LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Cell phones are being smuggled into prisons across California, and convicted killer Charles Manson even found a way to obtain one.

Guards say they found a cell phone under Manson’s mattress at Corcoran State Prison.

Last year, a friend recorded one of Manson’s bizarre calls.

Records show that he made calls and send text messages to people in California, New Jersey, Florida and British Columbia.

Prison authorities say it’s unclear if he tried to get anyone to commit a crime.

The prison system will block all calls from unauthorized phones in 2011. While cell phones are considered contraband behind bars, it’s not illegal for inmates to have them.

In September, Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have imposed a $5,000 fine on anyone caught giving a phone to an inmate.

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Comments (23)
  1. Amira Sciba says:

    Spell Check ( Prison)

  2. mojo says:

    Why don’t they just block the area surrounding the prisons so no cell calls can go in or out. I guess that is way too simple.

    1. Jazz says:

      That would mean cutting off employee cell phones. Imagine a prison riot and you have no means to communicate.

    2. Peterson says:

      What you are saying is stupid. How about the communications for the people in the community!
      Pull your head out!

    3. starla says:

      Because the cops still want to be able to use their cell phones that’s why.

  3. rjsmitty says:

    Don’t give this criminal any air time… I find myself wondering why you “CH9” would think this is news worthy when there is a lot more important news worthy stories going on today …

  4. rjsmitty says:

    How about reporting this ……Eugene Melendres Ramos, 36, A convicted sex offender has been arrested for allegedly raping a 2-year-old girl in a Union City store in San Fransisco, police said Thursday.

  5. Jim Gates says:

    mr jerry brown who people just voted in as gov was gov way back when the death penalty was repealed thats why manson is still alive now hes gov againg and the death penalty will be thrown out again nice job voters

    1. levi carter says:

      i also hope that the death penalty gets abolished 😀

  6. pete says:

    I dont know why manson hasnt been dead for years. I guess its because lawyers feed off this kind of stuff. shame on them.

  7. Mactish says:

    Jim Brown doesn’t know what he is talking about. Jerry Brown had nothing to do with Manson not being put to death.

    Chief Justice Byrd commuted everyone’s death sentence to life. She declared it cruel and unusual punishment.

    Next time get your facts straight.

    1. Joe Kerr says:

      Who do you think appointed Rose Birdbrain?

  8. Rick says:

    Manson should have been executed years ago! Not by the Prison system,

  9. Kelly says:

    Charles Manson is NOT a convicted killer. He was NOT convicted of killing anyone. According to the prosecution, he “hypnotised” his friends to kill. Stop the slander. Reveal the truth.

    1. Denise says:

      Charles Manson may not have been convicted of murder but he did conspire to commit murder and if you didn’t think he has killed your an idiot. It isn’t slander to say he is a murder.

      1. shutterbug says:

        He was convicted of the murders through the joint-responsibility rule, which makes each member of a conspiracy guilty of crimes his fellow conspirators commit in furtherance of the conspiracy’s object. Not a convicted killer! He never killed anyone. He had people do it for him.

  10. b says:

    What the heck? Who is Charles Manson’s friend? Who gave their numbers to Charles Manson???

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