Prisoners in Georgia are coordinating strikes with contraband cell phones and demanding better living conditions and payment for their work behind bars. The story comes right on the heels of stories about Justin Lee Walker, AKA “Jus N Walk,” the inmate who caused an uproar after a Facebook profile he updated from his BlackBerry was discovered in his cell at The Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite, .
The Georgia prison story ran in The New York Times Dec. 12. The reporter writes that this is the first time prisoners are known to have used technology to coordinate a movement behind bars.
Another story about the issue ran in Monday’s paper and on www.newsok.com. Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Justin Jones has said he advocates for cell phone jamming technology in prisons. But the Federal Communications Commission has pushed back.
Jones said cell phones cost from $300 to $700 behind bars. Keeping them out of prisons hasn’t been an easy task. He thinks the only way to keep cell phones out of prison is to make them useless.
Here is video from Newsok about Justin Walker: