Charles Manson, one of California's most notorious and high-profile inmates, was found with a smuggled cell phone inside his cell at Corcoran State Prison for a second time, a source with California's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told KCRA.
This latest discovery was made on Jan. 6 in a highly protected area inside the prison, the CDCR confirmed to KCRA.
Manson has been issued a rules violation for possession of a contraband cell phone. He has a right to appeal, the . Manson lost 30 days credit for his previous rules violation.
An investigation is under way to determine how the cell phone was smuggled into the prison and into Manson's cell.
In December, the infamous convicted murderer had a LG flip phone hidden under his mattress, which was found by prison officials.
Manson used the phone to make calls and send text messages to people in California, New Jersey, Florida and British Columbia, Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections, told the in December.
"Contraband cell phones are becoming so prevalent in California prisons that guards can't keep them out of the hands of the most notorious and violent inmates: Even Charles Manson, orchestrator of one of the most notorious killing rampages in U.S. history," said the Times' report, referring to the 1969 murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people.
President Barack Obama signed a bill in August that bans cell phones from federal prisons and makes it a crime that is punishable by up to a year in jail for smuggling one in, notes the Times. But the bill does not apply to state prison facilities. And that's where Manson, 76, is housed, at Corcoran State Prison, in Kings County, Calif.
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