Securus Technologies specializes in inmate and correctional facilities services. Their primary focus in on telecommunications and monitoring. Providing a beneficial service to keep everyone safe, they’re constantly seeking to develop technology to improve the inmates’ lives and safety. Wireless containment systems or WCS is a service that blocks calls and text messages from being sent from contraband devices. The technology has been tested, and to date, almost two million unauthorized calls have been intercepted.
If you’re wondering why this is a concern, there are a few incidents that support this measure. A former corrections officer, Robert Johnson, was shot multiple times due to a call being able to connect from the facility. A nine-month-old child was also killed as the result of a call being allowed. The monitoring of calls is a service that Securus Technologies provides, and it has been proven effective.
Looking like a miniature cell tower, this technology kills calls and texts as soon as they’re attempting to connect. This technology has been available for some time now, and Johnson is pushing to have it be a legal requirement by lobbying about the cause. Had the technology been in place, both incidents wouldn’t have occurred, providing the technology was functioning at its full capacity.
Securus has been monitoring inmate calls and chats for quite some time. Another benefit of using this company is that they monitor calls and even those under house arrest. These services alone have been used to investigate and prosecute crimes. Even correctional facility officers are monitored to thwart any potentially hazardous situations.
While Securus primarily focuses on telecommunications they’ve acquired numerous businesses along the way. In recent history, JPay has been added to the mix. This service, which primarily focuses on financial transactions has developed technology for the inmates. Offering them electronics, such as tablets, allow them to access educational and other materials such as books to enrich themselves.
While WCS may not solve every problem inside and outside of correctional facilities, the technology looks promising. As Robert Johnson continues his journey to make a difference, these monitoring systems may be soon required in many facilities by law. Hopefully, there won’t be any other lessons learned prior to getting the systems in place in more locations around the country and beyond.