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Labour Lets Prisoners Do Crime From Prisons

Hon. Tony Ryall MP
National Law and Order spokesman
5 June 2005

Labour lets prisoners do crime from prisons

National's Law and Order spokesman, Tony Ryall, says the Labour Government is allowing criminals to organise crime from behind bars because it won't install technology that blocks their cellphone calls.

He is commenting on a report that 344 cellphones were taken off prisoners last year, and that 170 were seized in the first four months of this year.

"There is evidence that a lot of crime is being organised from inside prisons using cellphones, and Corrections Minister Paul Swain seems to be doing little to stop it.

"There is very cheap technology available to block cellphone signals.

"Every major opera house in the world has technology that does this. If they can block cellphones in opera houses they can block them in jailhouses.

"A quick internet search reveals numerous pieces of technology that can do the job.

"The next National Government will take action," says Mr Ryall.


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