Inmate Illegal Cell Phone Usage Thwarted By New Securus Technology

Mr. Robert Johnson has been working for Securus Technologies in a unique position for a while now. Robert is a former corrections officer who works to help discover and prevent the use of illegal cell phones within the prison system. This is a mission that Mr. Johnson takes seriously. In 2010 Mr. Johnson was a corrections officer who was responsible for stopping contraband from entering the prisons. At the beginning of March 2010, Mr. Johnson stopped contraband, valued at $50,000, from reaching the intended inmate. By the end of March 2010, Mr. Johnson was fighting for his life after a home invader shots him six times. It was discovered that the inmate who never received his contraband authorized the hit with an illegal cellphone and made payment on a reloadable money card.


Seven years later, Robert has pulled through his ordeal, and has become a man on a mission with regards to stamping out illegal cell phones within the prison system. Case in point, nine month old Kendarius Edwards was shot and killed while in his mother’s arms because three brothers, who were incarcerated, had a disagreement with the uncle and ordered the hit from prison. This could have been prevented if the institution had the wireless containment system that Securus Technologies provides.


Wireless Containment services are the latest technology services that Securus had been providing their clients. In March of 2017, the regulations regarding third party wireless monitoring have loosened a bit which means that the internet service providers are responsible for working closer with inmate communications providers. In turn, companies such as Securus are able to employ this Wireless Containment Solutions (WCS) by intercepting any unauthorized wireless signal inside the facility and “capturing” the outgoing call. After capturing the signal, WCS will not send the signal on and render the illegal cell phone useless. Securus has captured over 1.7 million illegal communication attempts.


This can be very good news for facilities across the nation. For example, at Evans Correctional Institute there was a short viral video leaked by an active inmate, Jose Rivera that was 3 1/2 minutes long. This was not Rivera’s first internet posting while incarcerated. If the facility had WCS, this could have been prevented and management was luck it was not worse. Securus Technologies has a very good track record of providing technology to increase the safety and security for facilities, inmates, and family members. Securus oversees 3400 facilities and 1,200,000 inmates daily and specializes in: biometric analysis, emergency response, incident and information management, and inmate self service. To read more about this technology, please click here.

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