A while ago, the CDCR website announced that CDCR had declared war against inmate cellphones. We didn't feature that at the time, since we felt other news were more important; but there are important angles to this issue that should be explored. Communications with the outside from prison are difficult and expensive; the costs are so expensive that some businesses are trying to offer alternatives to the collect call system.
The latest news on this come from Just A Guy, an unusual blogger from an unusual location on the SF Bay Guardian, whose other knowledgeable and intelligent recent posts have been highlighted here before. I really recommend reading what he has to say about this; a reminder that sometimes thinking out of the box is cheaper, and not more harmful to public safety.