Securus Technologies has recently brought groundbreaking technology to correctional institutions. Known as Wireless Containment Systems, the new technology prevents calls from illegal wireless devices. The contraband devices are often brought into a facility via a package, visitor, and even employees. The problem has been at the top of the list for staff, who identify the contraband as a major threat to the safety and security of the facility. The problem has been so great; an infant had been killed, and a former corrections officer was shot six times in his own home.
Retired Corrections Officer Robert Johnson was the individual shot. He is reminded of the danger every day with the pain he has to live with for the rest of his life. His position required him to confiscate any illegal items in the facility. He was good at his job and managed to confiscate a package valued at $50,000. Since the package was associated with a prison gang, Johnson became a target. Using a contraband cell phone, a former inmate was able to find out Johnson’s home address. Fortunately, Officer Johnson was able to prevent his wife from any type of danger by keeping the shooter away from her. Ever since the incident, he’s made it his mission to end the usage of these devices in facilities. He currently works with Securus Technologies as a consultant. He hopes that the technology is mandated as required technology in all facilities.
WCS devices work by creating a cellular network within the facility they’re placed in. They allow a contraband device to still show the connection to their original network, indicating (to the user) that they have service. However, the devices prevent any calls from being placed while in the facility. The FCC had questioned the legality of the devices, however, Securus Technologies has been able to make them fully compliant. While the project is still in its early stages, the results thus far show a great success. To date, nearly two million attempted calls have been disconnected. The testing has been in Florida, and Securus Technologies plans to slowly introduce it across the country.
Securus Technologies has over 30 years’ experience working in corrections. Providing the facilities with the necessities to run efficiently; the company has often been praised by correctional facility staff for their services, especially with monitoring inmates. The company has also acquired two companies recently, which are speeding up the process of moving quickly on the project. GovPayNet and JPay are both highly successful industry leaders, specializing in financial services. JPay has also recently started selling tablet computers to inmates. The tablets come with educational software, which is a huge benefit when trying to sharpen their skills. With so many new happenings at Securus Technologies, their new developments will be highly anticipated.