Securus Technologies Thwarts 1.7 Illegal Inmate Communications in One-Year Time Period

The story of former Florida corrections officer Robert Johnson underscores how and why one of the most significant threats to the security of a correctional facility, and to the safety of the public at large, is the illegal introduction of cellphones into penal institutions. While employed as a correctional officer, Johnson came upon a box containing contraband intended to be illegally introduced into the institution. The box contained what is estimated to be about $50,000 worth of contraband. Due to the efforts of Johnson’s, its introduction in the facility at which he worked was prevented.

 

The discovery of the cache, and preventing its entry into the facility, is not the end of Johnson’s tale. The inmate who was behind the attempt to have the contraband brought into the facility was none to pleased with the work of Johnson. This inmate possessed a cellphone while in the prison.

 

Using the cellphone, the inmate was able to connect with one of his gang members outside of the facility. The inmate ordered a hit on Johnson.

 

During the early morning hours, the person ordered to make a hit on Johnson broke into the correctional officer’s home. He opened fire on Johnson, nearly killing him.

 

As a result of this horrific experience, Johnson has been on a crusade to crack down on cellphones in penal institutions. He has made this something of his life’s work.

 

Securus Technologies, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is deemed to be the industry leader in the development of technologies to prevent the introduction of cellphones into correctional facilities. In addition, the Securus Technologies wireless containment systems are designed to identify and eliminate cellphones that have made their way into correctional facilities.

 

During the past year, Securus Technologies conducted research designed to illustrate the prevalence of illicit cellphones among the inmate population in the United States. Securus Technologies discovered that during a one-year time period, the Securus Technologies wireless containment systems prevented 1.7 million illegal communication attempts. These illegal communications attempts detected and prevented by Securus Technologies occurred at only eight U.S. correctional facilities, keeping in mind that there are thousands of difference types of correctional institutions in the United States. This includes everything from jails to prisons, on both the state and federal levels.

 

At the present time, Securus Technologies provides different types of services, products, and solutions to over 3,000 correctional agencies in North America. It is the largest provider of these types of services in the United States and Canada. The company’s solutions are associated in some manner with over 1.7 million inmates in the United States alone. The primary focus of the company is on institutional security and public safety, developing its products, services, and solutions with these objectives in mind.

 

Organizations Advocating for Civil, Human and migrant Rights in America

As a result of several reasons including political instability, individuals leave their mother countries to settle in other nations. Most of them encounter mistreatment at these host countries. Learn more about Lacey and Larkin: http://james-larkin.com/press/ and http://james-larkin.com/

To protect them various human rights abuses, individuals and groups have come together to form organizations that protect and advocate for these rights. Below are some of the groups advocating for civil, human and migrant rights.

Migrant Rights International (MRI)

Migrant Rights International comprises of trade and migrant unions, international church representatives, inter-governmental agencies, national and local civil society and human rights organizations joining hands to advocate for migrant rights. It also promotes the voices of migrants at policy-making levels. MRI was established in 1994 as the International Migrant Rights Watch Committee before assuming its current name in 2000.

Among MRI’s achievements include development of numerous local organizations championing for migrant rights, advocating for the development of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, and making the Migrant’s rights protection a discernable matter in international fora.

American Friends Service Committee (AFCS)

AFCS is a Philadelphia based organization working towards the promotion of peace and social justice in United States and across the globe. It comprises of several American members of the Religious Society of Friends.

AFCS was established in 1917 following the eruption of World War 1 to help victims from the war.AFCS also supported the rights of African-Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans as well as the American Civil Rights Movement.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)

LIRS is a non-profit organization founded in 1939 to welcome and support migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and unaccompanied children arriving at the United States.Its headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland. It also works towards the advocacy of fair practices and policies related to detention and immigration.

LIRS maintains strong bonds with other national Lutheran denominations including Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church-America, Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod and Evangelical Lutheran Church-America.

Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund

Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund was co-founded by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey who are also the co-founders of the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. The two journalists were imprisoned after publishing an article that exposed the existence of a grand jury proceeding permitting the Sherriff to seek reporter’s notes.

Jim and Michael sued the nation for the unfair imprisonment and fortunately, they won the case. They were awarded $3.75 million settlement. They used this amount to establish the Frontera Fund. This organization fights for speech rights as well assupporting groups fighting for immigrant rights. Among the groups supported by Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund are Arizona Dream Act Coalition, and American Immigration Council.