Prison inmates are not allowed to carry cell phones. If they get one, they can use it to organize illegal activities, threaten witnesses and plan to escape. Prison officials can use cell phone jammers to block signals from cell phones, which may smuggle prisoners into the prison. Using cell phone jammers in prisons may affect the surrounding public cellular network.
We work with the New South Wales Department of Corrective Services (CFNSW) to ensure that the use of portable jammer does not affect your mobile phone. In 2013, we approved the Lithgow Correctional Center’s test of mobile phone jammers as part of the 2015 Radio Communications Exemption Decision.
The process should check whether the jammer can block the cell phone signal in the prison without affecting the use of the cell phone in the prison. There are no confirmation reports or public complaints about the disruption of cellular networks in the area. After the public consultation that ended on July 6, 2018, new impairments have been made. From November 1, 2018, with the approval of the 2018 “Radio Communication Exemption”, CSNOW will continue to use mobile phone jammers at the Lithgow Correctional Center. You can see the area covered by the cell phone jammer on the map of the Lithgow Correctional Center.