H.R. 560 (111th): Safe Prisons Communications Act of 2009

Jan 15, 2009 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Died (Referred to Committee)
See Instead:

S. 251 (same title)
Passed Senate — Oct 05, 2009

Kevin Brady
Representative for Texas's 8th congressional district
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Jan 15, 2009
8 pages
Related Bills
S. 251 (identical)

Passed Senate
Last Action: Oct 05, 2009


This bill was introduced on January 15, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Jan 15, 2009
Referred to Committee Jan 15, 2009
Full Title

To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to permit targeted interference with mobile radio services within prison facilities.


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54 cosponsors (43R, 11D) (show)

House Energy and Commerce

Communications and Technology

House Judiciary

Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

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Safe Prisons Communications Act of 2009 - Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to authorize the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons or the chief executive officer of a state to petition the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to permit the installation of devices to prevent, jam, or interfere with wireless communications within the geographic boundaries of a specific prison, penitentiary, or correctional facility under his or her jurisdiction.
Requires that the device be operated on a directional basis, using all other interference-limiting capabilities available to the device, or otherwise so that the device does not interfere with wireless communications that originate and terminate outside the area of the prison, penitentiary, or correctional facility.
Requires the FCC to adopt a final rule establishing criteria for certification for the manufacture, sale, importation, and interstate shipment of such devices.

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