MP calls on Government to crack down on mobile phones in prison

On Tuesday 9th October during Justice Questions Henry asked the Minister of State, Rory Stewart MP, what actions the Government are taking to crack down on mobile use in prisons.

Commenting Henry said: “Although there has been pressure from some quarters I have always thought this is really quite an appalling idea because already mobile phones are being used by prisoners for criminal purposes. Indeed, they are being used for drug trafficking and intimidation of witness. So this is why I believe it is essential that every conceivable effort is made to clamp down on all mobile phone use in prison.”

“I was very pleased indeed with the Minister’s response, but it is absolutely vital we keep up the pressure.”

The fully exchange between Henry and the Minister can be viewed via the following link:

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2018-10-09/debates/8D42D4C1-C1F7-47BE-B0CE-A92E92D151E8/MobilePhonesInPrison#contribution-781FE7EE-A93A-4984-9FDB-C7AE281CA024 

Henry went on to say; “As far as in cell landlines are concerned I am nervous about this initiative because I believe it could be abused, but we obviously need more information on this matter. Hopefully there might be secure technology available to prevent these being used for anything other than contacting family members.”