Inmate Phone Hazard: Securus Technologies Brings Innovative Solutions to Block Calls

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.



Securus Technologies bags Stevie Award for business excellence

Prison communications leader, Securus Technologies, will take home a 2017 Stevie Award for business excellence. This achievement marks the culmination of a process in which Securus beat out thousands of competitors, making it to the final three and guaranteeing them at least a Bronze Award. This continues a long upward ascension for the company that just 10 years ago was viewed by many critics as the embodiment of all that ails the state-private prison nexus.



Delivering value to customers on all fronts


The enormous popularity of Securus’ video visitation systems among inmates is impossible to overlook. Since its inception, the system has been a huge hit with the incarcerated as well as their family members. Saving inmates and their families thousands over the traditional alternatives, the VoIP-based video chat system has allowed tens of thousands of inmates across the country to stay in touch with their families in ways that were simply not possible in past eras.


However, Securus’ video visitation has proven equally popular with prison staff and administration. The dramatically increased calling volume, due to the historically low rates that VoIP telephony has allowed, has made prisons that have installed the systems a great deal more revenue. Since every prison is able to take a portion of all money spent on outgoing calls, in some cases, this has led to a boost of hundreds of thousands of dollars to institutional budgets. The technology alone has brought many prisons to a state of self-sufficiency, a prime goal of any warden.


But the system has also made prisons far safer. Reduced inmate movements due to visitations have lowered the number of no-contact order conflicts. And, overall, inmates who are able to stay in contact with friends and loved ones are happier. Happy inmates translate into fewer violent conflicts and rules violations.