It is crucial that cell phones are kept away from inmates who can use them to orchestrate crimes on the outside. Point and case for the reason why occurred in 2010 when a Lee Correctional Institution employee name Robert Johnson was targeted to be killed in his own home. Johnson had been serving in the capacity of confiscating contraband from prisoners, and two week prior to the shooting, he had been a part of efforts that led to the interception of a package that a gang in prison valued at $50,000. Johnson was shot six times in his hallway but made a miracle recovery after.
The convicted of the shooting was Sean Echols, and the contract to kill Robert Johnson was made with Echols over a cell phone that an inmate used on a reloadable Greendot card. While Johnson survived, he is in constant pain and he has undergone 23 surgeries. Johnson isn’t the only case where inmates coordinated hits through a cell phone. Another example was the murder of a nine month old baby that was put together through a cell phone from a prison in Georgia. Instead of giving up, Johnson works with Securus Technologies as a consultant, and the company has built a Containment System that puts a stop to the use of cell phones by inmates.
Securus Technologies is a leader in the industry of criminal justice tech solutions that keep the public safe, and it is looking to expand its Wireless Containment Solution (WCS). Recently, another installation of its technology is keeping illegal contraband cell phones from being able to reach a commercial mobile network inside of prisons and jails. The technology not only keeps cell phones from illegally accessing a network, but it also can identify the identity of the cell phone in question. Some cell phone providers did try to manage access in prisons but were unable to do so due to a lack of cutting edge technology and experience. Other solutions like identifying cell phone signals did nothing to prevent crimes being committed through them. WCS has achieved what every other company has failed to do achieve, and that is keeping working cell phones out of the hands of inmates.
Securus Technologies is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and works with over 3,450 law enforcement and corrections agencies and public safety groups all over North America. It offers a spread of products that keep people inside and outside of prisons or other kinds of correctional facilities safe. The company also works to keep friends and families connected with their incarcerated loved ones in a safe and efficient way. CEO of Securus Technologies, Rick Smith, has committed himself to continuing the work that he feels like he was put on Earth to do and sees a future where more safety measures are implemented.