Proposed law puts burden of blocking inmate calls on providers

The nation’s prisons are full of crooks who have nothing better to do all day than try to scam citizens on the outside.  The techniques are many and usually involve responding to classified ads and using the assistance of an accomplice.

All this is possible because the prisoners have illicit cell telephones. Regular fixed-line calls are monitored, and those who receive a call from prison receive a taped alert saying from where the call originates.

The Ministerio de Justicia y Paz, which runs the prisons, has

been unable to eliminate the cell telephones or prevent their use. So now the ministry seeks a law that will allow blocking the cell frequencies in the vicinity of prisons.

The measure, No.  19.932, already is in the legislature, and Friday representatives of the justice ministry and the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones held meetings with cell telephone providers.

Of course, they decided to form a commission. That is because the proposed legislation puts the burden on cell service providers who would have six months  to come up with a plan to prevent prisoners from making a call.

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