Securus Technologies is a Dallas-based company that is the leading provider of security technology for correctional facilities in North America. This is a company that works in corrections monitoring, investigation, inmate cell service, communication, biometric analysis, and incident management. Securus Technologies is a company that works with corrections agencies all around the United States, and they are truly dedicated to the advancement of security technology. Earlier this year, a shocking video came out of an inmate who used his cell phone to record himself brandishing a weapon. This inmate’s name is José Rivera. Rivera is serving a 10 year sentence for burglary at the Evans correctional institution. This was not the first time that Rivera was caught with a cell phone while incarcerated, and the correctional facility staff is baffled as to how prisoners continuously are able to receive and use contraband cell phones.
A Contraband Problem Can Be Dangerous
Cell phones in prisons can have catastrophic effects. There have been cases of criminals completely orchestrating vicious and violent crimes by using their cell phones in a prison. In some cases, criminals have been able to wreak havoc in correctional facilities; in other cases, criminals have been able to create riots at jails and injure staff members at correctional facilities. This is all due to a plan that they schemed up over a cell phone. Since it is evident that contraband cell phones can harm innocent people, it is imperative for correctional facilities to have the correct technology that can monitor inmates at all times and prevent these events from happening again.
How Securus Technologies Can Help
Recently, the FCC emitted an order to accelerate the process for prisons to get quick access to contraband preventing technology. This is the type of technology that is offered by Securus Technologies. Since this process has been made more efficient, the amount of paperwork needed to attain this technology has been drastically reduced. In light of these new developments, more correctional facilities have easy access to this remarkable technology. Securus Technologies was able to release information about the progress of their Wireless Containment Solution System. Securus was able to give proof that between 2016 and 2017, their Wireless Containment Solution system was able to prevent and detect more than 1.7 million illegal communication attempts. These were all attempts that could have been dangerous to society. It is obvious from the previous information that a Wireless Containment Solution is imperative for efficient correctional facilities. This is amazing technology can help them to keep themselves and the public safe.
Looking back only a few years ago, our prison easily ranked as the most dangerous in all of California. Considering how many jails there are in this state, that is saying something. The blending of younger gang members with overcrowded conditions made our facility ripe for violence, and it reached a point we didn’t think we had a chance of turning things around. Luckily, we discovered that Securus Technologies has already helped thousands of other jails to deal with the same issues, so we were eager at the time to see if they could help us.
Securus Technologies has a large headquarters in Texas, and all thousand employees have one single mission, making the world safe. The CEO of Securus Technologies, Rick Smith, explained how the LBS software of his call monitoring system can do the work of several officers, allowing our jail to utilize those officers in other areas. That alone has given us the ability to be in more places at once than we were in the past.
Now when we show up for work, the LBS software is already on the job listening to the inmates and alerting officers if anything needs to be addressed before it has the chance to become a dangerous situation. Here are a few examples of how the call monitoring system has allowed us to regain order in this facility.
There was a call by an inmate asking his best friend to slip him prescription drugs during their visiting day. One inmate told his mother the gangs were forcing him to sell drugs to other inmates. We even discovered a situation where an inmate was talking about putting a weapon in the yard to use in a fight with a rival gang member. Now we are able to get control before this situations are even able to take place.
More than 80% of the telecommunications market in our criminal justice system is taken up by a company called Global Tel Link. This company has been in the news for their horrific treatment prisoners. This company uses a legal bribing system to get government contracts that give them incredible power. With not competition for telecommunication services, they are free to charge whatever they want. They charge a rate so high that many families cannot afford to stay in touch with their incarcerated members.
The second-largest telecommunications provider in our criminal justice system is Securus Technologies. Instead of being beholden to shareholders, Securus reinvests more than $600 million in profits into innovations and technologies. These innovations make prisoner lives better while helping law enforcement to do their jobs more effectively.
One of the best innovations from Securus is a reliable video chat service that connects prisoners with their families. The service is easy to use and works directly through the Securus website. This allows families to take their prisoner anywhere. They can take them to a family birthday, a holiday celebration or even a concert.
Securus has recently purchased a company called JPay. This company makes it easy for inmates to pay their phone bills so they can keep making video chats and calls. It also makes it easy for families to keep the account full of cash.
But the best innovation allows prison guards to listen to all the phone calls made by inmates. A software can scan all the recorded phone calls to find one individual’s voice. It can also scans the recorded phone calls for certain phrases. It flags those calls for review. Law enforcement can use these recordings to get arrests, convictions and search warrants. It’s a great tool that keeps prison guards, law enforcement officers and prisoners safer.
Try to put yourself into the shoes of a prisoner. You do not need to know the crime that you committed, you just need to know that you have been sentenced to prison. Many prisoners are sent away from their families to serve time. This distance can make a visitation virtually impossible.
Now imagine that the prison you are serving time in has contracted a company called Global Tel-Link to provide telephone services. It turns out that this company is incredibly corrupt. They charge your family a couple of hundred bucks per week just to make phone calls. Your phone call time starts to diminish as your family realizes how expensive it is.
Then imagine that you have been transferred. You are no closer to your family but this new prison facility is now serviced by Securus Technologies. This company allows you to make video chat calls to your family. Each video chat only costs about three bucks and the system is incredibly easy to use.
Your family decides to bring you everywhere. They start a video chat on a tablet and tore you around the new house. They video visit with you during your child’s birthday party. And they even introduce you to the new family dog using this technology.
You could probably feel it during this thought experiment. When a prisoner is not allowed to communicate with the outside world, they are much more likely to commit crimes when released. They feel disenfranchised. However, when a prisoner is allowed to communicate freely with the outside world, they are much less likely to re-offend.
Securus should be providing telecommunications services to every prism in this country. It is the humane thing to do and it reduces crime.