The Securus Technologies Wireless Containment Systems Protect the Public
Securus Technologies has developed an effective new technology it calls the Wireless Containment Systems, or WCS. WCS is to combat the very real problem of inmate smuggling cellphones into correctional institutions. The use of illegal cellphones by inmates presents a very serious security threat at correctional facilities. This illicit use of cellphones also is a major safety threat to the public at large.
WCS is designed to prevent the initial introduction of cellphones into correctional facilities. It also works to identify and eliminate cellphones that have made it inside correctional facilities and into the hands of offenders.
In the process of implementing WCS at eight institutions, Securus Technologies kept track of the number of illegal inmate communications the technology prevented. Over the course of one year, at these eight facilities, Securus Technologies prevented 1.7 million illegal inmate communications.
Securus Technologies is headquartered in Texas. At the current time, the company serves various needs of about 3,400 law enforcement and correctional agencies in North America. The company impacts the lives of about 1.2 million inmates in Canada and the United States
Securus Technologies is not alone in warning of the serious problem presented by illegal cellphones in correctional facilities. A former correctional officer is on the road telling his own story.
Robert Johnson was a correctional officer for the Florida Department of Corrections. During the course of his employment, he came upon a box loaded with contraband. Because of his efforts, about $50,000 was prevented from entering into the correctional facility at which Johnson was assigned.
After Johnson accomplished this task, the inmate behind the smuggling operation took steps to retaliate against Johnson personally. The offender had access to an illegal cellphone inside the correctional facility.
The inmate telephoned an associated located outside the walls. The instructed the associate to kill correctional officer Johnson. The associate followed orders.
Early one morning, the associate broke into Johnson’s residence. The shot Johnson multiple times. In the end, Johnson ended up within an inch of his life, but he did survive.
In the aftermath of the shooting, Johnson has deeply involved himself in telling people his story. He is consulting with correctional agencies to encourage them to implement systems like WCS to eliminate the very dangerous cellphones from the hands of incarcerated inmates.
What is even more alarming, is Johnson’s story is not unique. Each year, there are multiple examples of inmates coordinating criminal activities of different types from prison or jail. These activities run the gambit from drug operations to killings. As long as inmates have access to cellphones behind the walls, they will continue to be in positions to effectively conduct criminal activities even while they are incarcerated. They will continue to be a danger to the public.