Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $397,970)
The Massachusetts Department of Correction (MADOC) will expand its investigative options by adding cellphone interdiction tools throughout the prison system to help detect cellphones. This will deter the introduction of concealed cellphone contraband into DOC facilities. The project activities are 1) to purchase Cellsense detectors for all prisons within MADOC to detect, confiscate, and investigate any and all contraband items detected, and 2) train correctional officers regularly to use this equipment. The equipment is an advanced ferromagnetic detection system for screening with optimized sensors for cellular phone detection and ferrous metal contraband. It can detect cell phones whether on/off, and detect anywhere on the person or internalized in a body orifice. The passive detection makes it safe for use on pregnant woman and persons with pacemakers.