Securus Technologies Combates Illegal Inmate Communication with Its Wireless Containment Systems

Preventing the introduction of illicit mobile devices into inmate populations has become a major task of correctional agencies from coast to coast in the United States. Securus Technologies is the industry leader when it comes to the development and implementation of technologies that are designed to secure correctional facilities and to enhance community safety.


Securus Technologies has developed what the company calls its Wireless Containment Systems. This technology is designed to prevent the introduction of illegal cell phones into a correctional facility in the first place as well as identify their presence when they do end up within the inmate population.


Over a one year period, Securus Technologies monitored the incidence of illegal wireless communication use at eight correctional facilities in which its technology had been introduced. During that one year time period, and at only eight correctional institutions, Securus Technologies intercepted and prevented 1.7 million illegal inmate communications.


Keep in mind that there are thousands of correctional facilities of all types in operation in the United States. This includes federal and state prisons as well as city and county jails. Based on this experience at eight facilities, the problem of illegal inmate communications utilizing illicit cell phones smuggled into institutions is both ubiquitous and astronomical.


The efforts of correctional officer Robert Johnson of Florida to stop the flow of illegal contraband into a correctional facility illustrates how dangerous the presence of illegal cell phones among inmates is in this day and age. Johnson was at work when he discovered a box containing contraband an inmate or group of inmates wanted to try and get inside the institution.


After intercepting the contraband, the inmate who had orchestrated the attempt to get the illicit items into the facility became aware that correctional officer Johnson was the man who stopped the scheme. The inmate dedicated himself to obtaining revenge. The inmate had in his possession an illegal cell phone.


With no real effort at all, the inmate was able to contact one of his criminal associates outside of the correctional facility. Through a phone call, the inmate was able to arrange a hit on correctional officer Johnson.


As Johnson was getting ready for work, the inmate’s accomplice broke into the correctional officers home. The criminal opened fire on Johnson, gunning the man down. Johnson barely survived the shooting.


In the aftermath of the attempt on his life, Johnson has taken to the road to tell people of the dangers of mobile devices illegally brought into correctional facilities and into the hands of incarcerated offenders. As is the case with Securus Technologies, Johnson is encouraging correctional agencies to take this risk very seriously. By stopping illegal inmate communications, institutional security and public safety are enhance.


When Securus Technologies Made Our Jail Safer

Over the last few years of working as a corrections officer in Arizona, the state prison I am stationed has really seen an explosion in the inmate population. While the cells used to house a few inmates, now is stuffed with a half-dozen dangerous criminals. Tensions get heated more frequently and many times that spills over to other areas of the facility. Now other inmates, staff, guests, and officers are all in grave danger any time they are inside our facility.


To try and limit the violence, my team of officers are working hard at keeping drugs and weapons out of this facility. Each morning we will do cell inspections while the inmates are at breakfast. We then scan every guest that comes to the jail to see an inmate to make sure nothing in their possession could be given to the inmates to be used to cause harm. Before we will allow the inmates back to the cells after meeting with family and friends, they are scanned again so nothing they shouldn’t be in possession of makes it back to the cells.


It seems like only a few years ago that my team of corrections officers would have to be stationed inside the call center so we could listen to the inmates talking to their families and friends on the jail phones. Not only could these officers have been utilized elsewhere, this was not an exact science. That all was about to change the day Securus Technologies installed our modernized monitoring system.


Securus Technologies reinvented how officers can monitor calls, making use of the LBS software to do the work while officers get back to maintaining order in the prison. Securus Technologies has been instrumental in helping reduce violent episodes in our prison and allowing my team to make this facility safer.