Prisons in Michigan do not allow inmates to possess cell phones. The prohibition creates an extensive underground trade in cell phones within the prison populations. When arrests are made for smuggling cell phones, both those on the outside and the inmates inside must determine whether they have a viable criminal defense that can be raised against the charges.
With the assistance of friends and family on the outside, inmates have engaged in various creative ways to smuggle cell phones into prison. When they are caught, criminal charges are likely to be filed not only against those bringing them into the prison grounds but also against any prisoners found in possession of them. The standard not-so-creative method of getting cell phones, and drugs for that matter, into the prison grounds involves people on the outside simply throwing a package over the prison fence, where it is retrieved by a waiting inmate.