A Facebook Live video that most of us came across some time last year would not have aired had Evans Correctional Institute installed Securus Technologies WCS system. This view is also shared by the company and several other prisons and jails that have used the system and vouch for its effectiveness in identifying and disconnecting any unknown cell phone calls coming from prisons. The FCC vote to ensure that prisons all over the country implement a system that curtails the inmates’ ability to communicate with outside parties via contraband cell phones is also a welcome gesture from the government.
In an NBC report from November 2017, a former corrections officer on whom a hit was ordered from inside the institution he worked by inmates is featured. Johnson, who had worked in the corrections system for over a decade and a half miraculously survived the hit after being shot six times. For the last seven years, he has committed his time working as a consultant for Securus Technologies to ensure nothing like what happened to him ever happens again to anyone working in the correctional system.
Unfortunately for us, his is not the only hit that has been ordered from behind bars.
A nine-month-old was killed in his mother’s arms after an inmate asked his gang members to kill him. Securus Technologies’ Wireless Containment Solution effectiveness as a jamming tool cannot be denied. It ensures that unidentified calls from a prison system are intercepted and that the inmates only use the authorized and supervised modes of communication with the outside world. Their technology is an actual cell phone network that allows for only known cellphones to complete their calls while others that are not identified are intercepted and disconnected. Most importantly, 911 calls are among the calls that the Securus system lets through in the case of emergencies in the prison.
According to a recent Securus report, they reported having intercepted more than 1.7 million contraband calls from the few correctional facilities that are already using their technology. Let’s go back to the Facebook video I talked about. It showed an inmate displaying a knife. This could have been a veiled threat to someone maybe in the prison or outside. Securus assures us, that had their WCS system been in place we would not have had the horror of watching that video. Securus has made significant investments in the creation and operation of this system. With the FCC vote, there will be increased demand for their system. Now, numerous opportunities to partner with wireless carriers and more prisons and jails will come their way. Theirs is a welcome technology that ensures that those arrested are actually not a source of harm to society.