The U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq may have been disastrous from many different perspectives. But there was one positive thing that came from them. Over the course of the conflicts, the increasingly urban nature of the battlefield meant that, even in the furthest reaches of the Middle East, cellular communications were prevalent as a means for the enemy to organize itself and direct its forces.
In response to this, the U.S. military developed a system that it called Stingray. The high-tech device was able to intercept all local cellular communications by tricking the devices in the area into thinking that it was a cellphone tower. This meant that all signals would be routed through the Stingray device, allowing the operator to either listen in to the calls or completely block them from making their way onto the cellular network.
It turned out that the American prison system was facing many of the same threats posed by cellphones that U.S. forces in the Middle East faced. Prison gangs were using these devices to direct members to carry out hits on rival gang members, complete major drug sales and even kill and intimidate witnesses in upcoming trials. Additionally, cellphones quickly became hot commodities within the nation’s many jails and prisons. A single cellphone could fetch as much as $300. It could then be resold for an even higher amount of money or it could be rented out, recouping the entire purchase price in as little as a couple of weeks.
The havoc that these contraband cellular phones and other devices wreaked can hardly be overstated. By the mid-2010s, contraband cellphones and other cellular devices had become epidemic within the U.S. prison system. They were posing an existential threat to the safety and integrity of the nation’s penal system. Something had to be done.
It was then that Securus Technologies, one of the largest providers of inmate communication and prison security services in the country, came up with an ingenious solution. Securus was able to devise a version of the Stingray system that had proven so useful on the battlefields of the Mideast in order to intercept all contraband cellular calls being placed from within the nation’s prisons.
The system was first deployed on a trial basis in 2016. It didn’t take long for prison administrators to realize that they had a winner on their hands. Institutions where the device was deployed saw a near total elimination of illegal cellphone calls. So effective was the device that the FCC actually banned it from operating in urban prison settings, fearing that the WCS would interfere with legitimate cellphones nearby.
Today, the Wireless Containment System has nearly full FCC approval. It is estimated to be deployed at nearly half of the nation’s carceral facilities by the end of this year.
Securus Technologies is a company that’s been making great advances, lately. Being a leader in correctional facility management, the company has been around for well over 30 years. Securus is best known for providing phone service at a reasonable price; a blessing for inmates and their families. Other services they provide are video visitation, voicemail, messaging, commissary, and financial services. To stay at the top, the company has acquired numerous other businesses throughout the years. Among the most recent acquisitions are JPay and GovPayNet. These companies specialize in financial services, such as funding inmate accounts, wire transfers and payment processing for government entities.
JPay is in the process of introducing new technology that’s making these institutions safer. Wireless containment systems are being tested on a small scale at this time. Florida is a pilot state for these systems. WCS makes it impossible to make calls and send messages from contraband wireless devices. These devices are brought into the facilities by visiting friends and family, and even drones. These miniature cell towers intervene by dropping calls and messages being sent. It’s estimated that the number of calls that have been intercepted is in the billions. Given the magnitude of the problem, many consider this effort to be a top priority in the business.
One may wonder why this technology is so important. Robert Johnson, a retired corrections officer, is passionate about the project. He was shot over six times by a former inmate seeking retaliation for an intercepted package valued at $50,000. An infant lost its life due to the same issue. With the problem so out of control, Johnson is even lobbying to have legislation passed to make it mandatory equipment in all facilities.
Securus Technologies takes its customer’s satisfaction seriously. The Better Business Bureau accredited the company and gave it an “A+” rating. Being able to please over 95 percent of customers and resolve most concerns on just one call, gives Securus Technologies serious credibility in its field. Affordable services and many different options are pleasing to both facility and outside customers alike. Securus Technologies is staying on top of its game by constantly evolving. It’ll be interesting to see what they’ll bring to the table next.
The U.S prison system is unique in a number of ways. One of these is the large presence of extremely powerful and far-reaching prison gangs. These gangs wield enormous power within the prison system. In fact, they often act as the de facto law enforcement within the prison population itself. But this self-policing mechanism among the inmate population is a double-edged sword.
Prison gangs can help corrections officers maintain the order and safety of the prison. This has been the case ever since the first racially integrated prisons took hold. The racial dynamic of the U.S. prison system means that inmate populations in many states have the natural tendency to form racial gangs, looking out for members of their own race so as to avoid exploitation. This allows each individual gang member to enjoy a strong measure of protection, with the gang acting as one organism, collectively dropping its deadly hammer on whoever would dare bother one of its members.
But these gangs, when allowed to operate in ways that are not conducive to prison security, can quickly become a terrifying threat. One of the most serious problems, in recent years, throughout the U.S. prison system has been the widespread proliferation of cheap cell phones. These phones are bad enough when they are in the hands of rank-and-file prisoners, being used to avoid paying for calling on the prison phone system, an important source of revenues for the institution, and being used to circumvent security protocols that are in place on the prison’s phone banks.
When these cell phones fall into the hands of prison gang leadership, however, the situation can quickly turn deadly. Contraband cell phones have been used to intimidate witnesses, undermining the integrity of the entire criminal justice system. They have also been used to get information on confidential informants and other inmates that have cooperated with the authorities in the past. These situations almost always turn deadly, with prison gangs usually maintaining a no-snitch policy, where anyone found out to be cooperating with the police is executed.
Of even graver concern is the role that contraband phones have played in the role of various assaults on prison guards. In the last two decades, one of the most serious occupational risks of being a corrections officer has been the possibility of being murdered by prison gangs. All of these incidents were the result of gang leaders having access to contraband cell phones.
Now, Securus Technologies has developed what it calls the Wireless Containment System. Able to completely block all unauthorized calls placed on cell phones from within the prison where it is installed, the Wireless Containment System may be the final blow against the threat posed by smuggled cell phones in the nation’s prison system.
Securus Technologies is a communications company that was established in 1986. Securus works with correctional institutions to provide means of communications between inmates and family members through a proprietary telephone system. Securus currently serves 1.2 million inmates in over 3,400 correctional institutions all over North America.
When an incarcerated individual can speak freely with family it helps the individual to have hope. It also serves as a reason for the individual to realize that whatever he or she is to have to go to prison affects more than himself or herself. It is good for the inmate and good for the family.
There are various ways the phone system can be set up from the family paying the charges, collect calls, monthly billing and inmate payment.
The other side of the coin is that whenever a freely usable and open system of communication is provided to incarcerated individuals there is the possibility of criminal behavior due to the freedom that such a system provides.
Securus has instituted a monitoring and a voice recognition system that can identify the caller and the recipient of the call which goes a long way towards deterring criminal intent. The inmates are informed about the system and that in itself has positive consequences.
By monitoring calls Securus is able to prevent the proliferation into the prisons of drugs, alcohol, weapons, illicit sex, and plans for outside crimes that can possibly originate in the institution.
Not all of the inmates are involved in such criminal activities, but it only takes a few to be involved to cause disruption. The monitoring system and voice recognition ability help to protect other inmates, prison personnel, families and the public at large. Just the knowledge of such a system cause most inmates to stay on the straight and narrow because they are aware of the system.
I work in an exceptionally perilous correctional facility, and every day we must get ready, or we risk being harmed by the prisoners. At the point when the prisoners outnumber the officers by 5:1 at any time whether day or night, it may be particularly risky to get data on unlawful exercises in their cells. Before long as we make out of the cell, the detainees are alarmed by each other to conceal the proof. However, with now applying Securus Technologies services, we have now found a tangible solution.
Before, trying to combat such issues in our prison, we worked extra hard to terminate the stream of that stash at the gag point. When we put our officials at the guests center, it is to discover, evacuate, and stop the passageway of weapons, drugs or cellphones from getting under the control of the detainees. These things put every one of us in danger of savagery, and it is a day by day battle to remain in front of the stream of contraband.
Most prisoners will disclose to you how they access such illicit things more effortlessly in prison than if they were out in the city. This is an immense issue we endeavor to battle with any assets accessible. At the point when Securus Technologies gave information to us that the organization could assist in tackling the issue through installing of inmate communication system, our entire team rejoiced.
The thought here was that the Securus Technologies framework would act as the ears of our institution day and night, cautioning officers to jabber the involved unlawful exercises. Not long after I was trained concerning the LBS software, I started to hear prattle about prisoners smoking in their cells, taking medications, and utilizing cellphones. Every moment the Securus system identified any chatter related to these activities; we quickly sent a group to the cell for an unexpected investigation to assemble the stash before the detainees comprehended what happened.
In the technology industry, there are many different technology companies. While there are many technology companies, most of the technology companies compete in the same or similar markets for customers and sales. This situation provides the opportunity for companies to generate a high level of competition regarding technology innovations and marketing.
While most companies can keep the competition in check, there are some companies that do not have good feelings towards the other. The companies for various reasons do not get along and the competition brings out a variety of issues between the companies. Two companies that have had various issues over the past few years are Securus Technologies and GTL. The two companies compete in the same technology market for customers and market share.
Securus Technologies has always felt that as a company, GTL does not provide the level of products or services that are provided by Securus Technologies. In a recent press release, Securus Technologies made a challenge to GTL regarding the products and services offered by the companies. Securus Technologies challenged GTL to a technology showdown that would have an independent judge determine which company had the best technology products and services.
Securus Technologies listed numerous reasons why the company feels that its products and services are better than GTL’s products and services. Securus Technologies feels that a technology showdown will show everyone that Securus Technologies is the better company.
However, GTL is yet to accept the challenge made by Securus Technologies. I think that GTL is aware of the challenge that was made by Securus Technologies but is concerned of the results that could occur if GTL accepts the challenge.
One of the leading companies in the safety arena, Securus Technologies provides various technology related products and services to public safety, law enforcement, correction agencies and inmates.