Facebook is a wonderful social network with any number of wonderful features. One of the features that a lot of people like is the feature that allows them to stream videos live onto the website. There are plenty of practical uses for this, but people often tend to prefer to use it to send out funny videos of themselves for friends and family. However, the Facebook live feature can have dangerous consequences when someone who should not be using it gets their hands on it. In this case, the people who should not be using it are inmates.
There was a three and a half minute video released from Evans Correctional Institute. The video featured a man who is serving a ten year sentence. In the video he is showing off a knife that he also has somehow managed to get into the prison. Obviously, there are a lot of people who are understandably upset by the video. They feel a real sense of danger from what they saw in that movie. It makes sense, the person who was showing off the knife is someone who society has deemed to be dangerous enough that he needed to be locked up.
After seeing this disturbing video, representatives from Securus Technologies said that they could have prevented the whole thing from happening in the first place. These are the exact kind of things that Securus is designed to detect and prevent from happening in the first place. They could have seen that something was going out that should not have been and put an end to it much sooner than what really happened.
Sadly, regulations have been lessened up in many areas of the country when it comes to the use of technology in prisons. Perhaps people feel that the inmates deserve to have some of the same access to technology that all of the rest of us possess. However, these changes may be making it easier for inmates to actually call out to those who might want to do harm for them. It is entirely possible for them to get the kind of damage that they want to have done.
However, Securus has pulled out 1.7 million illegal phone calls from inside U.S. prisons just between July 2016 and July 2017. They have made incredible strides in the realm of keeping communications in prisons a lot safer and more monitored. We all owe them a lot of gratitude for what they do. They say that they could have prevented this Facebook Live video from ever going out in the first place, and there is every reason to believe that this is the case. They have stopped so many other things from happening in prisons in the first place, so they probably could have prevented this one too.