I used to think that once a criminal or felon was behind bars I could feel safe knowing that whatever the crime they committed, they were put away for good. When I think of crime in prison, I think of gangs, drug rings…the usual things you see on today’s shows that involve prisons. With the rise in cyber crime, I never thought that digital crime would spill in to our prisons. However, I recently learned about Securus Technologies and the work they are doing to protect people both inside and outside of correctional facilities from the dangerous and often criminal acts that are able to be committed within prison walls through the use of contraband cell phones.
For obvious reasons, prisoners are not allowed to have cell phones, yet they can sometimes be brought in despite all measures. Securus Technologies specializes in providing the latest and most cutting edge technology that focuses on contraband cell phone use. Among the companies many offerings, it offers technology that can seek out and pinpoint an illegal cell phone, monitor phone calls on contraband phones and provide hard data that can often be used as trial evidence or to unearth the illicit reason a prisoner brought in a contraband cell phone in the first place. Securus has contracts to provide technology in over 2,000 correctional facilities.
The things that their current clients cited in a PR Newswire article that were beneficial was astounding. They said that they were able to intercept and put a stop to activity such as using cell phones to run drug rings and gangs, to monitor phone calls from inmates setting up witnesses to lie and then use that testimonial for the trial, and even to seek out and find corrupt employees that were providing inmates with contraband phones or other items.