Securus Technologies Helping Correctional Facilities Get Rid of Contraband Phones Using WCS Technology

The usage of contraband phones in prison facilities is rampant, and it is a problem that needs to be addressed at the earliest. Many different crimes are reported inside and outside of the prison due to the use of the contraband phones. While there are many security measures in place to ensure that the contraband phones do not make it through to the prison facilities, it mostly does. It is a problem that the law enforcement agencies are trying to solve for a long time, but haven’t been able to find a solution for. Securus Technologies, a correctional firm that has been around since 1986, and is the market leader in North America when it comes to correctional services, recently announced the launch of wireless containment solutions.

 

It is what would help the correctional facilities to monitor the communications made from inside the prison and ensure that no calls are made from the contraband phones. The rampant use of contraband phones inside the prison was highlighted all across the country recently when an inmate brandishing a knife posted a video of the same online from inside the prison. It was a highly volatile video that also raised questions about the security inside the prison and how easy it is for the inmates to get the contraband phones inside. When the prisoners get the contraband phones inside, it can be used for various illegal purposes. Robert Johnson, who used to work as a corrections officer for nearly 15 years was almost shot to death at his home due to a hit ordered from the correctional facility using a contraband phone.

 

Securus Technologies believes that the wireless containment solution is the answer to all the questions regarding the contraband phones’ elimination from the prison facilities. The company has spent nearly $40 million for the design and development of wireless containment solutions, and have the best pool of experts on board to ensure that the system is full-proof. The wireless containment solution was installed in the eight facilities that Securus Technologies service and the results were that over 1.7 million unauthorized communication was stopped in one year. It is a considerable achievement considering the technology is relatively new. The company said that it would do whatever it takes to continue to develop the WCS technology so that it continues to become more potent and efficient.

 

Stopping the use of contraband phones inside the prison would encourage a safer and secure environment inside and outside of the prison. The company believes that the use of contraband phones results in the death of many civilians and officers each year, which would be strictly limited due to the use of WCS technology. The FCC has also said that they would ease the process of acquiring and installing the WCS technology.

 

Using Securus Technologies to Eradicate Prison Contraband

Contraband in the prison is a danger for everyone that either works, lives, or visits the jail. In the wrong hands, an inmate can turn something as innocent as a pen into a deadly weapon, so my staff of corrections officers has to really be on our game each day. This means working tirelessly to get an edge on these inmates and to stop them from being able to get their hands on anything illegal.

 

Securus Technologies had recently contacted our prison about installing the latest in inmate phone monitoring systems, and my superiors gave the approval immediately. This company is headed by Rick Smith, and all of his 1,000 employees of the Dallas-based company are working each day towards the objective of making the world safer for everyone. This was the type of company and support we needed in our corner as we tried to eliminate contraband from getting into our prison. When you have your communication system in over 2,600 jails, you have to be doing something right.

 

We were instructed by our superiors to get trained on the LBS software and get familiar with how the monitoring system worked. One thing we were not prepared for was how soon we were going to get results and how much the inmates were actually getting away with each day right under our noses. The system is capable of doing the job of several officers, which means that we can spread out our resources and tackle the problem from a bunch of different angles. We were about to finally get control of the inmates in ways we had not imagined.

 

During the first week of monitoring the calls, we picked up inmate chatter concerning weapons being assembled and hidden along the fence in the yard. Our team collected those weapons before any incidents took place. We also heard conversations about inmates using crack in their cells, so after a thorough search, we discovered where and how these inmates got it by us. We even discovered visitors were slipping prescription drugs to inmates right in front of several security guards who were unable to even see anything taking place time after time.

 

While these incidents may seem small on the surface, when you add them up after course of just a week, you really get to see how much you are really controlling. It only takes one instance of an inmate getting a weapon and hurting an officer that really stops momentum. Each time we get more control over the inmates, they come to realize that they are either going to have to comply or give up, because we are only going to tighten that noose a little more each day.