SACRAMENTO (AP) — A bill making it a misdemeanor to smuggle cellphones to California inmates is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown.

The Senate unanimously approved Assembly amendments to SB26 by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles on Thursday.

Under current California law, it is not illegal to possess a cellphone in a prison. Inmates can face discipline such as a loss of privileges, and guards can lose their jobs but cannot be prosecuted.

Thousands of prisoners, including Charles Manson, have been caught with smuggled phones.

The Senate also unanimously sent Brown SB1390 by Sen. Elaine Alquist, a Democrat from Santa Clara. It requires monthly searches of employees and vendors at each state prison.

Nearly 11,000 cellphones were seized in prisons last year.

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Comments (10)
  1. Juan says:

    This seems like common sense that should’ve been applied years ago

  2. Alpha Kenny Juan says:

    For me, sex is a misdemeanor — the more I miss, de meanor I get!

  3. Cynthia says:

    A misdemeanor? Really? What’s the penalty a $100 fine? That’s like getting a ticket for pot. That’s really going to scare someone in prison. LOL! Our Senate $’s at work.

    1. James says:

      The prisoners wouldn’t be charged with the misdemeanor; the person on the outside who tried to smuggle the phone would be charged. Anyway, putting a felony charge on someone for smuggling a phone seems a bit excessive, so what else can they do?

  4. Jeff says:

    Why should they have a cell phone to begin with?

    1. Bill says:

      So they can order Domino’s for the Thursday night poker game. Remember the rapist, murders, child molesters, gang bangers are not allowed to be mistreated.
      The ACLU will not allow that.

      1. Thank God Finally says:

        EXACTLY! The monster who kidnapped and raped me has a web-enabled cell phone in there. He even has a MYSPACE page up. WTH!?! He is looking for “love” on the net. I reported the page . . did MYSPACE take it down? Nope. Did he get in trouble? Nope. Yes, we allow these monsters to have access to our sisters, daughters, friends ON THE NET and ON THE PHONE. It is craziness. Thank God for this bill.

      2. Auth says:

        Thanks for the LoFi version. I just wish PoliticsCentral would do the same for other ‘casts, like Blog Week in Review. It’s the words I cocnentrate on, not the bumper quality. I don’t need 30 MB for a half hour of conversation. Of course this will all be immaterial when I get broadband out here in the sticks of New Mexico, but wasted bits are wasted bits.

  5. Lety says:

    Posted on It wont help to spend money we dont have to protect jobs that Obama wants to save. There comes a time we have to bite the bluelt and protect the borders even if it is on a volunter basis and with the borders so compromised now we need real bluelts in real guns to stop the infiltration rather than cede land to Mexico because the creep will continue until it hits middle America, if it hasnt already. Our Country should be sovereign and English speaking, undiluted and free from outside influence from the White House.

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