Contraband phones in the hands of inmates is an extremely dangerous thing. Nobody can tell the story of the related dangers better than Robert Johnson. Having been a victim of a crime perpetrated through unauthorized cell phones in prisons, Robert has now dedicated his life to helping eliminate the menace. It all happened in 2010, while Robert was working at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina. As an officer who had been engaged in the confiscation of contraband for 15 years, Robert had rubbed the shoulders of prison gangs benefiting from illegal phones the wrong way. He became a target.
On the fateful morning of March 5th, 2010, an intruder tracked him to his home and ended up shooting him six times in his chest and stomach. Johnson agrees even his doctors still consider his survival a great miracle, the gunshot wounds were almost tragic. Since then, Robert Johnson has undergone more than 24 surgeries and pretty much remains in pain.
Sean Echols a convict who had been released not long before the crime was apprehended and judged for the attempt on Johnson’s life. Prison gangs had contacted Echols through a contraband phone. Paid him through a reloadable Greendot card and just like that the life of a corrections officer was in danger.
With such a horrifying experience, Robert Johnson now works for Securus Technologies as a consultant. The company is now deploying advanced containment technology that absolutely manages the problem of contraband phones in prisons. The technology takes off unauthorized phones in a specific facility from any network rendering them useless.
As a 3.30 minute video filmed on Facebook live by an inmate with a contraband cellphone began to circulate online, Johnson could not understand why elected leaders could not take advantage of available technology. It is incidents like that one that Securus Technologies’ Wireless Containment Solutions is designed to stop. There is a zero chance that a criminal convicted of burglary and brandishing a knife could have used a contraband in a facility deploying the WCS technology.
A few weeks ago, Securus Technologies released crucial data that gives a picture of how dire the situation had become in some facilities. Between July 2016 and July 2017, Securus Technologies’ Wireless Containment Solutions detected and prevented 1.7 million illegal communications in only 8 prison facilities. Nobody needs to imagine the damage prevented by the blockage of those illegal phone calls. Looking at the latest incidence, however, Johnson was glad that it was just a video and not another event where a criminal was organizing a crime from behind bars.
To captain Johnson, preventing another attempt on the life of a hard-working citizen is on top of the agenda. With technologies like that deployed by Securus Technologies, we can always ensure public safety for citizens and inmates alike.