The Danger Of Phone Calls By Prison Inmates

The Lee Correctional Institute in South Carolina is not the type of place where you expect a whole lot of nation-wide change to start taking place. For Robert Johnson though, this is where it all kicked off. He had worked their as a correctional officer for around fifteen years when his whole life got turned upside down.

 

Among the tasks that Johnson was responsible for was to take away contraband material such as cell phones. Of course, inmates don’t like this too much, but they have little recourse when it comes to a situation like this. They had to turn over those phones. However, some inmates held a grudge against the officer for having taken their phones from them. They used those illegal phones to order a hit on Mr. Johnson.

 

It all happened one night when Johnson and his family were asleep. Someone broke into his house and shot Johnson several times before fleeing. It was a miracle that the ex-corrections officer survived the attack at all. The fact that he did gave him the unique opportunity to be a voice for getting all cell phones out of the prisons.

 

Securus Technologies, a company that specifically works on these particular kinds of security issues in prisons has taken the story of Robert Johnson to heart. They hear stories similar to his all the time, and they want to do something about it. Namely, they want to make it far harder for inmates to ever get their hands on a cell phone in the first place.

 

As recently as earlier this year, Securus went live with another corrections facility with some technology that they have to both block contraband cell phones from working within the prison walls, and to identify the phones that inmates are attempting to use in the first place. By doing both of these things, Securus has done a great job of cutting way back on the number of incidents in which this is even a problem at all. They have made it so much harder for people to get those phones in the first place.

 

More and more correctional facilities continue to contact Securus for their services. They figure if Securus can help out some other facilities with their contraband phone problem, then these facilities might as well line up as well to get their piece of the action. The company is more than happy to have the business. They know that the work that they do literally saves lives in a lot of cases. When you have a responsibility that big sitting squarely on your solders, you understand the importance of the work that you do. They never forget as they work tirelessly every day to make this a safer country.

 

Keeping Officers Safe with Securus Technologies

Over the last decade, my job working as a corrections officer in our state jail has become more challenging than ever. To combat the overcrowded conditions, me and my fellow officers have made use of a number of resources to keep us safe. One company, Securus Technologies, has been the key to helping maintain order even though officers are severely outnumbered moving forward. Their inmate telephone monitoring system is changing the way officers approach their jobs.

 

Before giving details how the monitoring system works, it is important to know who you are working with first. When we got to meet with Securus Technologies, we knew right from the start this company was going to be the key to keeping officers safer. The company is based in Dallas, Texas, has thousands of the systems already in jails all over this country, and the staff have a single objective of keeping the world safer for all.

 

To give you a better understanding as to why we needed the new Securus Technologies call system, you need to see how the numbers stack up. My team of officers has not grown in three years. The population of the inmates in this facility has tripled in that same time span. Then you take into account that officers need to man the old call monitoring system, and we are stretch too thin to maintain order.

 

Now with the new Securus Technologies monitoring system in place, officers are back on the ground, we are doing our best to maintain order, and the LBS software is scanning every second of every call for chatter on drugs, weapons, or contraband. Now we get the alert and my team jumps to action. Thanks to the reliability of the software, we have been able to drastically reduce violence in this jail.