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Minister without portfolio at the Department of National Security, Matthew Samuda, said 2,300 cell phones were seized from correctional facilities in the past year.

Samuda, in his contribution to the State of the Nation debate in the Senate earlier this afternoon, reiterated that the government is committed to tackling smuggling entering these facilities.

He reiterated that action was underway to amend current legislation to criminalize the possession, use and smuggling of electronic devices, especially phones, in correctional facilities.

Samuda reminded fellow parliamentarians that one of the challenges law enforcement faced was the use of phones by criminal gangs behind bars to order their buddies to commit crimes.

In June of this year, Cabinet approved the drafting of instructions for legislative amendments to various sections of the Corrections Act and Adult Institution Rules to address the issue of prohibited items in correctional facilities.

He said the first phase of the amendment aims to provide stronger legislative support for security arrangements and checks in correctional facilities while facilitating tighter control of prohibited items carried indoors and out. installations.

Samuda also said the government is preparing to procure appropriate technology to monitor entry points, search and search for devices, and disrupt electronic communications in penitentiaries.

He said a full review of the Corrections Act is underway and the exercise is expected to be finalized by the end of this calendar year.

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