Phone jammers for Corrections centres
By MAIKA BOLATIKI
The Fiji Corrections Service will introduce phone jammers in all its centres as early as next year.
This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun by the Corrections Service Commissioner, Lieutenant- Colonel Ifereimi Vasu, at the opening of the new Suva Remand Centre at Korovou, Suva, yesterday.
The Fiji Sun had raised questions about the possibility of installing X-ray machines in corrections centres.
In reply Lieutenant-Colonel Vasu said: “We’re in the process of asking for budgetary allocation for x-ray machines. For your information we’re now in the process of using phone jammers and it will be in use early next year.”
According to Lieutenant-Colonel this was a new measure to stop contrabands entering corrections centres.
The phone jammer will stop all calls from those incarcerated to their outside contacts.
The commissioner said they had learned from past experiences where mobile phones were used from inside the centres to get in touch with their contacts for contrabands.
“Now with the phone jammer, all calls from inside the corrections centres by inmates will be jammed by the phone jammer,” he said.
According to Wikipedia a mobile phone jammer is an instrument used to prevent cellular phones from receiving signals from base stations.
When used, the jammer effectively disables cellular phones. These devices can be used in practically any location, but are found primarily in places where a phone call would be particularly disruptive because silence is expected.
As with other radio jamming, cell phone jammers block cell phone use by sending out radio waves along the same frequencies that cellular phones use.
This causes enough interference with the communication between cell phones and towers to render the phones unusable. On most retail phones, the network would simply appear out of range.
Some cell phone jammers have been introduced to some state prisons in the United States.
Cell phones that have been sneaked into prison pose a security risk for guards.
The commissioner said the phone jammer would only be effective within the correction centres.
NEW REMAND CENTRE
The commissioner also confirmed to Fiji Sun that the new detention/remand centre would be occupied today.
He said the relocation of those in remand would begin today.