In just about any prison in the United States, the supply of contraband packages is a problem. Even after many security checks and provisions, the inmates somehow manage to get the contraband items inside the prison. It is something that can put the lives of other inmates at risk and has even taken the lives of many law enforcement officials in the past. Other than weapons and other items, one of the most common contraband items that are found inside the prison is the phones. With the help of contraband phones, the inmates can communicate news outside of the jail that they are not supposed to and can even use their extended criminal network to control illegal activities from inside the prison. It destroys the fundamental reason why criminals are incarcerated if they can engage in illegal activities from inside the prison as well. It is why catching the contraband phones is highly essential.
One of the companies that have been working on developing the technology to stop the menace created by contraband phones inside the prison is Securus Technologies. The company has invested more than $40 million in developing contraband interdiction technology, which would not allow any unauthorized phones from inside the prison to make contact with the outside world. The wireless carriers that these contraband phones use would be working with the company to ensure that the contraband phones are jammed and are rendered useless from the correctional facilities. Rick Smith, CEO of Securus Technologies say that Wireless Containment Solutions by Securus Technologies is the only such technology that has been tried, tested, approved, and used by the correctional facility currently. It has managed to stop over 1.7 million illegal communications from the eight correctional facilities it has been installed in.
The entire United States was in a state of shock when an inmate posted a video on Facebook from inside the prison using a contraband phone. The inmate was brandishing a knife in the video, which showcases the loopholes in the security parameters of the prison facilities these days. One of the former corrections officers, Robert Johnson, who has worked for over 15 years in a prison facility with the primary job to confiscating contraband phones, was shot twice as he seized a contraband package worth over $50,000. Due to his ability to detect and catch the contraband phones, he was made the target. It wouldn’t have been possible without the use of contraband phones.
Currently, Robert Johnson works with the Securus Technologies to help the developers build a formidable Wireless Containment Solution that would ensure that the use of contraband phones in the prisons is eliminated with time. Securus Technologies hopes that with more added features in the future, it would be able to achieve its goal without a doubt.