In 2010 a corrections officer by the name of Robert Johnson was working at the South Carolina’s Lee Correctional Institution. His main responsibility was to stop contrabands from getting into the hands of inmates. Two weeks after seizing a large package of contraband worth $50,000 he got shot.
The incident took place at his home at 5:30 in the morning when he was getting ready to go to work. The gunman kicked his front door in, and after a brief struggle, he was pushed back by the larger man. His last vision was of a gun barrel being pointed at him, and he woke up on the bathroom floor where he was shot six times. The wounds were inflicted on his stomach and chest.
At the hospital, his wife was advised to be prepared for the worst since his chances for survival was slim. He died two times on the operating table but was able to survive the ordeal. His survival was a miracle according to his doctor and he really was lucky to be alive at all. The man sent to kill him was Sean Echols, an ex-convict recently released from prison. Echols was arrested and sentenced for the attempt on Johnson’s life.
Johnson learned that inmates called Echols from a contraband cell phone and hired him to do the shooting because he was meddling with their contrabands. Echols was paid $6000 for the contracted service via a reloadable Greendot card.
In an FCC hearing done in March 2017, Johnson explained the dangers of having contraband cell phones within prison walls, and to minimize the risks FCC took steps to regulate the airwaves of cellphone providers.
The shooting incident gave Johnson physical pain every day and he had to go under the knife 23 times thereafter. While a lesser man might have just given up, Johnson forged ahead and has made it his mission to prevent inmates from having contraband cell phones in prison. Currently, he is employed as a consultant at Securus Technologies – a renowned communications solution entity.
As Securus grew it acquired facilities and products not related to communications enabling the company to offer various services and products not related to communications. In 2015 it offered communications services to inmates and has implemented The Wireless Containment System wherein it has the capability to stop outbound phone calls being made by inmates. This feature along with FCC’s efforts in airwave regulation reduces the ability of inmates to proliferate crimes on the outside while they are behind bars.