My Law Life

by Scott Ealy (Effingham, Illinois, USA)

Cell Phones, Computers As Contraband?




In Arizona, a criminal defense attorney stands accused today of passing contraband to a prisoner.

The lawyer was arrested last week after he reportedly ignored orders not to give his shackled client a piece of candy in court.


For many of us who visit our clients in jail, the contraband issue is scarier than one might think.



Here in Illinois, we have a statute that prohibits the bringing of contraband into a penal institution.



The statute defines contraband as being inclusive of:


any electronic, video recording device, computer, or cellular communications equipment, including, but not limited to, cellular telephones, cellular telephone batteries, videotape recorders, pagers, computers, and computer peripheral equipment brought into or possessed in a penal institution without the written authorization of the Chief Administrative Officer.


720 ILCS 5/31A-1.1



Have criminal defense attorneys unwittingly violated this ridiculous felony statute on a regular basis?






Scott Ealy



Written by scottealy

December 22, 2008 at 2:05 am

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