Securus Technologies has introduced a new device that would enable the correctional facilities under their watch to deter and detect drones which are flying near the facility. It has come to the attention of several jail officers that drones are being used by the prisoners to deliver contrabands, and they would never allow it to spark any threats or violence inside the prison. The jail officers contacted Securus Technologies and told them about their discovery. Being their security provider, the management back at the headquarters of Securus Technologies came up with a plan of creating a device that would work like the wireless containment system which they introduced before, which would detect drones and deactivate them. The jail officers believe that not paying attention to these drones would have a deadly consequence, so they have to do something before the problem escalates.
Based on the reports that the jail officers have compiled, the drones are being flown back and forth the prison to deliver illegal contrabands, including drugs, cell phones, and weapons. The jail officers are interrogating those who are caught collecting these contrabands, and all of the contrabands are seized from the prisoners. After receiving the report from the jail officers, Securus Technologies had to do a research study for more than 18 months to develop a product that would counter these threats. They also had to reach out to other tech companies to create a drone detector that would keep the flying machines out of the areas where correctional facilities are built.
The technology that enables a location to detect and deter drones is new to the market. According to Securus Technologies, they are one of the first companies to develop such device, and they are expecting for the technology to develop further. It is an emerging technology, and more experiments will be conducted to discover its other potentials. Securus Technologies is proud to announce that they also had to work with experts in the field, asking them for their insights on how to combat these technological threats. After the initial prototypes are released, Securus Technologies would still work on more research to perfect the device. They knew that there are still things that had to be addressed to counter the rise of contraband inside the prison cells fully, and the jail officers are hoping for some of the inmates to work with them to resolve these cases.
The continued service of Securus Technologies to their customers and clients has always been recognized by award giving bodies, including their recent recognition at the Stevie Awards. Securus Technologies stated that aside from their drone detector, they will continue to work for the benefit of the jail officers, the public, and the inmates for a more secure society.
I can say that technological advancements have made incarceration services easy, and the prison officials are able to execute many of their tasks efficiently than before. However, it has also created some new challenges to them which were never experienced earlier. The inmates started using the technology advancements for their hidden operations, and it adds vulnerability to the prison security and safety. Among the technology options, the advancements in the telecommunications industry are creating the biggest threat to the prison environment. I must say clearly that contraband phones are posing threats to officials as well as their family members.
The most quotable example in this regard is Robert Johnson – a former prison official from South Carolina. He was responsible for confiscating the phones of inmates at Lee Correctional Institution but experienced a fatal gun attack over a contraband package for a gang member. The incident happened in 2010, and within two weeks of seizing the phones, Johnson was attacked at his home by the friends of the gang member. The investigation showed the loopholes in prison security and access of inmates to contraband phones which they use to contact their gang members outside to attack prison officials who are trying to implement prison rules.
As far as I know, it was not the first or last of the attack towards the prison officials. However, Johnson was determined to fight against it and spoke against the uncontrolled use of contraband phones by inmates wherever he could. He started collaborating with Securus Technologies, the leading player in the prison technology environment, as a paid consultant and helped it to develop a novel Wireless Containment System. In March 2017, Johnson explained the dangers of not controlling contraband phones in prisons to FCC – the regulator – and added how technologies like Wireless Containment System is helping efficient control of such phone calls.
Per the official information, WCS is a smart technology that deploys a network-like environment over prisons and blocks all contact attempts to and from unknown as well as suspicious numbers. The initial deployment of WCS in just eight prisons in 2016 produced excellent results. It could trace and block nearly 1.7 million unauthorized call attempts during the period of 12 months from July 2016 and proved that it is a highly effective system to control contraband. Especially in the wake of Johnson’s meeting with FCC, the regulator decided to streamline the steps of adopting contraband controlling technology for prisons.
It would enable the service providers to reduce the paperwork with wireless carriers as well as prison facilities. Even Johnson applauded the decision of the regulator and said that with the lightened regulations, citizens would start asking the elected members to take steps for keeping contraband and other communication devices away from the hands of inmates.
One of the most frustrating parts about being on a fugitive task force is going to bed at night knowing that there is work to be done. The fact that these dangerous felons are on the loose and could potentially hurt innocent people makes it hard for me to sleep. When I have a fugitive in my sights, I do not like to rest until they are back in prison where they belong. If they were to commit another crime or hurt another person, I take that personally like I failed at my job, and it only ignites an already burning fire in me.
Our team was hunting a fugitive who was armed and extremely dangerous, and he was not only in hiding, he was still committing crimes in our city. He would not only leave his calling card behind, he would taunt the police into getting in a gun fight with him. The frustration was setting in because we knew he had help, we just could not get close to finding him. It was around this time a friend on the staff at the local prison asked me to come by to check out their latest weapon against prison violence. When Securus Technologies installed a new inmate call system, no one realize it would be so vital in catching dangerous fugitives.
Securus Technologies is the standard when it comes to inmate telephone monitoring systems, and this Dallas-based company and all 1,000 employees all believe that they can make the world a safer place for everyone. CEO Richard Smith says that his company is already in 2,600 prisons and more next year. I was trained to use the LBS software to see why all the buzz, and then it hit me. The call monitoring system does the work of a half-dozen officers, and allows us to hear specific chatter on crimes. All we had to do was feed the system information we were looking for and sit back and let the inmates do the talking.
Within days we heard inmates talking about our suspect with family, and uncovered a tip that he was staying with distant relatives in a neighboring city. We had no idea he was staying outside the city, then coming back just to commit crimes, so this was a huge break in the case. It allowed us to set up a trap at the residence and let the suspect walk right into it. We were able to find him days later as he was out looking for his next target, and upon arrival back to the house, we exploded on the scene with so much force he literally fell to the ground in shock that this was all for him.