One of the most serious threats to the face the nation’s prisons today is that posed by contraband cellular devices. Although these devices may seem harmless to outsiders, illegal cell phones are one of the greatest risks to institutional safety that there is. This is because gangs use these devices to illegally communicate with the outside world, potentially imperiling witnesses in criminal cases, judges and officers on the outside and ordinary civilians alike.
In fact, illegal cell phones have been proven to be the means by which serious crimes have been committed. Gang leaders or shot callers on the inside of prisons often use illegal communications devices to circumvent the controls in place to prevent crimes from being talked about or carried on over prison communication systems. The crimes that have been committed using illegal cellular devices are as bad as any that have landed the criminals in jail in the first place. Crimes up to and including massive drug deals and even assassinations of witnesses have been carried out directly through the use of illegal cellular devices.
But these devices also pose a threat to the safety of inmates within the prison. Although it is possible for inmates to communicate with one another, even in high-security areas of the nation’s prisons, the means that inmates have of communicating with each other are typically quite burdensome. This slows down the ability of inmates to carry out criminal enterprises within the prison themselves, giving guards ample opportunity to intercept and stop any serious criminal plots or situations that may endanger the safety of the institution.
But with cell phones, inmates are suddenly able to communicate effectively and instantaneously. For this reason, Securus Technologies, the nation’s leading inmate communications provider, has deployed a technology it calls Stingray. This technology is interdicting cell phones and making it impossible for criminals to use them or introduce them into facilities where they are banned.
Securus Technologies is an international communications and IT company that mainly operates in the United States and Canada. It is based in Texas and for the last few years, it has been dedicating its services to correctional and holding facilities. It particularly affords inmates the opportunity to communicate with their loved ones affordably. While it does so, it also affords prison officials the peace of mind of knowing that such correspondences are done entirely within the confines of law. The company has many branches with offices in the United States and Canada where the bulk of its services are bought. To cover the activities its clients require of it to conduct, the company has employed over 2,200 employees.
Securus prevents unlawful and prohibited communication between inmates with other inmates within the same prisons or in other prisons. It uses state of the art technologies to accomplish that. The company engages in the scientific advancement communication technologies within the prisons. With innovative endeavors backed and fostered through various strategies, secures is always able to stop crime at its point of inception. At what cost does Securus manage to keep its services efficient and reliable?
The company heavily invests in patents and intellectual acquisitions. In the recent past, according to tax reports, it spent over 600 million dollars on patenting alone. It also partners with other innovative IT firms to create such cutting edge technologies. For example, it recently partnered with the Harris Corporation to create the phenomenal ‘’cell defender’’ which bars any contraband phones within prisons from connecting with mobile networks. The ‘’cell defender’’ jams network receivers for any device that is not registered to operate within a radius that covers the institutions that employ it. In fact, according to PR Newswire, Securus Technologies develops such technologies every passing week so as to stay ahead of the much tecno-advanced crime world.
Reviews by stakeholders including prison officials, inmates and families of both prison officials and inmates all confirm that Securus has been successful in curtailing the illegal communications that had once brought insecurity and suffering into correctional and holding facilities.
Any time an inmate can get their hands on drugs in jail, me and my fellow corrections officers lives are in serious jeopardy. These inmates are more powerful when under the influence, putting me, my officers, visitors, and all inmates in harm’s way. This year we were told Securus Technologies was updating our inmate call monitoring system, little did we realize at the time this was going to become one of the biggest resources we could use to keep drugs from getting into our prison.
Once the new system was up and running, we got hits that first week pertaining to drugs in the jail. Things were about to change thanks to the team at Securus Technologies, and my team was getting trained on their LBS software while the installation took place. Securus Technologies phone systems are installed in over 2,500 prisons around the country, and CEO Richard Smith says his team are all focused on achieving one objective, making the world a safer place for all of us.
There were calls alerting us to inmates who were meeting up with specific visitors who had drugs. We caught those visitors in the parking lot before they could get in the jail. We learned about how inmates were hiding the drugs in their cells, and dispatched a team to quickly recover the contraband and punish the inmates. Our intelligence even picked up on chatter from one inmate who was talking about selling prescription drugs in the yard to rival gangs.
It didn’t take long for my team to start putting a huge dent in the flow of drugs into our prison. Now that we have what equates to a whole team of officers listening to the calls the inmates are making, we can tighten up any loose ends elsewhere in the jail that were trouble in the past.