Headquartered in Texas, Securus Technologies is the industry leader when it comes to effective technology to assist in the enhancement of the security of correctional institutions. One of the latest technology solutions developed by Securus Technologies is the Wireless Containment Systems. WCS from Securus Technologies is designed to restrict the entry of illegal cellphones into correctional facilities. Securus Technologies WCS also assists correctional officers in finding and eliminating wireless devices that have made it inside of penal institutions.
At the present time, Securus Technologies provides products and services to over 3,400 law enforcement and correctional agencies located across North America. These services play a role in the lives and incarceration of over 1.2 million inmates in Canada and the United States.
When it comes to illegal inmate communications, including the use of cellphones, Securus Technologies provides some startling data. At eight penal institutions, Securus Technologies tracked the number of illegal inmate communications its solutions prevented during the period of a year. During that time period, Securus Technologies prevented an amazing 1.7 million illegal communications. What makes this data even more extraordinary is the fact that these interceptions occurred at eight institutions, out of the thousands in operation across the North American continent.
Securus Technologies is not alone when it comes to preventing the use of cellphones in penal institutions. A former corrections officer named Robert Johnson is leading the drive to eliminate illegal cellphones from correctional facilities.
The story of Robert Johnson is shocking. He was a Florida correctional officer. When working a shift, he came upon a box filled with contraband that was intended for the inmate population. The efforts of Johnson kept the contraband out of the facility.
When this occurred, the inmate who orchestrated the scheme determined that he would revenge the interference with his desire to get the contraband into the facility. Towards this end, he made a decision to have Johnson murdered.
The inmate had a handy resource that allowed him the ability to arrange a hit on Johnson. The offender had his own illegal cellphone in the institution.
With the cellphone, the inmate called a criminal associate of his in the “real world.” Using the phone, he arranged for the associate to murder Johnson.
The associate broke into Johnson’s home early in the morning and gunned down the correctional officer. Johnson was shot multiple times and was expected to die from his wounds. He lived.
Upon his recovery, Johnson took it upon himself to advocate strongly for the elimination of illegal cellphones in correctional facilities. He tell his incredible story. Moreover, he makes it clear that his case is not an isolated instance of an inmate controlling criminal activity in the outside world from a prison cell.