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.