Prisons seek $66 million to get rid of phones, contraband

AUSTIN — Texas prison officials are seeking nearly $66 million in public money — some of it right away — for new security equipment to rid lockups of cell phones and other contraband.
The request, which is more than double the amount officials proposed several months ago, comes just weeks after a systemwide sweep uncovered hundreds of smuggled cell phones, including 18 on death row.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston said Wednesday that given the seriousness of the contraband problem, he would seek $30 million in immediate funding. More... Prisoner Pen Pals - Discount Cigarettes - Discount Magazine Subscriptions for Prisoners