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.