Securus Technologies: Preventing The Next Tragedy

The vast majority of us live under a blanket of security that we all too often take for granted. This is the security that is provided to us by correctional officers. They are literally on the front lines making sure that inmates are not able to carry out the kind of destruction and carnage that they might like to do if they had ample opportunity. Fortunately, companies like Securus Technologies exist to help keep this at bay.


If you do not believe that there are real risks to inmates having communication devices that connect to the outside world, then you have not heard the story of ex-correctional officer Robert Johnson.


The Lee Correctional Institute in South Carolina is a place that Johnson called his work for many years. He and other officers did their best to patrol the place and keep the outside public safe from the potential harm that could have been caused by those inside. This frequently meant intercepting packages of contraband that they inmates had coming their way. In fact, one incident in particular nearly cost Mr. Johnson his life.


There was a contraband package that arrived in Lee Correctional Institute that is believed to have had a value of approximately $50,000. At least that is the rumor that the prison gang had passed along among one another. This rumor meant that when Johnson intercepted the package, he was directly in the line of fire from the prison gang. They were out for blood, and they were not going to stop until they got it.


They sent a hit out for Johnson at his own home. He was targeted because they believed he had intercepted their package. A man broke into his home and shot Johnson a number of times. Although he was able to pull through and survive, it was one of the most horrid experiences that a person could ever have to go through. It also illustrated the fact that cell phones in the hands of inmates can lead to extremely dangerous situations.


Securus Technologies has partnered with a number of prisons to try to cut down on the use of cell phones by prison inmates in the first place. They want those devices to simply be off limits to those who are serving time. It makes a lot of sense when you think about it. This is not about being mean to prison inmates, it is about helping to make sure the public is completely safe when they are just trying to go about their business. This is exactly what Securus Technologies wants to see happen, and it is what they have been striving for since day one. They have made a lot of progress in stopping these types of attacks, and there is more progress on their horizon.