One of the most serious threats that confronts the nation’s prisons is that posed by illegal cell phones. As the primary means that organized gangs can use to communicate with associates on the outside of prison, illegal cell phones allow for these dangerous organizations to continue to ply their criminal trade, even as their top leadership is incarcerated in high-security facilities.
The problem of illicit cell phones first started becoming apparent in the mid 1990s, when cell phones became small enough that handheld devices could readily be smuggled into the nation’s prisons. The problem only accelerated throughout the 2000s, with devices becoming ever smaller and the computer chips used in them becoming ever more powerful. Today, with the advent of smart phones, organized criminal gangs operating within prison have the same kind of communications and computation power in a single contraband cellular device that corporations such as IBM had in the 1960s. This is extremely bad news for prison administrators and even society at large, as these well-organized criminal groups make ample use of these illegal cell phones to carry out large-scale criminal activity, including interfering with the justice system and even ordering hits on those who stand in the way of gangs’ profits.
Securus Technologies has a solution
But now, Securus Technologies, the most prominent inmate communications provider in the U.S., has a solution to the problem of illegal cell phones being introduced into the nation’s prison system. Through its Wireless Containment System, the company is making some of the most significant strides towards the total elimination of contraband cellular devices that have ever been seen.
The system is now deployed in dozens of carceral facilities throughout the country. In those institutions, it has a proven track record of making it nearly impossible for those placing calls from unauthorized cellular devices to get through to outside networks, completely eliminating the ability of prison gangs to easily communicate with their associates on the outside.
The system also makes it very easy for officers to detect, locate and confiscate any illegal device that has been smuggled into the prison or that is operating without authorization. The Wireless Containment System has the capability to home in on any signal being emitted from any cellular device within the institution’s grounds, giving officers a pinpoint location on a visual user interface that shows them precisely where the illegal phone is located.
This has given officers in prisons where the system has been deployed a huge leg up on the problem, with the virtual elimination of all unauthorized communications within the prisons where the system is operating.
Through advancements such as these, Securus continues to deploy technology that is saving lives throughout the nation’s prisons.