The Real Threat Of Inmate Phone Calls

The threat that an inmate poses to the outside world may seem incredibly limited. We all tend to feel pretty secure when it comes to inmates because we figure that they are locked up and can pose no danger to us. Robert Johnson would tell you that this is not the truth at all. He has personally been damaged by someone who was behind bars at the time.

 

Johnson was a corrections officer for some time in South Carolina. He had done that job for about fifteen years. During many points in that tenure, he would take away contraband materials from entering the prison. It is an important job for someone to do, and that is exactly what Johnson was responsible for. One of the things that he took away from inmates was a package that they believed had $50,000 worth of material in it. When a gang in the prison got word that the package had been taken away, they sought their revenge on him by ordering a hit.

 

It would usually be extremely difficult for them to do this obviously since all of their phone calls are monitored. However, these particular inmates had managed to sneak an illegal cell phone into the prison. By doing so, they made it a lot easier on themselves to order the hit that they wanted on Johnson. It all happened one night while the corrections officer was at home with his family. An intruder came in and shot him multiple times. It was very likely that Johnson could have died as a result of the attack.

 

These are the kind of stories that ought to terrify anyone, and they certain get the attention of companies like Securus Technologies. They work on developing communications technologies that can work within in the prisons. That is technology that keeps inmate phone calls safe and monitored as they should be.

 

Many states and prisons have teamed up with Securus to make their facilities a lot safer. They use the tools that Securus provides to prevent cell phones from making their way into the prisons in the first place. They also make sure that when calls do go out as a result of illegal cell phones that they are noted immediately and therefore it makes it a lot easier to figure out where those phones have come from, and how to get them back out of the prisons where they belong.

 

It is a long journey towards a system that has absolutely no phones in prisons. People are always going to try to sneak in materials that they are not supposed to have. Still, there is hope that fewer people will have to put up with this in the future.