I came across an interesting article the other day regarding the security in correctional facilities. When I think about security, I typically think about bars and alarms and thinks of that nature. However, I was surprised to find that cell phones can cause all types of hazards if put into the wrong hands.
Securus Technologies is North America’s largest provider of cell phone security for our correctional institutions. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas where they employ over 1,000 people. Securus is believed to have private contracts with over 2,600 correctional institutions in North America. It is a very interesting company that offers a breadth of solutions, mostly relating to the prevention and detection of crimes relating to cell phone use. Cell phones are typically contraband in correctional institutions, just the same as things like drugs and alcohol. Securus works to seek out and prevent potential crimes related to cell phone use.
The article I read highlighted some quotes from real Securus customers. The quotes shared real life experiences of how the technology worked to detect and prevent crimes. I will share a few that I found most interesting.
First, Securus’ cell phone monitoring software was able to record several calls being made by a corrupt staff member. On the calls it was found out that he was giving contraband items to the inmates. The recorded calls were enough evidence to gain an arrest warrant for the corrupt staff member and end the bringing in of contraband.
A Sheriff’s office cited Securus technology for helping his team recover over a million dollars of stolen items. This included drugs, firearms and other stolen assets.
The article stated that thousands of correctional institutes and law enforcement teams wrote in testimonials. While prison technology is something I rarely (or never) think about, it was interesting to see how it had affected these people.