Prisoners in UK could have phones inside cells

Calls to friends and family will be recorded, but conversations with lawyers will remain private.

London: Prisoners in Britain could soon have
telephones fitted inside their cells to deter smuggling of
cell phones inside jails and avoid queuing of inmates to use
public phones.

The Ministry of Justice said a number of jails were being
considered for a trial which would allow calls to be made in
cells rather than on communal phones on landings.

Her Majesty`s Prison Isis, a young offenders institute in
south-east London, is believed to be the front-runner for the
pilot scheme.

It houses 622 under-25s within the walls of HMP Belmarsh.
Officials are also concerned about the security issues of
prisoners queuing to use public phones.

Under the pilot scheme, calls to friends and family will
be recorded, as they are currently, but conversations with
lawyers will remain private, the BBC reported.

Officials are concerned about growing numbers of mobile
phones being smuggled into prisons, it said.

A Prison Service spokesman said: "Access to land-line
phones for prisoners is normal practice.

"The Prison Service is currently exploring possibilities
of a pilot installation in a state-run establishment as we
recognise the benefits of such a system.

"Any pilot will be monitored carefully before a decision
is made on its roll-out," the spokesman said.

PTI

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