Contraband Cell Phones Causes Threats In Incarceration Environments

All across the nation, many correctional facilities and prisons are seeing a widespread use of illegal cell phone activities and other issues. By having access to contraband cell phones an inmate can organize drug deals, make threats, and various other crimes including the one I’m about to discuss.


A correctional officer named Robert Johnson had worked in his position for fifteen years at the Lee Correctional Institution located in South Carolina. He oversees the incoming packages that enter the building and confiscates any package that is deemed as contraband at his particular correctional facility. One day, Robert had intercepted quite a large package and its contents were filled with approximately $50,000 worth of gang related contraband. Finding illegal items hidden in packages was the norm for Robert as well as for incarceration environments everywhere in the United States.


Thinking nothing of his recent contraband finding, Robert Johnson woke up one morning around 5:30 a.m. to get ready for work. He heard a loud bang of someone kicking down his front door. The man that had broken into his home was hired by an inmate that used a contraband cell phone and ordered him to kill Mr. Johnson. After a short struggle, the thug had shot him six times in the stomach and chest from roughly six feet away. Robert luckily survived his ordeal and now works for Securus Technologies as a consultant. Securus Technologies is the nation’s leader for provided technology solutions to thousands of civil and law enforcement agencies. The company is now providing facilities with their newest innovation, the Wireless Containment System.


Securus’s Wireless Containment System is basically a cell phone network that can detect calls made from inmates with their unauthorized cell phones and quickly block it. It works both ways for incoming and outgoing calls and only emergency 911 calls will be allowed. The system has a host of permitted phone numbers that were logged in, all calls that were unauthorized will be automatically dropped. The company revealed that more than 1.7 million calls from inmates located across the United States were successfully blocked. Robert Johnson continues his mission to put an end to contraband cell phones and awaken the U.S. government of its prevalent dangers, he strongly feels that Securus Technologies can do just that.


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