In a decision being touted by
prosecutors as a major victory in the war on inmate cellphone usage, jurors slapped Texan Michael Manor with a
surprising 40-year sentence for what they considered the very serious crime of possessing a cellphone in prison. Manor,
who was already serving 32 years on auto theft charges, was not even charged with using the phone for criminal
purposes; rather, the long sentence comes as a result of a new zero-tolerance cellphone policy in the Texas prison
system, where the offense was recently given third-degree felony status. Corrections offers are also a target of the
crackdown, with prosecutors promising to bring offenders in front of juries instead of offering them probation,
although there are concerns that the stricter penalties may actually make smuggling appear more lucrative.