Robert Johnson of Florida, experienced the night mare of every correctional officer: an attempt on his life. The attempt on Robert Johnson’s life was not made inside the prison while he was working; the attempt on his life was made at his own home. Johnson was shot six times but lived. Worst of all the entire situation could have prevented. The attempt on his life was arranged via cell phone by an inmate that Johnson was in charge of. Robert Johnson now works for a company that works around the clock to ensure that prisoners are not able to use cellphones.
8300 cell phones were taken from inmates in Florida during a year and a half period. These traditional approaches to preventing illegal cellphones from circulating between prison inmates is clearly not enough to prevent the inmates from conducting illegal activities. Johnson says the only way to prevent these types of calls is by using technology. Since Johnson’s incident, Florida has since installed such technology. The state of Florida has Securus Technology in three of its prison systems.
It was February of 2017 when Securus Technologies announced its newest technology to prevent calls like these from being made. Securus Technologies calls this its Wireless Containment Solution or WCS. Securus said their infrastructure prevents cellphones from with in the prison from reaching the cell phone towers necessary to complete the calls. The technology doesn’t stop there, it collects data from these attempted calls to help prison officers and law enforcement catch the inmates that are attempting to make these illegal calls.
Where so many other companies have failed in their attempts at preventing these types of calls, Securus Technology has succeeded. Some technology simply identify where in the prison the calls are being made, but do not prevent them. These types of companies are not doing the whole job, they are relying on correctional officers to confiscate the phones once they have been pinpointed; Securus’s Implementation essentially bricks any phone while it is inside the prison walls. Securus doesn’t take any chances, by the time a correctional officer has responded to other technologies the damage could already be done.
Of course people who are authorized to make calls with-in the prison can still do so. Securus has the technology to white-list certain devices and allow them to make calls through the system.
States that have implemented Securus Technology into their prison system should be applauded. They have created a much safer work environment for their employees and have truly shown that they care.