Securus Technologies Develops Technology to Keep the Community Safe

Robert Johnson worked for the Florida Department of Corrections for a number of years. He was a correctional officer at Florida correctional institutions.


Johnson came to work, on what seemed like an ordinary day. While at work, he discovered a box of contraband that an inmate, or inmates, were attempting to have brought into the facility. The value of the contraband contained in the box was thought to be about $50,000. Johnson prevented this contraband from getting into the hands of the inmate population.


Johnson was not aware of the fact that the inmate who was attempting to get the contraband into the facility had a mobile phone in his position. Illegal mobile phones are significant problems in correctional facilities across the United States.


Using the illegal mobile phone, the inmate set about to exact revenge and retribution on correctional officer Johnson. The inmate reached out to a fellow gang member outside the correctional facility.


The inmate made arrangements with his fellow gang member to have correctional officer Johnson killed. The scheme to kill Johnson was sent into action.


Not long after the inmate made the illegal phone call to set up the killing of Johnson, the inmates compatriot arrived at the correctional officer’s home early one morning. The inmate’s colleague broke down the front door and stormed into Johnson’s home.


The attacker opened fire on Johnson, shooting him multiple times. The prognosis for Johnson after the attack was not good. He was not expected to survive. In the end, Johnson managed to survive the attack on his life.


Following this horrific incident, Johnson started a crusade to keep illegal mobile phones out of correctional facilities. He strives mightily to let the world know how serious of a problem illegal phones in correctional institutions is as this juncture in time.


Securus Technologies takes what Johnson says to heart. Securus Technologies has designed an truly innovative Wireless Containment System to aid correctional institutions in identifying and eliminating mobile phones. In the process of getting its Wireless Containment System in the hands of a growing number of correctional institutions, Securus Technologies analyzed the extent of the problem. Securus Technologies had grave news to report as a result of its study.


Securus Technologies detected over 1.7 illegal communications in correctional facilities in the United States over the course of a one year period of time. These illegal communications intercepted by Securus Technologies occurred at only eight correctional institutions.


Securus Technologies is considered to be the industry leader in regard to a variety of products, services, and solutions for correctional institutions. Securus Technologies is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The company currently serves over 3,450 public safety, law enforcement, and correctional agencies located throughout North America. That incorporates a total inmate population of over 1.2 million offenders.


How Securus Technologies Helps Officers in Jail

Working as a guard in a very hostile prison means that officers need all the help they can get to maintain order. With only a limited staff of corrections officers and the inmate populating getting bigger by the week, violence is definitely at an all-time high this year. Not only are those inmates lashing out at one another, they want to make a point by attacking guests, prison staff, and officers any chance they can get.


One of my duties does not include getting attacked each week by inmates, so we welcome any sort of technology to help us to better have some degree of order throughout the entire facility.


Over the years we have been afforded some resources that have helped us to be able to keep our jail running like a well-oiled machine. The drug dogs are a key part of doing cell inspections, allowing us the find contraband that is right under our noses but just out of sight. Eliminating those drugs lessens the chances of violent outbursts by uncontrollable inmates.


The huge airport scanners in the visitor center help keep guests from bringing anything into the jail that could be used by the inmates to harm others. We uses these scanners before the inmates meet the guests and after the meetings to ensure nothing gets back to the cells.


Securus Technologies was responsible for officers being able to hear what inmates are saying when they use jail telephones. The LBS software replaces my officers who used to have to sit in that call center, so now we are a full force again, and the Securus Technologies call monitoring system scans all the calls for chatter pertaining to illegal activities.


We get immediate alerts when drugs, weapons, violence, gang issues, contraband, or any threats are being made over the phone.