According to this LA Times article, the California Inspector General released a report stating that twenty CA prison employees recently resigned or were fired due to smuggling cellphones to inmates. The report stated that the employees did it for cash or love (or something like it). The report states that the CA system is on track to confiscate 12,000 phones this year, down from 15,000 last year.
The report also criticizes the CA prison system’s lawyers for shoddy legal work that made it more difficult for the system to permanently fire dirty staff – according to the report, one lawyer repeatedly fell asleep during interviews and had to be kicked awake by the investigators (!). Insert lawyer joke here.