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​Corrective Services' Lithgow phone jamming trial proceeding

Issued: 15 April 2013
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Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) has confirmed its mobile jamming trial will begin inside Lithgow Correctional Centre in July.

The trial, which has been previously been announced to the Lithgow community, is expected to begin on 1 July 2013 and last for 12 months.

CSNSW is conducting the trial on behalf of corrections jurisdictions across Australia.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Wilson said the trial will examine how mobile phone jamming technology can be best used to combat illicit mobile phone possession and use inside prisons.

"Contraband mobile phones are a threat to prison security and good order and management in Centres. Inmates want phones so they can continue their criminal activities," Mr Wilson said.

In December last year the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) granted CSNSW an exemption to Australia’s Radiocommunications Act 1992 to enable the Lithgow trial. The Act makes it an offence to operate, supply or possess jamming devices.

Mr Wilson said CSNSW would be working to ensure the jamming technology worked effectively inside Lithgow Correctional Centre but did not interfere with mobile phone use outside the Centre.

"We will be adjusting the equipment so that phones are not jammed beyond the boundaries of Lithgow Correctional Centre."

Tenders are now being assessed for the supply and installation of the jamming equipment.

CSNSW continues to provide updates on the trial to Lithgow community representatives at regular Community Consultative Committee meetings.