Even though the security in the different prisons and correctional facilities is tight with security cameras and guards everywhere, contraband cell phones are still finding their way into the hands of the inmates. One might wonder why the inmates need cell phones inside the prison. There might be some viable reason such as to call their family members, but most of the time the cell phones are used to carry out illegal activities inside and outside the prison. The gang leaders who have cell phones are respected and feared more inside the prison since they have the power to control other inmates and sometimes guards as well. Since the prison landlines can be recorded and used against them, most of the inmates prefer to use the cell phones for any illegal activity that they might be planning. But, technological company Securus Technology has helped reduce the use of illegal cell phones inside the prison.
When one thinks of the various crimes committed by inmates while still locked down, the incident of Robert Johnson is the first that comes to the mind. Robert had served as a prison guard for Lee Correctional Institution for 15 years and was one of the top guards who helped confiscate the illegal material from the inmates that included drugs, cell phones, and other substances. One of the inmates was not happy with the deeds of the guard and uses an illegal cell phone to call his associate and get him killed. Even after being shot in the torso area six times, he lived to tell the tale. Today, he works as a freelancer sales person for Securus Technologies who help prison officials learn about the benefits of installing wireless containment system inside the premises.
Securus technologies have developed a technology using which the problem of contraband cell phones can be completely eradicated. The company starts by installing a cellular network inside the prison that would monitor all calls coming from inside the prison and to the prison. The system can identify any unauthorized call from cell phones and also help locate the cell phone from which the call was made. The prison officials can easily keep track of all the calls made from the prison and to the prison curbing all illegal calls. The company has recently started to install the systems in few prisons, and the results have been overwhelming. The company is getting queries from many other correctional facilities and hope to spread to most of the prisons in the country. With so many benefits offered by the new system, there is no doubt why prisons should not install it in their facility. It allows the guards to work in a better-controlled environment and prevent them from being victims like Robert Johnson.