Criminal Offenses

Jails and Prisons

SECTION 11-25-14.1

§ 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 § 40.1-5.3-1. It shall not include those offenders on home confinement pursuant to § 42-56-20.2, nor those offenders serving on parole.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2011, ch. 78, § 1; P.L. 2011, ch. 83, § 1.)