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Bid to ban cell phone use in jails

On Tuesday, 23 September 2014, the Chamber of Deputies fast-tracked a bill that bans the use of cell phones in jails and establishes the blocking of telecom signals from jails. Deputy Juan Julio Campos (PLD-La Altagracia) said that cell phone use has enabled criminals who are in jail to commit fraud and other crimes.

The bill establishes that the Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (Indotel) needs to coordinate and guarantee that all the country’s jails, correction and rehab centers have the equipment and infrastructure needed for blocking the calls, as well as data and image transmission. The Attorney General office needs to ensure that the Department of Prisons and Indotel can meet the obligation to purchase, install and maintain the signal blocking equipment in jails.

The bill also calls for the installation of telephone booths in all jails so that inmates can communicate with their relatives at fixed days, hours and time periods.

It establishes that whoever violates the dispositions will be subject to three to five years in jail and fines of five to 10 times the minimum salary in government.

Source: DR1, Elnacional

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