The ability for prison inmates to secretly communicate with the outside world poses a danger to ordinary citizens and threatens public safety. Ex-corrections officer, Robert Johnson, knows that danger all too well. In March 2010, Johnson was the victim of an attempt on his life in his home in South Carolina. The attack in which Johnson was shot six times in the stomach and the chest was ordered and paid for by an inmate using a cell phone that had been smuggled to him in prison. Johnson survived the attack, but there have been other examples, such as that of Kendarius Edward, a nine-month-old baby targeted because of a dispute with his uncle, whose murder was contracted using a contraband cell phone. Fortunately, new technology is being used to detect and disrupt contraband cell phone usage.
Deployed in several correctional facilities in the U.S., Securus Technologies’ Wireless Containment Solution (WCS) uses cellular technology to block outgoing cell signals to contraband cell phones. WCS works by broadcasting a powerful signal that mimics the frequency range of national cellular carriers to attract the contraband cell phones. Once connected all calls are intercepted allowing the prison staff to monitor and determine what calls are allowed to go through and which calls to block. The system maintains a list of allowed numbers and numbers that are unauthorized.
Deployment of systems like Securus’ WCS continues to increase as the government makes way for correctional facilities to leverage contraband interdiction technology. The FCC, which regulates the broadcast frequencies uses by cell phone providers voted in March of 2017 to simplify the process prisons are required to follow to obtain and deploy the technology.
Fortunately, the story of Robert Johnson doesn’t end with his horrific shooting. He now works as a consultant for Securus Technologies where he promotes and advocates for the adoption of the technology that could have possibly prevented the attempt on his life.
Securus Technology Company is based in Dallas Texas. It was officially founded in 1986 with its regional offices located in both in Texas and Atlanta Georgia. Approximately, this company employs a vast number of people. It’s also reported to have satisfactory contracts with correctional facilities in the United States and entirely serve many other correctional centers across the U.S. and Canada. The company announced it had invested millions in 2016 in not only technologies and patents but also acquisition in three years. Richard A. (Rick) Smith is the rightful C.E.O of the organization since 23rd June 2008.
Some two leading industries in correction market industry merged in 2004, and later on, in 2007, Securus Technologies attained the “international brand leader in Offender Manager Systems.” Securus innovated a system to control contraband cell phones. By 2016, Securus had received more than five departments of correctional facilities. In the same year, Securus partnered with a Corporation on “Cell Defender” technology. However, in 2017 announced its Wireless innovation that was developed to prevent the band cell phones which were used back then from connecting to the modern mobile networks.
Securus has been providing telephone services to the U.S. prisons at a remarkably higher rate than the general public. In July 2005, the company was the target of the data infraction of about million records of phone calls made. Not only does Securus provide top services but also solutions to criminal acts which improve public safety plus modernize the incarceration experience. The reason as to why law enforcement agencies, prisons, and other more prominent organizations with much reputation prefer having Securus technologies is that they’re simple and robust technology solutions that are easy to use.
This company is very much committed to providing high- tech software solutions. This is to be achieved by its products offering best and most importantly high-quality services. Recently, Securus has strategically executed a revolutionary plan for growth by acquiring organizations providing complementary products and services. In as much as there are many communication agencies, Securus still stands out to be great in operation in this field.
Securus Technologies, one of the nation’s leading technology providers to law enforcement and correctional facilities, recently released stories of how their customers use their technology solutions to prevent or solve crime. As prison officials shed light on crime in the incarceration environment, it’s interesting to see how technology aids in apprehending criminals behind bars, and in one case, a corrupt staff member who was sneaking in contraband.
Securus, which is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has an A+ rating, provides jail and prison staff tools to monitor conversations when they receive complaints about harassment inside facilities. In one case, an inmate call revealed one person telling another what to say when questioned by the police. Had investigators not heard the conversation, they might have believed the witness’ statement as the person who would make the statement had a clean record.
Providing technology to approximately 2,600 jails and prisons, Securus Technologies is one of the leading technology providers, especially since the company has a wide range of inmate communication and monitoring solutions available, including data analytics, voice biometric software and more. Securus has enabled law enforcement and corrections officials to use advanced technology to fight, and even prevent, crime, which is due in part to the $605 million investment the company has made in research and acquisitions in the last four years.