Criminal Justice

Hit with 30 Extra Days on Life Term for Cellphone, Helter-Skelter Slayer Manson Is Found with a 2nd

Highlighting an ongoing security issue in the nation’s prisons and California’s cash-strapped facilities in particular, one of the country’s most notorious murderers reportedly has been found, for the second time, in possession of a contraband cellphone.

Charles Manson, who was profiled in the book Helter Skelter for his leadership role in his followers’ spree slaying of Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife and multiple others in 1969, had an extra 30 days tacked onto his life term after he was found with the first cellphone in 2009. But guards at Corcoran State Prison then found Manson with a second cellphone last month, reports the Los Angeles Times’ PolitiCal blog.

California authorities have avoided making it a crime to possess a cellphone in a state lockup because of the resources that would be required to prosecute such cases.

Additional coverage: “‘Helter Skelter’ Slayer Charles Manson Chats on ‘Cell’ Phone, Gets Extra 30 Days on Life Term”

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law: “The Trial of Charles Manson”

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