Securus Technologies wants to make a change when it comes to cell phone activity within the inmate population and there are already positive results for why the change should be a reality.
Securus Technologies provides the leading technology solution for civil and criminal justice for public safety and corrections facilities as well as monitoring. The company is the largest provider of detainee communications, parole behavioral monitoring and government communication management solutions. The safety issue pertaining to cell phones is something that Securus Technologies believes has become a serious threat to not only the inmate population but also to those who live outside of the prison walls.
Seven years ago, Ronald Johnson experienced the worst attack imaginable when he opened the front door of his home. Ronald, who is now a former corrections officer, previously made a duty-bound decision to intercept a suspected contraband package within Lee Correctional Institute where he was employed. The package which had an estimated value of $50,000 was suspected of belonging to prison gang members.
Subsequent to Ronald’s decision, on March 5, 2010 at 5:00 A.M., he was shot six times in the stomach and chest area by someone with a rifle. Ronald intercepted the package two weeks prior. The shooting was retaliation, and his attempted murder was ordered through the use of a cell phone by a prison inmate. The arrest and conviction of Sean Echols, who was an ex-convict on the outside of the prison, proved that the crime was conducted as a “hit” and was ordered by three inmates within Lee Correctional Institute.
This incident and many others has caused Securus Technologies to move forward with trying to protect the public by stopping inmates from using cell phones which are already banned within correctional facilities. Ronald now works as a consultant for Securus Technologies, and in March 2017, he testified in front of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on behalf of the company to address the changes needed for the rampant contraband cell phones within correctional facilities.
Securus Technologies Inc. has developed a Wireless Containment System (WCS) that prevents inmate cell phone calls from leaving the correctional facility. The inventive solution works by using a network center to isolate calls that are dialed as well as any received calls. Once the calls are picked up by the network, the Wireless Containment System determines how they should be handled. The process has already been successful at three Florida correctional facilities with more WCS installations planned.
Through July 2016 and July 2017, Securus Technologies was able to detect and prevent more than 1.7 million illegal communications by inmates within eight correctional facilities throughout the United States and has invested $40 million to WCS development.