How Securus Technologies Plan to Curtail Illegal Cell Phone Use

Anyone who has worked in corrections can attest to just how stressful that work environment can be, whether that means dealing with unruly inmates, monitoring, or seizing illegal contraband, a career in corrections is challenging. In recent years, cell phones use among inmates has become a topic of concern for many correctional facilities, especially since many inmates have used these phones to carry out crimes from behind bars. A huge proponent of curtailing cell phone use among inmates is ex-corrections officer Robert Johnson, who spent 15-years with the Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina. While with the Correctional Institution, Johnson was tasked with confiscating contraband that made it into the facility.

 

According to a nbcmiami.com article, Johnson seized a package that was reportedly valued at $50,000 dollars. An inmate who gained access to an illegal cell phone orchestrated the plan, which ultimately led to the package being brought into the facility. Once the package was seized, the same inmate used their cell phone to exact retaliation on Johnson, which led to the correction officer being shot in his own home. Of course, this is only one example of crimes being orchestrated by inmates with cell phones; in a separate incident, an inmate used a cell phone to plan a crime that resulted in the death of a nine-month-old baby.

 

The Dallas-based company, which has built a reputation for providing best in class safety to corrections personnel and inmates, has announced plans to help stymie the incidence of crimes perpetrated by inmates. The company, which is collaborating with the FCC, has introduced a Wireless Containment System that impedes an inmate’s ability to make certain cell phone calls. Why is the FCC involved? Well, federal law precludes anyone from arbitrarily blocking cell phone signals. The Wireless Containment System introduced by Securus Technologies ensures that prisons can put an end to illegal calls while still complying with federal regulations.

 

Securus Technologies have prided themselves on their ability to adapt to changes in the corrections industry. This is especially true, as they work to take on new challenges like cell phone use in U.S. prisons. Securus Technologies constantly makes investments in security and safety, as well as protocols that benefit the facilities that they serve. In fact, the company’s investment expenditures total $600 million annually.

 

How Guards Use Securus Technologies to Maintain Order

Maintaining order inside the prison is something that me and my fellow officers struggle with on a daily basis. The inmates are getting better at accessing drugs and weapons, the jail is getting overcrowded, and the prison staff is being cut. This creates a recipe for some seriously dangerous situations, so my team of officers need to be working especially hard to keep the peace.

 

Trying to keep drugs and contraband out of our jail is no easy task. These inmates have developed a number of ways to gain access easier than when they were on the streets. So to keep a close eye on the activities, we have to be in as many places as possible during the day when the inmates are out and about. If the inmates are in the visitor center, we need to scan and search both guests and inmates, making sure that nothing gets into our facility.

 

Securus Technologies has been instrumental in helping my team to make our prison safer than ever. The company developed an inmate call monitoring system that is able to do the work of a crew of corrections officers, quickly alerting our team when the inmates are discussing things like weapons, fighting, or drugs. This Dallas-based company is serious bout making the world safer, and is already up and running in thousands of jails around the country.

 

We are already seeing a huge decrease in crimes within the jail even after just a few weeks of having access to the new call monitoring system. If the inmates think they can try to get family to sneak drugs into the visitor center, we are able to intercept. If the inmates try planning a hit on other inmates or officers, we separate and remove any weapons that could have been used.