Official tours SC prison; sees seized cellphones

BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) – Federal officials in South Carolina have toured a maximum security prison to learn about the security threat from cellphones behind bars.

Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Ajit Pai walked through Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville on Wednesday. He met with inmates inside several dorms and examined a display of hundreds of cellphones, weapons and drugs seized in a single raid.

South Carolina Department of Corrections Chief Bryan Stirling wants to block cellphone signals behind bars, but needs the FCC’s permission.

Pai and Stirling are both participating in a hearing later Wednesday in Columbia at the invitation of Gov. Nikki Haley.

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