More cell phones seized in Texas prisons

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ More banned cell phones have been confiscated at Texas prisons and agency officials credit tougher enforcement.

Delivery is expected by February on $480,000 worth of electronic devices to locate cell phone signals. The Austin American-Statesman on Monday reported prison authorities this year, through August, confiscated 995 cell phones.

Records show 1,226 cell phones were seized during 2008. A legislator from Houston last year received threatening calls traced to a death row inmate. Sen. John Whitmire says if cell phones are being smuggled in increasing numbers, "what other contraband are they getting in there?''

A 2008 lockdown turned up 22 cell phones on death row. No phones were found during a recent search. Prison system executive director Brad Livingston says the cell phone demand is significant enough for people to try to "beat the system.''