BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland public safety officials say they’ll use a $350,000 federal grant to intensify the fight to keep cell phones out of prisons in Baltimore.

Gov. Martin O’Malley announced the grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance on Tuesday, noting that the state’s efforts have focused on partnerships between prosecutors and prison investigators and links to forensic cell phone data extraction and analysis.

The grant will pay for a part-time assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore, two investigators in Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services’ internal investigative unit and one support staffer. Their goal will be to reduce prison corruption and gang activity through enhanced prosecution and investigation. They will also target prison staff who enable inmates to acquire cell phones.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. Wheres common sense when you need it says:

    How ’bout if you get caught with a cell phone in prison, you go straight to lock down and stay there for good. No vistors, no yard time, no TV, no nothin’. 3 meals and a shower, thats it. Man, I just saved the Government $350,000.

  2. Can't Fix Stupid says:

    Why is a Federal Grant needed for this? Go in to each of the cells and shake them down! DOH! Anyone caught with a cell phone should be treated like any other inmate with contriban. Do your jobs! No addtional funding is necessary, unless O’Malley needed something else to waste our money on….

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