Securus Technology has been hitting the news waves this year for all the right reasons. The company worked with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections in September to ensure all inmates had one call every day to check up on family members after the floods that happened in the Louisiana area. From September 1 to September 7 the company connected over 250,000 free calls. Richard Smith, CEO of Securus Technologies said that the total value of the free calls was around $300,000. In addition, they made a $50,000 contribution to the Louisiana Department of Corrections inmate welfare fund.
Securus Technology, which has its headquarters in Dallas, Texas, provides its services to over 3450 law enforcement agencies in America having served more than 1.2 million inmates. It does this through communication, public safety, monitoring of products and services, and incident management among others. All these are aimed at ensuring the safety of the North American public.
According to Robert Johnson, a former corrections officer at South Carolina’s Lee Correctional Institution, the use of cell phones by inmates poses a serious threat to the public, and he would know having been a victim himself. Robert Johnson is now working with Securus Technologies after a close brush with death at his home. He was shot six times in both his stomach and chest and still suffers a lot of pain as a result of the shooting. Johnson’s story is like something straight out of the movies. His front door was kicked in by a large man who then proceeded to attack him on the morning of March 5, 2010. He does not remember being shot, but he later woke up in his bathroom floor. Miraculously, he did not die and now works tirelessly as a consultant with Securus to stop inmates from causing harm to the public. It was his role as a corrections officer who was very good at confiscating prison contraband that almost cost him his life, but he refuses to back down from the fight. The people who tried to kill him had communicated with his killer through a contraband phone.
Securus Technologies has a contract with the Florida state government to give paid calls to inmates. However, they have intercepted this system with a new technology called a Wireless Containment System, which allows them to detect calls coming from and going to inmates’ cell phones and disconnecting them before they even go through. This genius technology has so far blocked 1.7 million inmate calls. Hopefully, many more calls will be blocked in the future giving the public safer days and nights.