2011 -- S 0676 SUBSTITUTE A
A N A C T
RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - JAILS AND PRISONS
Introduced By: Senator Michael J. McCaffrey
Date Introduced: March 10, 2011
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Chapter 11-25 of the General Laws entitled "Jails and Prisons" is hereby
amended by adding thereto the following section:
11-25-14.1. Unlawful possession of telecommunications devices. – (a) It shall be
unlawful for any prisoner to possess any portable electronic communication device, including, but
not limited to, cellular telephones, cloned cellular telephones, two-way radios, pagers, personal
digital assistants, or any other device capable of transmitting or intercepting cellular or radio
signals between providers and users of telecommunication and data services. Any violation of this
provision shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000), a prison term
not to exceed five (5) years, or both.
(b) For the purposes of this section, "prisoner" includes all persons incarcerated at the
adult correctional institution, in the custody of any other officer while outside the confines of the
custodial unit, or in the custody of the state director of behavioral health, developmental
disabilities and hospitals pursuant to section 40.1-5.3-1. It shall not include those offenders on
home confinement pursuant to section 42-56-20.2, nor those offenders serving on parole.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.