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Securus Technologies gets full approval for rollout of Wireless Containment System

Securus Technologies is one of the largest providers of inmate communications services and prison security systems in the United States today. The company has been at the forefront of developing some of the most cutting-edge systems that help prison guards and administrators keep their institutions safe and secure. From its video visitation technology, which has proven to be a wildly popular way for inmates to stay in touch with loved ones, to its high-tech, artificial-intelligence-based call-monitoring systems, Securus is blazing new trails in prison tech.

 

Now, the company is taking on what may be its biggest challenge ever. Since the late 90s, prisons across the country have been flooded with contraband cellular devices. These phones and other devices allow prisoners to effectively circumvent the security protocols and systems that the prison has installed. This poses a serious security risk to the institution. But the real threat that contraband cellphones have created is through providing an efficient and reliable means of communications with the outside world for dangerous, powerful and often-violent gang leaders.

 

Throughout most of the country, prison gangs rule the nation’s penal institutions. These gangs now exist in a sort of uneasy symbiosis with the institutions where they are contained. In a highly charged environment, where racial tensions are often right at the boiling point, the gangs can actually assist prison guards by maintaining internal discipline on a level that would not be possible for the guards themselves. Although it is a somewhat open secret in the prison world, the gangs are able to keep their members and those who they control in check through intra-gang violence. This would not be possible for guards, who would quickly face lawsuits. For this reason, the presence of prison gangs actually makes things like open rec yards and out-of-cell time possible. If it were not for the gangs’ ability to self-police and maintain order, prisoners in most of the nation’s high-security facilities might quickly find themselves locked in their cells 24 hours a day.

 

But the benefits of these gangs come with a steep cost. They are made up of criminals and are highly organized, hierarchical and often have well-read, intelligent leadership with a ruthless bent. Furthermore, prison gangs tend to be run on a Mafia-like model. They tend to be focused on making money, highly professional and ready to mete out vicious assaults on anyone who crosses them, at the drop of a hat.

 

These gangs have used contraband cellphones to intimidate witnesses, assault law enforcement and even carry out assassinations of prison staff. But Securus Technologies is putting an end to that with its Wireless Containment System. The WCS is currently being deployed at many prisons throughout the United States, where it has been proven 100 percent effective in shutting down illegal cellular calls.

 

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Securus Technologies Helping Prevent the Use of Contraband Phones Inside Prison with Its WCS Technology

The correctional field has been highly competitive, and many companies are trying to dominate this growing sector. One of the companies that have been consistently growing regarding revenue, size, and market reputation since it was established in the year 1986 is Securus Technologies. The company is a market leader in North America, where over 3.400 correctional facilities use its services. More than 1.2 million inmates currently rely on Securus Technologies for the inmate communications services it provides. Securus Technologies spends millions of dollars each year on market and scientific research and developing high-end and advanced correctional technology, which has helped the company outgrow its competitors and lead the competition from the front.

 

Securus Technologies continues to develop new high-end technologies from time to time, and one of the latest technologies that it has introduced in the correctional sphere is the wireless containment system. With the help of wireless containment system, Securus Technologies would help the correctional facilities to eliminate the use of contraband phones by the inmates, which is a problem that has cost hundreds and even thousands of lives over the years. With the help of these smuggled contraband phones, the criminals inside the prison can control many different criminal activities outside the prison and can also potentially put the lives of the many law enforcement officials serving them in danger. Recently, it was found that one of the inmates in the Evans Correctional Facility shot a video of nearly 4 minutes and posted it on the social media network from inside the prison.

 

Such an incident comes as a shame to the law enforcement agencies and also highlights how vulnerable the lives of the officers inside and outside of the prison are. It is where the wireless containment system by Securus Technologies can help in ensuring that such incidents can be prevented. The wireless containment system would render the contraband phones inside the prison useless, and only the authorized communication with the registered phones would be made possible. So, even if the contraband phones reach the hand of the inmates, they would not be able to make or receive calls on it. It is this kind of system that was tasted in around eight facilities that Securus Technologies serve. It was seen that within one year, the wireless containment system was able to stop over 1.7 million unauthorized and illegal communications.

 

Robert Johnson, a former corrections officer, who now works with Securus Technologies as a consultant says that there is no technology other than the wireless containment system that can prevent the use of contraband phones as efficiently now. The company has invested millions into its development and is committed to updating the technology as the research continues to expand its capabilities.