Province to employ cell phone detectors at 25 correctional facilities across Ontario

Prohibited cell phones in prisons a growing concern, according to Queen's Park

The province is picking up the tab on some new devices that should help detect and locate cellphones within adult correctional facilities in Ontario.

The Ontario Government will implement the use of specialized devices at 25 facilities across the province, saying prohibited cell phones are a growing concern within; cell phones can be used by inmates to conduct criminal activity, intimidate witnesses, or to share security details from within an institution.

“The unauthorized use of cell phones is a serious threat to the safety of corrections staff and inmates and is being used to conduct criminal activity inside and outside of our facilities,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “These new cell phone detectors are an important tool in our strategy to combat contraband and ensure correctional staff are equipped with the modern tools and technology needed to do their job safely and securely.”

Work is underway to train staff on these new devices, expected to be fully operational by summer 2021.