Securus Technologies is a company dedicated to providing civil and criminal justice technology solutions for the safety of the public and other investigative purposes in correctional facilities across the U.S. The company has developed a Wireless Containment System (WCS), which is a tried and tested contraband interdiction technology proven to work in correctional facilities. Robert Johnson, an ex-prison officer and now a consultant with the firm, is a dedicated advocate of the firm’s WCS technology.
In 2010, Robert, an employee at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina, had the primary duty of confiscating contraband in the prison facilities. Robert, who had 15 years of experience at the time, did his job so well that it apparently led to him being shot. Before his shooting, they had intercepted a large package of contraband, valued at almost $50,000 by a prison gang. Two weeks after the interception of the contraband, Robert’s home was broken into during the early morning hours, and he was shot six times. It is a miracle how he survived. The hit was organized by inmates in prison using a contraband cell phone and $6,000 on a re-loadable Greendot card. The inmates contacted Echols, a former inmate who had been recently released from prison to be the hit man. After surviving the incident, Robert committed his life to ensuring no one else loses their life due to inmates having access to contraband cell phones. He prays he doesn’t get to hear about another story like his or that of Kendarius Edwards Jr, a nine-month-old child who was killed in her mother’s arms. The murder was orchestrated by three gang members in a cell facility using a contraband cell phone because they had a score to settle with the child’s uncle.
Recently, another Facebook Live Video filmed by an inmate using a contraband phone, in which he was brandishing a knife circulated the internet. This is unlikely for correctional facilities and states that are entrusted with the public safety and that of inmates. However, I think the incident could have been averted should the facility have Securus’ Wireless Containment Solutions (WCS) installed. The inmate’s cell would not have been able to connect to the commercial wireless network. In March, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which regulates the airwaves used by cell phone providers, accepted to make the process easier for prisons to access contraband interdiction technology such as Securus’ WCS. According to Richard Smith, CEO of Securus Technologies, the FCC has reduced the bureaucratic procedures and permitted wireless carriers to work with correctional facilities.
I think Securus’ Technologies WCS works well to control cell phone calls from inmates. The technology sets up a cell phone network that allows facilities to have control over incoming or outgoing calls from the facility. Only numbers that are known and verified are allowed to connect. If a call comes from an unknown number, it is unable to connect. Emergency calls such as 911 can easily connect to the facility. The WCS has already helped to block more than 1,7 million unauthorized communication attempts from prisons across the U.S.