Based in Dallas, Texas, Securus Technologies is considered the industry leader when it comes to a wide array of services and solutions used in law enforcement and correctional institution management. The services and solutions offered by the company are designed to enhance institutional security and public safety across North America. At the present time, Securus Technologies serves the needs of approximately 3,450 public safety, law enforcement, and corrections agencies located in North America.
Securus Technologies advises that one of the most significant threats to the security of correctional institutions involves the illegal introduction and use of mobile phones into the inmate population. Securus Technologies has developed highly effective wireless containment systems. These systems are designed to prevent the introduction of mobile phones into correctional facilities and to eliminate those mobile devices that have made their way into the inmate population.
The horrific tale of former correctional officer Robert Johnson illustrates the vital importance of keeping mobile phones out of correctional facilities. As a correctional officer in Florida, Johnson discovered a box of contraband at the institution where he was employed. The value of the contraband was estimated to be about $50,000. The efforts of Johnson as a correctional officer kept the illicit contraband out of the hands of inmates.
Unfortunately, the story involving Johnson and his efforts as a correctional officer did not end with the elimination of the contraband in question. The inmate responsible for the contraband had a mobile phone in his possession in the correctional facility. With the illegal mobile phone, this inmate was able to reach out to a fellow gang member in the outside world. The mobile phone allowed the inmate to arrange a hit on correctional officer Johnson.
Early one morning, Johnson faced an invasion of his home in which an armed cohort of the incarcerated inmate opened fire and nearly killed Johnson. Since the attempt on his life, Johnson has made it a personal mission to let people in the correctional industry, and the public-at-large, understand the crucial importance of keeping mobile devices out of the hands of inmates. His own situation could have been prevented through the use of a solution like the wireless containment systems from Securus Technologies.
Securus Technologies has conducted research designed to illustrate how widespread the use of illegal mobile devices is in correctional institutions in the United States. Securus Technologies advised that during one year time, Securus Technologies wireless containment systems prevented an amazing 1.7 million illegal communication attempts at U.S. correctional facilities. These illegal communication attempts on mobile devices occurred at eight correctional institutions in the United States. Keep in mind that there are thousands of correctional facilities in the countries from local jails to state correctional institutions to federal facilities.