How do inmates charge up smuggled cell phones? Do prison cells usually have electrical outlets?
USP Atlanta, FCI Yazoo City and FCC Coleman had outlets in cells. When I was at Yazoo they were especially needed because it was a punitive prison in the Fed system and the warden did not allow microwaves to be placed in the units as it was in all other prisons.
We had hot water dispensers, 2 per side for 150 guys and 90% of the time only 1 worked. It was a waste of time so guys made stingers using electrical wire and a piece of metal sauntered to two ends and a plug to the other two. Because some guys had to have breathing machines at night which had to be plugged in the prison was required to have power run into all cells. I never understood why the warden saw no microwaves as a punishment because it wreaked havoc on the prison with guys stealing anything they could o make a stinger.
Stingers were banned but usually if you have the CO a bowl of food when you cooked he would overlook unless he was an ass.
Guys who were caught with cell phones disappeared. They were charged with all kinds of shots, put on Diesel therapy and landed in a higher security joint than they started in with a lot of extra time. It was serious for several reason but the primary being the only way the ph got in was it was smuggled in by a CO or staff member. They will unleash all possible forms of punishment in order to learn where it came from.
All the "prisons " I was housed at had electric outlets in my cell or cube depending on my classification at the time.
The hardest thing about having a cell phone in prison would be keeping it secret. If even one person finds out you have it your screwed. They will want to use it. If you tell them no , you gotta worry about them ratting you out or trying to steal it. Believe me the last thing you want to get caught with is a cell phone, it would be better to get caught with a knife than a phone. The last guy I seen get caught with a phone got 5 years in the box and 1 to 3 years added to his sentence.
Hope I helped.
Yes most cells have electricity now.
This was to take batteries out of circulation that were packed into socks and used as a very effective "cosh" type weapon.
It's remarkably easy to use the wires from a broken radio into the lead to effect charging but the ends must not touch or it will trip the electric to your cell which though not inexplicable,can point suspicion your way.
Not good if you're hiding a smuggled phone.
It's also possible to make a kettle this way to boil a cup of water though in the UK at least,kettles are now provided.
In California... Yes, you have an electrical outlet in your cell if you are on the mainline and not in the hole. Even if you are in reception where there AREN'T open outlets in the cell, you can pop one in the dayroom.
Usually we would have to get our hands on a power adaper and strip the wires, although there were times when we'd have the proper charger.
Lower security, more often than not. Higher security, almost never. Butt, if nothing else, cons are resourceful, resilient, and got a lot of time to finger things out. The hook LOVE lights. You will always have a light in your room. Better yet, when you have a light switch. There's your juice. I don't know how many times I've seen some one make something and said "so you made this, but you couldn't invent the Internet*
In all the jails and prisons I have been to their has been at least on outlet in the jail cell mostly for your tv if you can pay or medical things that you or your cell mate need, most of the outlets were in clean sight of the guards so you would have to know their pattern pretty well to successfully charge a phone but trust me people do it