The interesting part of the bill for us, is that it will
Introduce new powers to tackle the scourge of mobile phones sneaked into prisons by jamming them.
Personally I thought Prisons already had an exemption, I believe it was legalised for use in Prisons in around 2012 & I have never understood why they do not already jam mobile phone frequencies, as the costs spoken of by the Government £300 million plus to fit & £1 million a year to maintain is clearly wrong.
Prisons also have, as I understand it, the right to use Grabbing systems (IMSI-catcher) which would allow them to both monitor mobile phone traffic around the prison & block any traffic they do not want. We know for a fact that 5 British Police forces are are using Grabbers with known costs of around £170,000 each showing up in the respective Police force accounts. And grabbers are much more expensive than a jammer, so where does that £300 million come from?
Looking at statistics around 7500 mobile phones were seized in English & welsh prisons during 2013 & evidence exists of murders being organised from prisons by them & for numerous other crimes being committed as a result of mobile phones in Prisons.