Florida Law Increases Punishment for Sneaking Cellphones

As of October 1, 2008, it is a third degree felony to smuggle a cellphone into Florida’s prisons. If convicted, you could receive up to 5 years in prison and a $5000.00 fine. The Florida law also prohibits possession of beepers, radios, or PDA’s.

The Florida Department of Corrections is training dogs to detect cellphones in the inmates’ cells. Prison officials believe an inmate having a cell phone will lead to escape plans being formed, drug deals being planned, and harassment of victims. Florida is the 3rd largest state prison system in the United States.