When I first got my start as a corrections officer, things were certainly different back then. I remember their being perhaps two inmates per cell, and many times the yard was so empty that my team actually outnumbers those inmates. Today it is a completely different story, as inmates are packed in those same cells like sardines, and at any time during the day there could be several thousand inmates in the yard compared to a few dozen officers. This means that we have to take precautions to not only ensure we are safe, but so are staff, other inmates, and guests to our prison.
When our staff was introduced to the team at Securus Technologies, we knew we needed to take advantage of their amazing technology. Up until this year, if we wanted to listen to the inmates on the jail phones, we had to station officers in a call center instead of utilizing their services down on the grounds. The LBS software will now scan every second of the calls that the inmates make, so we have our full complement of officers back on the front lines. Securus Technologies already has this same call monitor in 2,559 jails around the country, and those facilities have been able to take back control instead of the inmates being able to run the asylum.
Incidents of violence in our jail have taken a serious down turn in the last year, all thanks to the monitoring system picking up issues before they have a chance to transpire. If an inmate has plans to attack a rival gang member from order on the street during a call, we take actions. When inmates are discussing how their family can sneak drugs into our jail at visiting time, we can confiscate the contraband before it gets in the hands of the inmates.
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.
I held a position at a certain correction facility for some time. I can say that it was not the best job I wanted to have, but I found it good to earn extra income. I cannot complain because the working there enabled me to support my entire family. What I want to complain is to disagree with the inaccurate data presented by Global Tel-Link. The company went ahead and made a press release against Securus. Securus has clearly defended itself from any such allegations and proven GTL as wrong.
Both companies offer services to people in the correctional facilities. GTL is a large inmate communication company, it has provided inmates with telephones so that they can communicate with their friends and family. GTL has Securus as their biggest competitor. In a bid to win the fight against Securus, GTL has been posting inaccurate information about Securus and several other companies. I find the nature of activities undertaken by GTL to be a form of child play.
The company itself has a poor history of issuing factually correct press releases. They have in the past released negative and negative information on basic facts. It was there not a big surprise to me when GTL got wrong information about Securus and went ahead to print wrong information.
In many cases, prison systems have paperwork systems that are inadequately utilized. Some prisons have antiquated ways of dealing with the different types of paperwork and communication channels that must be used by prison staff every day. This is an ongoing problem in the criminal justice system: finding costs are appropriate ways to maintain vital communication between inmate and captor.
They have been spearheading different forms of communication to help bridge the gap between present custodians and the general prison populace. With the introduction of their new system that emphasizes inmate communication and grievances, the company is hoping for those who have facilities large and small keep records with those inside and outside of the jail in a more expedient manner.
Securus Technologies in its latest technologies helps jail houses, correctional facilities, and prisons maintain adequate record-keeping and communications between the incarcerated and the prison staff. Without the innovations of Securus, there would be far more snafus and problems in the prisoner/facility dynamic.
Reducing time, headaches and applications is the mission goal of Securus Technologies. As they continued to increase and expand their products and services throughout America’s prison systems, more and more present and correctional facilities will discover the innovation and simplicity that their systems offer.