Plastic bags not banned, cell phones in jail could be

on September 1, 2010

A legislative session that ran to the wee hours last night ended with a proposed statewide ban on plastic bags having been voted down, according to SFGate.com. Such bans have been enacted in individual cities, like San Francisco, and have been proposed across the U.S. but have found little purchase here. USA Today gets into the details.

Our own Dara Kerr reports on a current ban that’s not working as well as law enfocement officers might hope: cell phones in prison. Leaders of the Nuestra Familia gang have allegedly made calls and sent texts to members on the outside ordering killings and directing business, according to Kerr’s story. It is against federal law to jam cell phone signals in and out of prisons, but California Gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown said he is looking for ways to change this.

Photo by Basil D Soufi
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