Prison inmates getting access to cell phones will pose immense endanger to the community. It is the belief and experience of a former corrections officer Robert Johnson who is a victim of dastardly attack executed by a mafia gang in collusion with jail inmates via cell phones.
That highlights the urgency of making inmate communications hazard free and secure to avoid plotting of murder and violence from jails. Johnson was a corrections officer at South Carolina’s Lee Correctional center for 15 years.
Johnson recently deposed before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and raised the danger of inmates getting contraband cell phones in prisons. He convinced FCC that the risk is high and it is threatening the personnel working in corrections. Clearly, he is articulating technology to disconnect cell phones from jail inmates.
Gangs Using Prisoners for Contract Killing
The correction officer’s job mandates seizure of contraband goods and narcotics. It earned him many enemies. One gangster made an attempt on his life using a hired goon who shot him multiple times in close range at his home. The bid on his life followed the seizure of a high-value package of contraband articles.
But Johnson survived the attack despite fatal gunshots on his chest. His recovery followed a series of surgeries. The man is still in pain, and he has vowed to keep cell phones off the prisoners and is sure he would accomplish that goal.
A newly released prisoner Sean Echols was the attacker. Echols was arrested and charged with attempt to murder Johnson.
Echols got the contract to kill Johnson from a mafia gang which paid him a contraband cell phone and a Greendot card of $6,000.
Blocking of airwaves will disband the communication of prisoners to the outside world. But it is the call of FCC, and it has the barrier of a federal law on signal-jamming. That is why Florida and other states are looking for alternative technologies to tackle the challenge.
Making Prisoner Communications Secure
Here comes Securus Technologies for which Johnson is a consultant. The company provides secure inmates communication technologies. It is already working in Florida providing paid calls for prisoners. The firm has launched a wireless containment option to control the phone use from a security perspective.
A spokesperson of Securus explains the process. When an inmate dialed a number the phone links it to a network and their personnel will do the rest to deal with the number. There is the antenna that draws signals with the discretion to allow or disallow phones to take incoming and outgoing calls emanating from prisons.
At the same time, Securus Technology outlined the evolution of future communications solutions that will ensure a comfortable inmate communications experience to the prisoners and their families.
It says the healthy incarceration experience will have the following highlights
- Low price
- User-friendly products
- Video calling features
- More smart devices
- Round the clock communication opportunities
In expanding communication opportunities, Securus will use multiple devices, but it will not compromise on security aspects and seek to balance the demands of corrections and law enforcement agencies for maximum safety to the society.
Richard A. Smith, CEO, Securus Technologies observed that communications have been changing drastically in the past decade. Those changes will naturally impact the incarceration experience in the years to come.