Securus Technologies: Hanging up Prison calls

Robert Johnson, a South Florida resident, and an ex-corrections officer was targeted by a prison inmate who had a cell phone is working towards disconnecting inmates’ cell phones so that what happened to him won’t happen to other people. He ended up being shot six times in his stomach and chest. Johnson, who now works for Securus Technologies as a paid consultant aims at managing access to inmates’ cell phones to stop them from making calls.

 

Johnson has been addressing his horror story for almost seven years. It is because of this that he is motivated to keep cell phones away from prison inmates. Robert says that inmates having access to cell phones is a threat to the community. Back in 2010, when he used to stay at Delray Beach, he worked at a correctional institution in South Carolina. Johnson’s primary duty was to seize contraband. He was so dedicated to his work that he ended up being shot.

 

He recalls intercepting a considerable package about two weeks before he got shot. The bag of contraband was believed to belong to a prison gang and was valued at $50,000. He recalls hearing a boom at his front door on the morning of March 5, 2010, when he got up. He immediately knew that it was a hit. He says he called the burglar to the hallway to prevent him from going to his bedroom. After a short struggle, the intruder pushed him backward and raised his gun towards him. He was shot six times in his chest and stomach.

 

When he got to the hospital, he was in critical condition. The doctors and hospital chaplain told his wife to wait for the worst. To date, he says his survival was a miracle. In March, Johnson faced the Federal Communications Commission during a hearing about addressing the issue of controlling cell phones in prisons. The FCC is directly involved with calls made from anywhere as it regulates airwaves that are used cell phone providers. Johnson decided to dedicate his career to fight against smuggled cell phones in prisons and jamming signals from prisons.

 

Secures Technologies, where he now works as a consultant uses a Wireless Containment System to stop inmates’ cell phone calls. A Securus spokesperson explained that they are setting up a cell phone network. Once an inmate’s phone connects to the network and they dial a number, Securus chooses what to do with the dialed number. Their antenna has a powerful signal to phones, and it attracts all phone calls received and made from prisons. He goes on to explain that only known numbers can connect. Secures technologies say their system has blocked 1.7 million calls from prisons throughout the country.

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