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Charles Manson caught with smuggled LG cellphone in prison. What should be done?

December 3, 2010 |  7:21 am

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TalkHow bad is the contraband cellphone problem in California's prison?

So bad, according to The Times' Jack Dolan, that officials caught one of America's most notorious killers with one.

 Charles Manson was caught with an LG flip phone under his prison mattress.

Manson made calls and sent text messages to people in California, New Jersey, Florida and British Columbia before officers discovered the phone, said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections. Asked whether Manson had used the device to direct anyone to commit a crime or to leave a threatening message, Thornton said, "I don't know, but it's troubling that he had a cellphone since he's a person who got other people to murder on his behalf."

According to Dolan, guards found 1,400 cellphones in 2007, when the department began to keep records of confiscations. The number jumped to 6,995 in 2009 and stands at 8,675 so far this year.

What should be done about this problem? Share your ideas and opinions below.

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Photos: Charles Manson in a 1968 booking photo, left, and in 2009 at Corcoran State Prison. Credits: Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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