government figures suggest.


Crackdown launched as phone seizures in prisons rise in England and Wales