Securus Technologies is in the business of providing civil and criminal technological solutions to the U.S correction industry. Most of the technology developed by this institution goes towards monitoring the inmates, assisting in the management of the prisons, and keeping the public and inmates safe just to mention but a few. Of late, Securus has developed the Wireless Containment System that helps in detecting contraband phones. It also prevents inmates with contraband phones from making calls to the outside world. Over the years, we have had many incidents where inmates were able to order hits from inside their cells. Innocents die and properties destroyed as a result of contraband phones. One such incident happened to Robert Johnson, a former employee at Lee Correctional Institution. At the institution, his responsibility involved finding and confiscating contraband. Robert was so good at his job that inmates plotted his execution. Two weeks before the attempt on his life, he intercepted a package estimated to cost $50,000. On 5th March 2010, Robert woke as usual, and as he was about to go to work, an intruder stormed into the house. He would then call the intruder with the aim of diverting his attention from the bedroom where his wife lay. The next thing he remembers, he woke up in the hospital.
Johnson was shot six times in the stomach and chest. It was a miracle that he survived. The ex-convict contracted to kill Johnson said that he was contracted using a contraband phone. He was paid $ 6,000 using a re-loadable Greendot card. From then onwards, Robert Johnson dedicated his life to striping inmates off contraband. Currently, he works with Securus Technologies as a paid consultant. Securus is offering communication services to inmates in Florida. They employ the use of a Wireless Containment System to stop inmate cell phone calls. He explains that they put up a cell phone network in the facilities. The inmate’s cell phones connect to the network. As a result, they decide on the action to take whenever a call comes through the system. Only the authorized and recognized numbers like 911 are allowed to connect.
In 2017, a video of just about three and half minutes was posted on Facebook. The contents of the video was a 31-year-old inmate, Jose Ariel Rivera, brandishing a knife. The inmate is serving ten years at Evans Correctional Institution. He shot the footage using a contraband cellphone. According to his profile, it wasn’t his first time to have a cell phone. Incidents like those portrayed by the video are what the Wireless Containment System is designed to detect. Had the system been installed, the data transmission would have failed to connect through to the commercial network. On the other hand, it would have made it easier for the prison officials to track the device.