NBC Miami recently featured a story regarding contraband cell phones in prisons. The person interviewed was Robert Johnson, a retired corrections officer. The topic is important to Johnson as he was the victim of a crime involving gunshot wounds in his own home due to retaliation by a former inmate. Johnson believes the targeting was attributed to his position within the correctional facility. His primary role was confiscating contraband, a dangerous job at best. Having confiscated a valuable package from a gang within the prison, the confiscation of the $50,000 package deemed him a target. Being shot over six times in his own home, Johnson made it his mission to stop the problem. After many surgeries and living in pain, he paired with Securus Technologies to spread the news of a proposed solution, which has recently been tested in several Florida facilities. The problem grew so far out of hand, an infant was killed because of violence attributed to a contraband device.
The solution that’s been proposed by Securus Technologies is a device called a Wireless Containment System, or WCS. The device looks and acts as a cell tower within the facility. It’s able to detect the signal coming from the device and block the call or message that’s attempted. A message to the user stating that the call is disconnected plays, rather than the call being connected. The new WCS technology is being tested in several Florida facilities with more planned for the future. Securus Technologies isn’t releasing the actual number of calls blocked, however, it’s believed to be in the billions. Johnson, who now works as a consultant for Securus, is so passionate about his seven-year journey; he’s now trying to get legislation passed that would require the devices in correctional facilities.
Securus Technologies is a Texas-based company that works with thousands of facilities nationwide. The technology they’re most famous for is their telephone service for inmates and other telecommunication products. Video visitation, voicemail and messaging are just a few of the services they offer. Their monitoring services are often praised by customers and facility employees. Making the facilities safer and running smoothly for everyone involved is Securus’ priority. The company’s existence spans a period of over 30 years and can reduce the price of calling and add new technology all the time. Through well-planned acquisitions and innovation, Securus Technologies’ stays ahead of the game and is on the path to a bright future.