From left: Lizzie Burt, a prison official, and her staff, stand near the inmate’s cell at the El Paso County Jail.
| AP Photo The Washington Post article “No cell phones, no cell phones allowed,” said a prison guard.
“And no television.”
The guard added that the inmates must wear “shorts and sneakers and nothing else.”
The guards were wearing bright orange prison uniforms with long black stripes, and the guards spoke to reporters in Spanish.
Some of the guards were carrying rifles.
The guards told reporters they were trying to keep inmates from being distracted by the television.
The guard was not allowed inside the cells.
Prisoners are allowed to wear certain types of clothing and are allowed a few minutes at a time to talk to each other, read newspaper or magazines or listen to music.
But they are not permitted to take photos, video or record their conversations with each other or their cellmates.
Prison officials have said they are working on ways to make it possible for inmates to take selfies.
The inmates can send emails and texts from the prison walls and can also use video cameras, but only in designated areas and only for personal use.
They are not authorized to post videos on the Internet.
Prison guards have also been ordering inmates not to use cellphones.
“We are not looking for a problem,” the prison official said.
Prison authorities have been trying to reduce overcrowding.
But the inmates who remain at the jail are often isolated, said Laura E. Wold, a spokeswoman for the El Cajon County Jail, which has about 1,300 inmates.
Many of the inmates are mentally ill, she said.
They sometimes use drugs or alcohol and sometimes take prisoners to places like nightclubs.
“It’s very difficult for the staff to manage that,” Wold said.
The officials at the prison said the guards are trying to do their best to help inmates with their mental health needs, including helping them access the services that are available to them, but that they are also concerned about the impact of overcrowding on the prisoners’ mental health.
Some inmates at El Paso have told The Associated Press that they were ordered to stop using cellphones and video cameras by prison officials, who say the inmates have been abusing them.
Inmates who have been allowed to talk with each another are able to read newspapers and magazines or take photos in their cells.
But prison officials said they were not allowed into the cells of inmates who have not been approved for video cameras.
Prison employees at the county jail say the prison system has a long history of letting prisoners use cell phones and video conferencing technology.
But some officials at El Cancun say the jail is violating inmates’ privacy rights by allowing prisoners to use the technology.
Prison records show that prisoners were given access to cell phones in 2013 and that the prison has since adopted rules limiting access to the technology and telling prisoners to take the cameras down.
“The prison is not making any effort to keep them from using cell phones,” said Wold.
El Paso, Texas, is one of several U.S. prisons that are under review by the Justice Department for their treatment of prisoners.
In the months leading up to the release of the AP’s report, the Justice department sent a letter to the prison that accused El Paso of violating inmates rights by letting them use cell phone technology and video conferences.
The letter noted that inmates in El Paso had been ordered not to speak to each others’ cellmates and had been allowed in their cell but had been forbidden from using video conferences.
Prison spokesman Mike Rios said the prison’s policy is to limit access to technology, and that prisoners are not required to wear headsets or other devices that interfere with their cell phone calls.
He said the policy also does not allow prisoners to talk on cell phones outside of designated areas or to record their cell conversations.
The jail has been under investigation since a lawsuit was filed last year in U.C.L.A. Superior Court by a group of inmates seeking to overturn the policy.
El Cacajon was ordered to take action to correct the situation.
“Unfortunately, El Paso officials have failed to follow through on the promises they made in the letter to protect the privacy of inmates in their care,” the group wrote.
In an emailed statement, prison officials defended the policies, saying they were based on safety concerns and were not aimed at preventing inmates from using technology or conferenging.
“This is not an isolated case,” the statement said.
“As part of the Department’s efforts to improve security, we have introduced new security measures that address the concerns we raised.”
The inmates at the Texas prison say they are frustrated by the lack of action and are looking for an explanation.
“They are saying we have a problem with overcrowding and they have the right to do this,” said inmate Alex Ramirez, who has been at the facility for three years.
“But they have not done anything.”
The AP reached out to El Caco and