Jails and Prisons

S. Carolina's Sanford urges FCC to combat prison cellphones

A former South Carolina governor now in Congress wants federal communications officials to help combat the danger of cellphones in the hands of prison inmates, asking Thursday that states be allowed to use technology to jam the signals of cellphones smuggled to inmates behind bars.

"You could make a real difference here," wrote U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. "In fact, there are very few things in domestic public policy that entail life and death itself. This issue does, and your actions here could literally save lives and make a profound difference."

Sanford is one of many South Carolina...