Securus Technologies: New Ground Breaking Technology to Improve Facilities

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.

 

The Latest Inmate Facebook Live Video Could Have Been Prevented

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.